Guided tour

Kingston: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Kingston: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Activity provider: Kingston Destination Group

From US$ 21.25 per person

Enjoy a 1-hour walking tour with local legend, Arthur Milnes, and journey into a world of Canadian Prime Ministers, US Presidents, Indigenous leaders, mediums, spirits, and the Queen herself.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide


  • See highlights of the city including the Market Square and City Hall
  • Enjoy the intimacy of small group sizes and the expertise of a local historian
  • Listen to exciting stories and hear lesser-known anecdotes about Kingston
Full description

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.

  • Live guide in English
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

The tour departs from Kingston Visitor Information Centre, 209 Ontario Street, Kingston.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 10 reviews

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It was an easy walk, our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and he was willing to learn new things and converse/share with us. I think he spent too much time on one specific building/now a hotel, however, and other history could have shared that time but nonetheless an enjoyable hour. He even gave us some secret knowledge on free parking for next time... ;)

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August 28, 2022

The guide had a good sense of humour, and considerate in slowing down the pace because my husband was using a walker. However, it was not even an hour long, and I, found some of the facts not to be correct.

August 14, 2022

I would highly recommend this walking tour. Our guide, Arthur, was extremely knowledgable, personable and very interesting. We learned a lot.

July 9, 2022

Product ID: 217671