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Kingston: Ghost & Mystery Trolley Tour

1. Kingston: Ghost & Mystery Trolley Tour

Discover Kingston’s lesser-known and difficult-to-access haunted spots on an evening trolley tour. Learn about the city's mysterious past, darkest stories, and best-kept secrets over 1.5-hours. Kingston is one of the oldest cities in Ontario and has amassed an impressive list of hauntings and mysteries. Hear them all from your entertaining guide as the tour winds through downtown Kingston, around the back of Fort Henry Hill and Deadman’s Bay. The tour will also take you by the Kingston Penitentiary and the Rockwood Asylum.

Kingston: Haunted Night Walking Tour

2. Kingston: Haunted Night Walking Tour

Experience Kingston like never before. Go on an adventure that takes you through Kingston’s old Sydenham Ward and hear some of the most spine-tingling ghost stories from the earliest days of Kingston. This night tour departs from the ticket office on Ontario Street. Your cloaked tour guide will lead you from the heart of the historic city to the oldest residential area. Listen to chilling tales and see a darker side to Kingston's history. Immerse yourself in haunted hotels, hidden burial grounds, grave robbings, hangings at the old courthouse, and Kingston's haunted bed and breakfasts. You will never look at the city in the same way again. After being led through the streets of Downtown Kingston, your guide can walk you back to the start location, or leave you to enjoy a sleepless night in the city.

Kingston: Sightseeing Red Trolley Tour with Guide

3. Kingston: Sightseeing Red Trolley Tour with Guide

Discover the history and architecture of Kingston on a sightseeing trolley tour through downtown. Step back in time as your guide tells you stories from the city's past. See sights like Queen's University and the notorious Kingston Penitentiary. Hop aboard a red trolley at the conveniently located trolley stop in downtown Kingston. Enjoy a family-friendly ride and capture some selfies on a bright red trolley. Roll through the streets pas art galleries and museums.  Take in the old buildings at Queen's University, one of Canada's oldest degree-granting institutions. Ride the iconic trolley by sights like the Maximum security Kingston Penitentiary which was built in 1835 and is now a museum.  Pass by visitor attractions and historic sites like Fort Henry which is perched atop Point Henry. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

Kingston Waterfront Cruise

4. Kingston Waterfront Cruise

Set sail on the Island Belle and tour Kingston’s spectacular waterfront on a 1-hour sightseeing experience. Sit back and relax while live commentary highlights the iconic scenery of Royal Military College, Fort Henry, Kingston harbor, and the local islands. Kingston is a UNESCO World Heritage Destination for its remarkable and well-preserved 19th-century defense fortifications. Learn about the history and waterfront of Kingston, located at the beginning of the St Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands region. The cruise begins at the confluence of three major waterways: the Rideau Canal, the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. The Island Belle winds her way along the shorelines of Point Frederick, Navy Bay, Deadman's Bay and Cedar Island. From here, sail on toward the open water of Lake Ontario, with views of Wolfe Island’s powerful wind turbines. Take in the sights of some of Kingston’s most prominent landmarks including Murney Tower, Kingston Penitentiary, the Tett Centre, and Gord Downie Pier.

Kingston: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

5. Kingston: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Head downtown on a walking tour with leader Arthur Milnes, known as Kingston’s chief storyteller. He’s also one of the most unique Kingstonians you’ll meet while in town. Arthur and his wife hosted an American President and his First Lady for an overnight at their Kingston home, and he served as a speechwriter to the Prime Minister of Canada. With Arthur as your guide, enter into the Kingston world of the ever-controversial Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister. Learn the inspiring story of Kingston Indigenous hero, Molly Brant. Hear about the visits to the city by Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway, and, laugh along as Arthur describes the zany night he spent at a local pub with the Speaker of the British House of Commons. The tours last 45 minutes to an hour – or longer once you get Arthur talking.

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4.3 / 5

based on 41 reviews

What an amazing and interesting tour of Kingston. Wasn’t sure if I was going to like it but the knowledge of our host was pretty amazing. Thank you

I have been in Kingston all my life and it was very interesting to hear the stories about certain buildings in the area.

The tour was perfect. We learned a lot about Kingston and it's rich history. Definitely a must do when in Kingston!

Ben the tour guide was incredible! Highly recommend this tour!

educational and tour guide Michelle made it very exciting