Guided tour

Kingston: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

4.7 / 5

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Activity provider: Kingston Destination Group

Kingston: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Activity provider: Kingston Destination Group
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From US$ 22.71 per person

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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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  • 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
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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
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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
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4.7 /5

based on 7 reviews

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

July 9, 2022

Guide has excellent knowledge of the area, and the politics of region. An excellent story tell and a joy to spend time with in this lovely city.

May 28, 2022

October 28, 2019

Product ID: 217671