Discover the Kingston City Hall, one of the finest 19th-century architectural marvels ever built in Ontario!
Neoclassical in style, the building stands out from its surroundings. Its landmark tholobate and dome make it instantly recognizable and a Kingston landmark.
After a fire in 1840 destroyed much of downtown Kingston, the construction of a new municipal building was proposed. At the time, Kingston was the capital of the new province of Canada, and a magnificent city hall was the obvious choice. Construction of Kingston City Hall began in 1843, using limestone. When the seat of government was transferred to Montreal in 1844, space in Kingston's City Hall was leased to businesses such as saloons, haberdashery, churches, banks and post offices.
Don't miss the 45-minute guided tour, in French, available Monday to Friday from June onwards. A National Historic Site of Canada, City Hall is an excellent starting point for exploring this pretty, pedestrianized and vibrant city, home to Ontario's oldest public market and Canada's hippest music scene. Take a stroll through its narrow streets, which hide beautiful antique markets, fine restaurants and dozens of museums and historic sites.
Just steps from City Hall, enjoy a picnic at Confederation Park, where you can see the restored historic 'Spirit of Sir John A.' train or the old railway station. Or take a culinary tour with Kingston food tours, a brewery tour or the Kingston Haunted Walk.