Friday, August 26, 2016

Past POIs - Kingston Penitentiary [Kingston, Ontario, Canada]

Our recent trip to Kingston and Ottawa was for one purpose (well, one main purpose) and that was to visit the Kingston Penitentiary. Opened in 1835, this penitentiary housed some of the biggest criminals in Canada was closed in 2013.

This year (and I believe it happened one other time), Kingston Penitentiary is open for public guided tours, however, the tickets were being scooped up really quickly (probably by scalpers), but if you visit the website (, you may luck out for some tickets. The price is $25 per adult and it is a guided tour which lasted about 1.5 hours in length and you do walk around a majority of the penitentiary.

When you are wandering around, you will notice how things have changed over time from what it was like almost 200 years ago. A lot of sections were added, cells were expanded, buildings were added, and many more. I don't want to cover too much since the guide tour itself does talk about a lot of these details.

During our tour, unfortunately, there was only one corrections officer that talked about their experience while working at KP. When checking online, apparently some tours had more officers, which would have made the tours more interesting in my mind. This was due to the fact that the tours themselves were actually run by teenagers (at least when I did my tour). They did seem to know a bit about the history, however, it feels a bit weird when someone so young is talking about something so historic especially since this is probably their summer job.

But that should not deter you from paying KP a visit if you can. It is currently unknown as to what will happen to it and nobody knows if the tour will run again in the future, so if you want to see it, now is a good time to go. While you are here, check out the museum just across the street for some artifacts and historic items from KP and as a bonus it is free!

For more information you can visit their site at

Come back next Friday for another Past Point of Interest!