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June 20, 2015

Kingston has a history of making sporting use of the city’s enviable freshwater harbour all year round.

While many know that Kingston boasts some of the best freshwater sailing in the world (it hosted 1976 Olympic sailing events), you may be surprised to learn the city also offers the best freshwater shipwreck diving in the world. An estimated 400 shipwrecks – from schooners to steamships dating back to the 19th century – are believed to be lurking under the waves in the Kingston region. Dive operators visit 15 popular sites as part of the Preserve Our Wrecks program, which safeguards heritage wrecks.

Hockey fans also know that Kingston lays claim to being the birthplace of hockey.  In 1886, teams from Queen’s University and the Royal Military College faced off in Kingston Harbour – an event memorialized each year during the Carr-Harris Cup.

Founded in September 1943, Kingston is home to the Original Hockey Hall of Fame – now known as the International Hockey Hall of Fame – the oldest sports hall of fame in Canada.

In addition to these notable sport claims-to-fame, Kingston has also produced its fair share of Olympians, including decorated triathlete Simon Whitfield, recent silver-medallist rowers Will Crothers and Rob Gibson, and hockey legend Kirk Muller.

Visit Kingston during Doors Open and discover the heritage behind the legends.

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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
University Avenue at Bader Lane, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-533-2190
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Agnes Etherington Centre, Kingston’s public gallery since 1957, exhibits historical and contemporary art in gorgeous modern spaces appended to the elegant neo-Georgian home of its founder. Visitors will enjoy Etherington House and a fascinating array of exhibits. A drop-in art program for all ages takes place in the André Biéler Studio. Guides offer impromptu talks throughout the day.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
Self-guided tours available
Ontario's sport heritage

Canada's Penitentiary Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
555 King Street West at Sir. John A. Macdonald Blvd.
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-530-3122
Year built: 1873
Architect: Henry Horsey
Style: Italianate
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Canada’s Penitentiary Museum occupies Cedarhedge, the former warden’s residence of Kingston Penitentiary. Built by convicts using local limestone with Ohio sandstone accents, this home was first occupied in 1873. Today, eight rooms of the house have been converted into galleries referencing the history of Canada’s federal correctional system. Special exhibits include a display about prison sports programs.
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Fort Frontenac

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317 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-541-5010
Year built: 1673
Building type: Military
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fort Frontenac, established in 1673, occupies a site of national historic significance at the strategic confluence of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. Currently the home of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, the fort has endured over 300 years of Canadian history and every Canadian campaign from the Iroquois Wars to the War in Afghanistan.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

HMCS Cataraqui

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24 Navy Way
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-541-5010, ext. 6112
Year built: 1992
Building type: Military
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
HMCS Cataraqui is the home of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in Kingston. Visitors will tour the building and learn about the storied history of the RCN in Kingston. Visitors will also meet local naval reserve sailors, see their small boats and other unique equipment and enjoy their interactive displays.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Kingston City Hall

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
216 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-546-4291, ext. 1520
Year built: 1841-44
Architect: George Browne
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kingston City Hall is one of Kingston’s most famous national historic sites. A treasure chest of local and national artifacts, the building showcases a collection of historical portraits, including one of Sir John A. Macdonald, a resident of Kingston and Canada’s first prime minister. The beautiful stained-glass windows and original jail cells will delight children of all ages!
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Kingston Police Headquarters

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705 Division Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-549-4660
Architect: Rebanks Pepper Littlewood/Shoalts and Zaback
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Kingston Police Headquarters provides a workplace for approximately 260 people on three levels. The design includes natural light and views for all workstations. It offers complete and effective security while being open, inviting and flexible to allow for future organizational changes. The building was designed to be the greenest police building in Canada, and has received LEED Gold Certification.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Kingston School of Art and Window Art Gallery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
647A Princess Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-549-1528
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Kingston School of Art provides affordable, hands-on instruction in drawing, painting, sculpture, pastels, mixed media and printmaking to hundreds of students, children and adults alike. The Window Art Gallery provides exhibition space to Kingston artists in a beautiful light-filled space. This Doors Open event will include art demonstrations, art activities for children, and tours of the school.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

MacLachlan Woodworking Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2993 Highway 2 East
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-542-0543
Year built: log house 1853, exhibit building 1983
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours hourly from 11 a.m.; special "Meet the Animals" session at 1 p.m.
The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum is at the entrance to scenic Grass Creek Park, in an 1853 log cabin. The museum contains woodworking tools and interesting wooden objects and art. Learn about biodiversity while touring the travelling exhibit Hands on Nature, on loan from Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum.  The new children’s forest will also be open all day for exploration/play.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Pump House Steam Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
23 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-544-PUMP (7867)
Year built: 1849
Architect: Joseph Power
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours every 30 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This museum, housed in one of Canada’s oldest waterworks, is a testament to Kingston’s industrial past, highlighting steam power. Come and enjoy the model trains, the Gordon C. Leitch Discovery Centre or transport yourself back to ancient Egypt by visiting our latest exhibition: Egypt, Gift of the Nile.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Rogers K-Rock Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1 Tragically Hip Way
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-650-5000
Year built: 2008
Architect: Brisbin Brook Beynon
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Rogers K-Rock Centre is Kingston’s premier sports and entertainment venue, designed to host major concerts, family shows, ice shows and other world-class entertainment. Located on The Tragically Hip Way in downtown Kingston, the Rogers K-Rock Centre is only a short walk from some of Kingston’s finest hotels, restaurants and shopping.
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

St. George's Cathedral

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
270 King Street East
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-548-4617
Year built: 1825-91
Architect: Thomas Rogers (1825) and Joseph Power (1891)
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The original 1825 building was a simple, rectangular stone church with a steeple designed by Kingston’s first practising architect. The present cathedral, with dome and transepts, incorporates the original and was completed in 1891. Three of the walls of the original church still stand, part of the present cathedral’s nave. Lord Sydenham, British North America’s first governor, is buried here.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

St. Paul's Anglican Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
137 Queen Street (at Montreal Street)
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-542-5870
Year built: 1845
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1845 as a garrison church, St. Paul’s serves as a centre for Christian worship and outreach and as a chapel for the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment. Celebrating its 170th anniversary in 2015, St. Paul’s invites you to join local dignitaries for an anniversary celebration beginning at 11 a.m. Enjoy live entertainment, a barbecue and strawberry social.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Sydenham Street United Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
82 Sydenham Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-542-9616
Year built: 1852
Architect: William Coverdale
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This building is home to the Sydenham Street United Church congregation, as well as various local cultural and social service groups, including Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, the Choral Society, the Reelout Film Festival and the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites. Resident groups will be on hand to promote their activities.