Kinsgston TOurist Scavenger Hunt

Kingston Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Looking for things to do in Kingston Ontario? A walk through the city’s historic center is an opportunity to learn about its history and discover all of its attractions. You will have to solve challenges at each step along your way, to discover your next destination.

You will walk from City Hall to City Park, along the waterfront, passing various parks, museums, and monuments. You will have fun completing challenges.

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This activity is adapted for social distancing. Do it in a small group (up to 6). The guide is our mobile website, on your smartphone. Go at your own pace, with no time limit. No need to touch anything or enter any building

Queen's University
Kingston Penitentiary

You’ll see

  • Shoal Tower
  • City Hall
  • Spirit of Sir John A.
  • St.George Cathedral
  • Prince George Hotel
  • Waterfront Promenade
  • PumpHouse
  • City Park
  • and much more

Specifications

  • Starting point: in front of Kingston City Hall, 216 Ontario St, Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3
  • Distance: 2.8 km / 1.7 mi
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Method: on foot
  • Required:
    • A fully-charged smartphone with internet access (data plan – Wifi is not enough).
  • Suggested:
    • Bottle of water
    • A local road map

History

Louis de Frontenac, governor of New France in 1676 built Fort Cataraqui here in that year. Cavelier de la Salle renamed it Fort Frontenac the next year.

During the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763) the fort was destroyed by the British. The city was reestablished in 1784 to house British loyalists fleeing the American Revolution.

Kingston became the base of the British Eastern Great Lakes Fleet. They built Fort Henry and several Martello towers to protect the entrance to the Rideau Canal by fear of an American invasion.

Kingston was the first capital of the united province of Canada between 1841-42. The first Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald adopted this city for his permanent residence.

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