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Kingston and Area

in-person event information

September 24 and 25, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore, discover, encounter the fascinating spaces, places and stories of Kingston and Area – including some surprises in Greater Napanee, Almonte, Perth and Smiths Falls!

"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." – Henry Miller

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    At the gateway of the 1000 Islands and the UNESCO-designated Rideau Canal, Kingston is a city of many names, many peoples, many stories and many directions – from its First Peoples to the settlers who eventually came to call it home.

    Nestled within a region known for its vibrant cultural heritage, Kingston is often called "the limestone city" because of its charming limestone buildings, many of which help tell the story of Canada.

    With plenty of museums, art galleries and historical sites to keep you busy – from small, specialized museums and arts venues brimming with local and international talent to national historical treasures – Kingston is also a wonderful starting point to expand your horizons and explore the wider area.

    #visitlocal #expandyourhorizons

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    Barriefield Village Heritage Conservation District and Rock Garden Walking TourDoors Open Kingston

    Barriefield Village Heritage Conservation District and Rock Garden Walking Tour

    Barriefield, established in 1814, is a village overlooking the Cataraqui River. In its heyday, it boasted taverns, boat-building yards, a sawmill, blacksmiths, carpenters, shops, a village school and a church. Barriefield Village was designated as the first Heritage Conservation District in Ontario and still retains its 19th-century character. Come and tour this village and explore its many sites and vistas.

    • Parking
    • Partial wheelchair access
    • Self-guided tours available
    • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

    Contact info

    Start at the Frontenac County Schools Museum (414 Regent Street)
    Barriefield (Kingston), Ontario
    https://barriefieldvillage.com

    Architecture

    Year built: Various

    Architect: Various

    Dates/hours open

    Sep 24 - Sep 25

    Bellevue House National Historic Site - Visitor Centre and GardensDoors Open Kingston

    Bellevue House National Historic Site - Visitor Centre and Gardens

    Bellevue House is a place where Canadians can explore the complex legacy of Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and share in conversations about Canadian history. Set in a quiet Kingston neighborhood, the tranquil grounds are surrounded by an orchard and a heritage garden. Kids can enjoy Pollinators to Prime Ministers, a 30-minute interactive kitchen-garden experience.

    • French services available
    • Guided tours available
    • Kid-friendly
    • National Historic Site (Canada)
    • Parking
    • Partial wheelchair access
    • Self-guided tours available
    • Washrooms

    Contact info

    35 Centre Street
    Kingston, Ontario
    https://PC.gc.ca/bellevue

    Architecture

    Year built: 1840
    Building type: Attraction Historical landmark
    Architect: George Browne

    Dates/hours open

    Sep 24 - Sep 25

    Frontenac County Schools MuseumDoors Open Kingston

    Frontenac County Schools Museum

    Set in historical Barriefield Village, the Frontenac County Schools Museum collects, preserves and displays artifacts and archival materials from the one-room schools of Frontenac County – from the earliest establishment to the consolidation of school districts in 1970. Featuring a replica one-room school and a display gallery, the museum offers plenty of fun activities for all ages. Register for guided tours.

    • Guided tours available
    • Kid-friendly
    • Parking
    • Partial wheelchair access
    • Self-guided tours available
    • Washrooms

    Contact info

    414 Regent Street
    Barriefield, Ontario
    Email: fcschoolsmuseum@gmail.com
    https://www.fcsmuseum.com

    Architecture

    Year built: 1886
    Building type: Government building Museum Place of worship
    Architect: William Newlands

    Dates/hours open

    Sep 24 - Sep 24

    Inge-VaDoors Open Kingston

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    Inge-Va

    This stone residence was built in Perth for Reverend Michael Harris, the first Episcopalian minister in the district. By 1833, it was the home of Thomas Mabon Radenhurst, a prominent local lawyer. Ella Inderwick purchased the property in the 1890s and named it "Inge-Va" – a Tamil word meaning "come here." Inge-Va was donated to the Ontario Heritage Trust in 1974.

    • Digital Doors Open
    • National Historic Site (Canada)
    • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
    • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
    • Virtual tours

    Contact info

    66 Craig Street
    Perth, Ontario
    https://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/inge-va

    Architecture

    Year built: 1823-24
    Building type: Historical landmark

    Dates/hours open

    Sep 24 - Sep 24

    Italo-Canadian Club of KingstonDoors Open Kingston

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    Italo-Canadian Club of Kingston

    The Italo-Canadian Club of Kingston is a cultural centre that was built by Italian immigrants to Canada. When they arrived in Kingston, Italians were not always welcomed into the city’s community spaces. For this reason, they built this safe haven. It has been an epicentre for Italian food and celebrations and frequently hosts cooking classes and other cultural events.

    • Food vendors
    • Full wheelchair access
    • Parking
    • Self-guided tours available

    Contact info

    1174 Italia Lane
    Kingston, Ontario
    Email: hello@italo-canadianclub.com
    https://www.icckingston.com

    Architecture

    Year built: 1963
    Building type: Attraction Concert hall Food and drink

    Dates/hours open

    Sep 25 - Sep 25

    Lower Burial Ground at St. Paul's Anglican ChurchDoors Open Kingston

    Lower Burial Ground at St. Paul's Anglican Church

    Kingston's Lower Burial Ground was laid out in 1783 for Loyalists who came here following the American Revolution. Many early citizens are buried here, including prominent residents, Black slaves brought by Loyalists, and Great Lakes sailors. Your visit will include an exterior look at the church and a unique opportunity to see part of the cemetery under the church hall.

    • Guided tours available
    • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

    Contact info

    137 Queen Street (at Montreal Street)
    Kingston, Ontario
    Email: lowerburialground@gmail.com
    https://www.lowerburialground.ca

    Architecture

    Year built: 1840s (cemetery established in 1783)
    Building type: Cemetery Historical landmark Place of worship
    Architect: Henry Bowyer Joseph Lane-Church (1846); William Hay (rebuilt after the fire, 1854-56)

    Dates/hours open

    Sep 24 - Sep 24

    Macpherson House and ParkDoors Open Kingston

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    Macpherson House and Park

    Come and explore this 1826 historical house in Napanee that interprets the Macphersons – an affluent Upper Canada family. Step back in time and imagine what was cooking on the hearth. You can almost hear the music flowing from the ballroom. And gaze at the splendour of the house, nestled along the banks of the Napanee River.

    • Kid-friendly
    • Self-guided tours available

    Contact info

    180 Elizabeth Street
    Napanee, Ontario
    https://lennox-addington.on.ca/museum-archives/macpherson-house

    Architecture

    Year built: 1826
    Building type: Historical landmark Historical house Museum

    Dates/hours open

    Sep 24 - Sep 24

    Manidoo Ogitigan (Spirit Garden)Doors Open Kingston

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    Manidoo Ogitigan (Spirit Garden)

    This art installation by Terence Radford – in production by the City and Alderville First Nation since 2013 – speaks to the treaty rights and historical occupation of Alderville First Nation territory in Katarokwi/Kingston. It incorporates the history of wampum belts, the symbolism of the medicine wheel, and over 430 native plant species chosen with guidance from the Alderville Black Oak Savanna.

    • Kid-friendly
    • Parking
    • Self-guided tours available

    Contact info

    Inside Lake Ontario Park (follow the signs)
    Kingston, Ontario
    https://www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/alderville-first-nation-commemoration

    Architecture


    Dates/hours open

    Sep 24 - Sep 25

    Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at KingstonDoors Open Kingston

    Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston

    The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes is located at the Kingston Dry Dock property (formerly the location of the Kingston Shipyards Co.). Opened in 1891, the Kingston Dry Dock was used as a repair station and shipbuilding site until 1968, producing everything from merchant ships to corvettes and minesweepers during the World Wars. Book your guided tour here.

    • Guided tours available
    • Kid-friendly
    • National Historic Site (Canada)
    • Parking
    • Partial wheelchair access
    • Self-guided tours available
    • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
    • Washrooms

    Contact info

    55 Ontario Street
    Kingston, Ontario
    Email: marmus@marmuseum.ca
    https://www.marmuseum.ca

    Architecture

    Year built: 1890
    Building type: Commercial Historical landmark Museum Transportation
    Architect: Henry Perley

    Dates/hours open

    Sep 24 - Sep 24

    Mississippi Valley Textile MuseumDoors Open Kingston

    Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

    Woollen manufacturing emerged as a major Canadian industry between 1840 and 1870. Mills were built in areas like this where water power, labour and supplies were abundant. This museum occupies the annex of the former Rosamond Mill and is one of the surviving Ottawa Valley textile manufacturing complexes from the late 19th century. Come and explore this unique heritage treasure.

    • Full wheelchair access
    • Self-guided tours available
    • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
    • Washrooms

    Contact info

    3 Rosamond Street East
    Almonte, Ontario
    https://mvtm.ca/mvt2

    Architecture

    Building type: Attraction Commercial Historical landmark Museum

    Dates/hours open

    Sep 24 - Sep 25

    Murney Tower Museum National Historic SiteDoors Open Kingston

    Murney Tower Museum National Historic Site

    The Murney Tower Museum is a community museum operated by the Kingston Historical Society in partnership with Parks Canada. Located in one of Kingston’s iconic Martello towers, it is part of the Rideau Canal and Kingston Fortifications (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Kingston’s oldest operating museum, it features a collection of 1,000 military and domestic artifacts, portraying 19th-century Kingston.

    • Kid-friendly
    • National Historic Site (Canada)
    • Parking
    • Self-guided tours available
    • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

    Contact info

    2 King Street West at Barrie Street
    Kingston, Ontario
    https://www.murneytower.com

    Architecture

    Year built: 1846
    Building type: Military Museum

    Dates/hours open

    Sep 24 - Sep 25

    Museum of Health Care at KingstonDoors Open Kingston

    Museum of Health Care at Kingston

    The imposing beaux-arts-style Ann Baillie Building was originally a student nurses' residence from 1904-69. Now, it is the home of the Museum of Health Care with an extensive collection of artifacts. Gallery visits, tours of the collections rooms and children's craft activities will allow you to experience the history of health care in Canada. Registration required (limited capacity).

    • Digital Doors Open
    • Full wheelchair access
    • Guided tours available
    • Kid-friendly
    • National Historic Site (Canada)
    • Self-guided tours available
    • Washrooms
    • Videos

    Contact info

    32 George Street
    Kingston, Ontario
    Email: museum@kingstonhsc.ca
    http://www.museumofhealthcare.ca

    Architecture

    Year built: 1904
    Building type: Health-care facility Historical landmark Museum
    Architect: William Newlands

    Dates/hours open

    Sep 24 - Sep 25

    Museum of Lennox & AddingtonDoors Open Kingston

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    Museum of Lennox & Addington

    Discover this interactive museum housed in an 1860 former jail. Explore the history of county through adult and family-friendly programs, exhibitions and collections-based learning. Or check out their archives to help fill in your family tree. History, traditions and cultures come to life as you explore the many ways to make the most out of your experience at this museum.

    • Kid-friendly
    • Parking
    • Partial wheelchair access
    • Self-guided tours available

    Contact info

    97 Thomas Street
    Napanee, Ontario
    https://countymuseum.ca

    Architecture

    Year built: 1860s
    Building type: Attraction Courthouse Museum

    Dates/hours open

    Sep 24 - Sep 24

    Perth MuseumDoors Open Kingston

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    Perth Museum

    Leave the 21st century behind as you enter the world of the 1840s at the elegant Matheson House, home of the award-winning Perth Museum. The stone dwelling was built in 1840 for the Honourable Roderick Matheson, a wealthy merchant and senator. Four period rooms have been carefully restored and furnished to reflect the lifestyle of the Matheson family.

    • Guided tours available
    • Kid-friendly
    • National Historic Site (Canada)
    • Parking
    • Partial wheelchair access
    • Self-guided tours available
    • Washrooms

    Contact info

    11 Gore Street East
    Perth, Ontario
    Email: tourism@perth.ca
    https://www.perth.ca/en/visit/perth-museum.aspx

    Architecture

    Year built: 1840
    Building type: Historical landmark Historical house Museum

    Dates/hours open

    Sep 24 - Sep 25

    Smiths Falls Heritage House MuseumDoors Open Kingston

    Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum

    This Smiths Falls community museum and historical house showcases artifacts and stories of Smiths Falls with period rooms, local exhibits and art shows. A visit offers unique mirror-image façades, an indoor brick bake oven, a famous two-storey privy, exhibition galleries, spacious gardens and a picnic area. The grounds are on a picturesque portion of the Rideau Canal.

    • French services available
    • Guided tours available
    • Kid-friendly
    • Parking
    • Partial wheelchair access
    • Self-guided tours available
    • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

    Contact info

    11 Old Slys Road
    Smiths Falls, Ontario
    Email: heritagehouse@smithsfalls.ca
    https://www.facebook.com/HeritageHouseMuseum

    Architecture

    Year built: 1862-63
    Building type: Historical landmark Historical house Museum
    Architect: Joshua Bates

    Dates/hours open

    Sep 24 - Sep 25

    St. George's CathedralDoors Open Kingston

    St. George's Cathedral

    St. George's Cathedral is a prominent part of Kingston's skyline and a local landmark. It is one of Kingston’s most prominent public buildings, located within the St. George's Cathedral Block Heritage Conservation District (HCD). This HCD includes the cathedral, Sexton's House, the Old Post Office and the Customs House. St. George's is also close to the Market Square district.

    • Self-guided tours available
    • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
    • Washrooms

    Contact info

    270 King Street East
    Kingston, Ontario
    https://www.stgeorgescathedral.ca

    Architecture

    Year built: 1825
    Building type: Place of worship
    Architect: Thomas Rogers

    Dates/hours open

    Sep 24 - Sep 24

    The Spire at the Sydenham Street United ChurchDoors Open Kingston

    The Spire at the Sydenham Street United Church

    For generations, The Spire's distinctive needle has been a beacon on the Kingston skyline. This large neo-Gothic church, with its majestic performance hall/sanctuary, is a premier concert venue and community hub. Learn about the community groups who call this place home, share in some engaging stories, and learn about secret spaces from the past to the present.

    • Full wheelchair access
    • Guided tours available
    • Kid-friendly
    • Parking
    • Self-guided tours available
    • Washrooms

    Contact info

    82 Sydenham Street
    Kingston, Ontario
    Email: sydenham@kos.net
    https://www.thespirekingston.org

    Architecture

    Year built: 1852
    Building type: Historical landmark Place of worship
    Architect: William Coverdale (1852); Colin Drever (1885); Bruce Downey (2017)

    Dates/hours open

    Sep 24 - Sep 24