Morrisburg – The St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) has announced that tickets to 2018 Kingston Penitentiary tours will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Anticipation for the 2018 tours has been high.
Tours will run 5 days a week (Wednesday to Sunday) from May 9 to July 1 and from September 5 to October 29; from July 3 to September 2, tours are offered 6 days a week (Tuesday to Sunday). Tours are available every 20 minutes starting at 9:00 a.m. and the last tour departure is at 5:00 p.m.
Kingston Penitentiary Tours offer a unique opportunity to go behind the walls of Canada’s oldest and most notorious maximum-security prison. A National Historic Site which predates Canadian confederation, the tours offer two options in either a 1 ½ hour Standard Tour or the Extended Tour lasting 2 ½ hours, both of which bring historic, architectural and criminological components together into a one-of- a-kind experience.
General admission for the 1 ½ hr. Standard Tour is $35 per person and the 2 ½ hr. Extended Tour is $60 per person. All prices are subject to HST and online ticket fee of $2.00. Tours are not recommended for children. Buy tickets online at http://www.kingstonpentour.com. Hotel packages are available through Kingston Accommodation Partners, with details at http://www.visitkingston.ca.
Standard Tours are guided with groups of up to 30 people. They visit various areas of the penitentiary including: cell and segregation ranges, 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, G-Range (cell range) programs wing, main cell dome, segregation/dissociation wing, shop dome, metal shop and recreational yard.
The Extended Tours offer smaller guided group sizes (up to 15 people) and are longer (2 ½ hrs.) including all areas on the Standard Tour plus additional areas such as the Canvas and Upholstery shops, Laundry Room and Hospital of Kingston Penitentiary.
French tours are available on select days and times. A limited number of tickets will be available for walk-up visitors each day. Tickets are available on a first-come first-serve basis and are available as soon as the box office opens in the morning. Date and time restrictions may apply.
Kingston residents can take advantage of a special local Tuesday rate of $30 (plus HST and online ticket fees) in July and August for the Standard Tour. Kingston area residents will simply enter their postal code as a promotional code to receive the preferred local rate. Proof of ID for residency may be requested upon arrival for the tour.
NEW for 2018:
The 2018 tour schedule includes more accessibility with the provision of dedicated tour times for persons with disabilities.
Visitors with hearing loss can take a tour with an American Sign Language (ASL) guide at specifically designated tour dates and times. For visitors who are blind or partially sighted, the tour incorporates added tactile elements. The tour for individuals with mobility impairments has a slower pace, offers more rest stops along the way and is mindful of the terrain.
The tour schedule for persons who are blind or partially sighted, hearing loss and for those with mobility impairments is noted below. Additional tour times and dates may be added in response to visitor demand.
American Sign Language (ASL) tours:
Standard Tour – June 14 at 10:40 a.m.
Extended Tour – July 5 at 10:00 a.m.
Persons who are blind or partially sighted tour:
Standard Tour – May 24 at 10:40 a.m.
Persons with limited mobility tour:
Standard Tour – June 6 th at 11:20 a.m.
In all instances, if a visitor requires a companion for their visit, contact Customer Service to arrange for a companion pass. Companions are provided with complimentary admission.
The tour schedule also includes capacity to accommodate tour groups of more than 15+ people. To book a group tour, contact the Customer Service team at 800-437- 2233 or 613-543- 4328.
The tours offer tourists another reason to visit and extend their stay in the beautiful City of Kingston and surrounding area.
An estimated 90,000 tickets will be available for sale. The 2018 Kingston Penitentiary Tours will generate an estimated economic impact of $6M and create 75 jobs for students and seasonal staff.
Kingston Penitentiary Tours are possible through a partnership between the City of Kingston, Correctional Service of Canada and the St. Lawrence Parks Commission who will deliver the tour experience. Net proceeds of the tours will support tourism and destination marketing initiatives, as well as to support United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington’s development and implementation of the Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness.
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an agency of the Government of Ontario, operates facilities in 16 municipalities stretching from Kingston to the Quebec border, including Upper Canada Village, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site); Kingston Penitentiary Tours, Skywood Eco Adventure, Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course, Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and 13 campgrounds and beach day-use picnic areas including the Long Sault and 1000 Islands Parkway.