Planning a trip to Kingston, Ontario? Our tour guides share their local knowledge and favourite adventures to help you plan the perfect visit to the Limestone City!
You Must Check Out….
The Haunted Walk of Kingston
200 Ontario Street
The #1-ranked tour of Kingston on TripAdvisor! Founded in Kingston in 1995, The Haunted Walk is now Canada’s largest walking tour company and also operates in Ottawa and Toronto. The ghost tours are a great combination of chills, mysteries and local history. A great way to end a day of sightseeing!
The Kingston Penitentiary & Canada’s Penitentiary Museum
560 King St W / 555 King St W
With the future of the Kingston Penitentiary hanging in the balance (check out our recent podcast on the topic), we highly recommend taking a tour of Canada’s Big House. Featuring striking architecture and countless incredible tales, Kingston Penitentiary is older than Canada itself. You will never forget your time behind bars. Be sure to also visit Canada’s Penitentiary Museum located just across the street in the original Warden’s Residence. Featuring punishment devices, homemade weapons and tales of daring escape attempts, this museum is one of our absolute favourites!
Fort Henry National Historic Site
1 Fort Henry Dr
No visit to Kingston is complete without a visit to this 19th century fortress. Interact with uniformed military interpreters and watch demonstrations as you learn about British military life. The Haunted Walk Experience at Fort Henry is a great way to explore the spooky side of the site after the sun goes down.
Small But Fascinating…
Museum of Health Care
32 George St
Not to be overlooked, the Museum of Health Care features a collection of over 35,000 medical artifacts (including an iron lung!) that tell the story of how Canadians have managed disease, pain and suffering since Confederation. You can cover the museum in 60 minutes or less. Admission is by donation.
So Much Natural Beauty…
1440 Coverdale Dr
Bordered by Lake Ontario and Collins Bay, Lemoine Point is home to 136 hectares of forest, field and marsh plus a spectacular waterfront. There are many opportunities for recreation and to appreciate nature throughout every season.
Alma St. & Ordnance St.
Included on the Original Haunted Walk of Kingston, McBurney Park is often referred to as “Skeleton Park” because it is located on top of a hidden burial ground. The area was a cemetery from 1809 to 1893 when the city knocked over the tombstones, poured soil and planted grass seed to turn the area into a city park. Watch your step when you visit, sometimes old tombstones poke up out of the ground!
Quick Eats and Cafés
The Common Market
136 Ontario St
A favourite among Haunted Walk tour guides, The Common Market is a great place to grab coffee and gaze out on Lake Ontario. It also has a small market if you need to pick up a few tasty items for the road.
73 Brock St
This incredible spot is known for its live music, art and an amazing courtyard. Musiikki also offers the largest selection of scotch and whiskey in the city. A great spot to relax after some ghost stories.
Darn Tasty Food
Tir Nan Og Irish Pub
200 Ontario St
The “Nog” is the closest spot to grab a quick bite or beverage before your tour. With our ticket office located in the same building, we are frequent patrons and love their friendly staff.
The Rustic Spud
175 Bagot St
The Rustic Spud’s extensive menu filled with unbeatable flavour combinations at reasonable prices will please all palettes. The friendly and relaxed atmosphere has made our staff repeat customers.
68 Princess St
Inspired by flavours from around the world and prepared using the best local produce, “the Pig” (as it is affectionately known to locals) is one of Kingston’s most delicious fine dining experiences.
Breweries & Beer
Kingston Brewing Company
34 Clarence St
Haunted Walk tour guides have been haunting the “Brew Pub” since our first season in 1995. Beers, wines, ciders and soda pops are made on site and the food is tasty traditional pub fare. A large collection of beer memorabilia and pub photos will keep your eyes busy for days!
Stone City Ales
275 Princess St
If you are a beer lover, you may want to visit Stone City Ales. The bottle shop features their four mainstays with special releases on rotation. Inspired food options are also available but better for a light snack to pair with your beer than a full meal.
Historic Buildings Open to the Public
Kingston City Hall
216 Ontario St
Kingston’s City Hall is a nationally designated heritage site toured by thousands of visitors each year. It’s only steps from our ticket office at 200 Ontario Street. Self-guided tours are available.
St. Georges Cathedral (Anglican)
270 King St E
St. Georges Cathedral dates back to 1825 and was designed by Thomas Rogers, the first practising architect in Kingston. St. Georges provides a self-guided tour to explore the building’s history and grounds.
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception (Roman Catholic)
279 Johnson St
St. Mary’s is a stunning building constructed out of stone quarried from the ground on which it stands. Take a virtual tour online and then go inside to see the church for yourself. It is one of four churches located within 600m of each other along historic Clergy Street.