St. Lawrence Parks Commission in partnership with Correctional Service of Canada is pleased to announce the official reopening of Kingston Penitentiary Tours for its fifth season beginning Thursday, July 23, 2020, for guided tours.
Kingston Pen Tours offers a unique opportunity to go behind the walls of Canada's oldest and most notorious maximum-security prison. Closed in 2013 and designated as a National Historic Site of Canada, it is an amazing historical building, predating Canada's confederation in 1867.
Dates & Hours of Operation
|July 23 to November 1, 2020||9:00 am - 5:30 pm
(hours may vary)
Pricing includes all fees and HST to minimize cash handling for in-person transactions.
Tours in French and other languages are available.
Tours are 1.5 hours in length, with groups of up to 15 people. This tour visits various areas of the penitentiary including: a cell range, Indigenous Grounds and the Regional Treatment Centre’s Gymnasium featuring a mural dedicated to the inmates and staff of Kingston Penitentiary. Other areas include the north gate, programs wing, the main cell dome, former segregation/dissociation wing, shop dome, metal shop and recreational yard.
Extended Tours offer the enthusiast a smaller group size with up to 10 people and a longer more in-depth tour (2.5 hrs.) which includes all areas on the Standard Tour plus additional areas such as the Canvas and Upholstery shops, Laundry Room, main Gymnasium and Hospital of Kingston Penitentiary.
This tour is not recommended for children as it is quite long and there are very specific routes to keep everyone safe during this time.
French & Other Language Tours
Available every Thursday at 11:30 on August 13, 20 and 27.
Accessible Tour Options
Here's What to Expect
- Located at 560 King St W, Kingston, Ontario
- Parking is available at no charge onsite. All guest and vehicle access to our parking lot will be open as well.
- Washrooms will be available and our team will be cleaning frequently.
Guidelines for physical distancing
- All guests will have to follow physical distancing rules as mandated by the Ontario Government and must maintain 2 meter spacing from others. Staff will monitor and educate customers on physical distancing rules.
Screening of guests for COVID-19 upon arrival to ensure safety
- Face covering or masks are mandatory in indoor spaces and guests are encouraged to bring their own. For more information and exemptions, please visit the KFL&A Public health website: https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/face-covering-frequently-asked-questions-faq.aspx
- Guests will be required to self-assess their health and will be encouraged to not visit our attractions if there is any possibility that they may have contracted or have come into contact with Covid-19. Messaging for this requirement will be reinforced both on our website as well as with signage onsite.
Measures in place to ensure the safety of staff and guests
- Guests are encouraged to bring their own personal protective equipment if they wish.
- Signage onsite and other protocols will communicate best practices, so guests understand the required health and safety behaviours.
- Enhanced cleaning practices throughout the tour route and restrooms.
- Many other steps have been taken in consultation with Public Health authorities, in line with Provincial Guidelines.
- A waiver must be filled in and signed before the tour by each participant.
- Guests are encouraged to book tickets online in advance and plan to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to their booked tour time.
- Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
- Cameras permitted. Professional photographers must notify prior to the tour.
- There will be no refunds or exchanges permitted.
- Washrooms are available at the start of the tour, at the halfway point as well the end of the tour. Visitors are advised to use a washroom before starting the tour.
- The maximum number of tickets per transaction is 10.
- Please note there is no air conditioning on the tour.