History Is Very Much Alive
Fort Henry National Historic Site
Fort Henry is one of Canada’s premier historic attractions, along with the Rideau Canal and the Kingston Fortifications, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built from solid Kingston limestone and armed with an arsenal of cannons and Snider Enfield rifles, Fort Henry was constructed to guard Kingston against foreign invasion. Today, Fort Henry is both a museum and a spectacular historic site. Once inside the fortification’s wooden gates, visitors enter a marvelous reproduction of 19th-century military life. Thousands of international guests are welcomed with hands-on programs for kids and adults, musical and sporting events, daily half-hour tours, and live interpretations. Plus, summer evenings feature Fort Henry Guard music and artillery performances!
Kingston has a rich heritage and local pride that is showcased in the 24 museums and historic sites that you can enjoy and discover. Here are a few of the museums worth checking out:
Bellevue House Natural Historic Site of Canada
Visit the 1840’s restored house and gardens of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister. Exhibits in the visitor centre commemorate his life and career, and costumed staff present the daily life of the Macdonald family. Located at 35 Centre Street, Kingston.
Canada’s Penitentiary Museum
Built-in 1873 as the Kingston Penitentiary Warden’s residence, “Cedarhedge” now houses Canada’s Penitentiary Museum. Investigate the history of Canada’s federal penitentiaries. Located at 555 King Street West, Kingston.
Fairfield House and Park
Built-in 1793, this house preserves the building skills of the Loyalist settlers. Visit for a guided tour. The park on the lakeshore is a pleasant picnic area. Located at 4574 Bath Road, Kingston.
MacLauchlan Woodwork Museum
This museum holds the most extensive, nationally significant collection of woodworking tools in Canada. The Museum is located 16km East of Kingston at the entrance of scenic Grass Creek Park.
Entertainment and enrichment abound at the PumpHouse Museum. The historic building houses steam machinery that played an important part in building Canada’s success. The train room boasts a stunning collection of model trains. With a push of a button this room comes alive. Kids love the Discover Centre where learning through play is encouraged and embraced. There are also many events and exhibits to capture your imagination. Located at 23 Ontario Street, Kingston.