Kingston Pen Tours open with small outdoor tours

Kingstonist file photo of Kingston Penitentiary.

The popular Kingston Pen Tours reopens this week, offering small outdoor tours of the historic penitentiary. This is the sixth season for the popular attraction, and the first set of tours will take place on Wednesday, Jun. 16, 2021.

In order to comply with public health measures, advice and restrictions, Kingston Pen Tours will be offering limited outdoor guided tours in Step One of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen Ontario plan, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) said in a media release, dated Monday, Jun. 14, 2021.

SLPC shared these tour details:

Outdoor Tour
This 1.5 hour guided tour option will initially be offered with smaller group sizes of 10 guests per tour. It brings historic, architectural and criminological components together into a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience.

Within the walls of Canada’s oldest maximum-security prison, guests explore the outdoor spaces of the living and working areas, some dating back to the 1830s. Unique stories can also be heard by former CSC staff along the way, who provide first-hand accounts of what really transpired inside the prison’s walls from stories of escapes, riots, history and daily routine on this 1.5-hour guided tour. 

This tour contains subject matter designed for a mature audience and is not recommended for children. Tours are available in French as well.

Tickets are now on sale at

What guests need to know:

  • Tickets must be purchased online at prior to arrival as this will be a time-ticketed experience with limited tickets available.
  • Admission is $25 (Includes HST).
  • Tours run Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.
  • Parking is available at no charge onsite.
  • Guests are encouraged to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to their booked tour time.
  • Face coverings or masks are required during tours and guests are encouraged to bring their own, as well as their own personal protective equipment if they wish.
  • Guests will be required to self-assess their health and will be encouraged not to visit our attractions if there is any possibility that they may have contracted or have come into contact with COVID-19. 
  • Kingston Penitentiary is located at 560 King St W, Kingston, Ontario

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