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Guide to free family activities this summer

We’re now a few weeks into the summer of 2019, but it can feel like months to the moms, dads, and other caregivers who are home with their kids this summer looking to find ways to keep their kids entertained. While a week or two of summer camp and a

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Top Headline in Kingston in 2017

In a few short weeks the ball will drop as we clink glasses and usher in another new year. As we look back on the year that was, how will you remember 2017?  There was certainly a lot to celebrate this past year, which saw Canada commemorate its 150th, and

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Concern Raised Regarding the Penitentiary Planning Process

The Coalition of Kingston Communities is pointing to a number of problems of accountability and transparency with the plans for redeveloping the Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Harbour properties. ‘For a site of extraordinary historic value, for the nation as well as Kingston, it is very disappointing to see a faulty

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Urging Compromise for the Redevelopment of the Kingston Pen

Kingston is riven with Yes/No battles – the Third Crossing/The Capitol/The Wellington Street Extension/The Airport Extension –so when it comes to the future of the Pen, surely there could be compromise? Enough can be preserved (some must be, architecturally) to satisfy those who want the history and the tours.  And

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Best of 2016: Kingston Penitentiary Tours

2016 was a banner year for tourism in Kingston, thanks to the addition of a hugely popular attraction: Kingston Penitentiary Tours.  The fact that we had the opportunity to see inside KP was a miracle indeed, as it involved lengthy negotiations amongst three levels of government.  News of the guided

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Scenes from Kingston Penitentiary Tours

While Summer 2016 will undoubtedly be remembered for The Tragically Hip’s epic homecoming celebration, it’s also the year that Kingston stepped up its tourism game with the addition of the city’s most notorious landmark.  Since opening to the curious public in mid-June, Kingston Penitentiary tours have consistently sold out, proving

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Kingston Penitentiary Illustrations, 1875

With tours of Kingston Penitentiary starting tomorrow we thought we’d share these Kingston Penitentiary scenes from the Canadian Illustrated News of September 25th, 1875. These illustrations are still recognizable in the built structures which are in place today: the rotunda of the central dome, and the vaulted ceilings of the

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Top Five Things to See and Do in June 2016

With the arrival of June, the end of another school year is in sight for elementary and secondary school students, and the latest phase of the Big Dig will soon be behind us.   While summer does not officially arrive until June 20th, Kingston has already begun to ratchet up the

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Kingston Penitentiary Tours

Since its closure in 2013, questions have been raised about the future of The Kingston Pen. Should it be torn down? Turned into condominiums, a museum or even a world-class sailing centre? In 2014 it opened its doors for five weeks, offering tours to the public and raising $300,000 for

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Penitentiary Water Tower

Local urban legend has it that this sturdy landmark on Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard, photographed by George Lilley in 1949, was where prisoners were hanged. Of course, this could not be farther from the truth. A purely functional building, the Kingston Penitentiary water tower was completed in 1895 on

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#ygkChallenge: Save Kingston Pen and the Regional Treatment Centre

Welcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary.

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Kingston’s Local Attractions

This past week I was fortunate enough to take a bit of a reprieve from the 9 to 5, and wander around as a part of the March Break crowd. My wife and I filled our days with a trip to Wolfe Island, movies, open houses, home improvements, dinner and

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