Kingston Penitentiary Tour
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The guided tour of the Penetentiary is 90 minutes long. About half of that time is outdoors. Please be aware that there are no seats available during the guided tour and you will be on your feet for the 90 minutes. Washrooms will be available at the start and end of the tour.
Many of you know about the infamous Kingston Penitentiary aka "Kingston Pen", Canada’s oldest and most notorious maximum-security prison and which was home to many of Canada's most dangerous and notorious criminals.
Our day trip starts with some free time in downtown Kingston at the waterfront for you to enjoy lunch. Lunch is not included in the tour but there are many dining options in the downtown Kingston area. This will be followed by a fascinating 1½ hour guided tour of Kingston Penitentiary.
We stop for restroom and coffee breaks on the way to and from Kingston.
Tue Aug 31, 2021
Fri Sep 3, 2021
All prices are per person, in Canadian dollars. All taxes and tips are included!
$159 per person
To book over the phone,
please call (866) 208-2950
- Round trip transportation on deluxe bus with a washroom.
- Guided tour of Kingston Penitentiary.
- Free time in Kingston waterfront area, lunch on your own.
- Escorted tour with ShortTrips.ca tour director available at all times during tour.
- All tips & taxes included.
Approximate Return Times
- Scarborough 7:35 PM
- York Mills 7:55 PM
- Mississauga 8:30 PM
Deposits, Payments, Cancellations & Refunds
- 100% full refund if you cancel at least 7 days before the trip departure date.
- Sorry but no refunds if cancellation is received less then 7 days before trip departure date.
- You can transfer your seat to anyone else you know, up to the time of departure. without penalty.
Travelling With Children
- Children 12+ are welcome on this tour however given the nature of the subject matter during the tour of Kingston Penitentiary, we recommend children 14 and older only. Price is the same as adults.
Kingston Penitentiary, built in 1833 and known locally as KP and Kingston Pen, was one of the oldest prisons in continuous use in the world at the time of its closure on Sept 30, 2013.
During its operating years it was home to many of Canada's most dangerous and notorious criminals including James Donnelly, Russell Williams, Paul Bernardo, Clifford Olson, Roger Caron and Grace Marks to name a few.
Interesting fact for you: The penitentiary's western wall adjoins Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, which hosted the sailing events for the 1976 Summer Olympics. We wonder if the athletes were aware that they were competing next to a maximum-security prison. Perhaps that question will be answered on our guided tour.