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The Kingston Penitentiary has always been notorious in Canada.

Known locally as Kingston Pen (KP), is a former maximum security prison located in Kingston (Ontario) has housed some of Canada’s worst criminals over its 178 years.

The Kingston Pen was originally constructed in 1833-1834, opening its doors on June 1, 1835. Although largely closed to the public throughout its history, Charles Dickens once visited and so did Ernest Hemingway. And now you can visit, too. 

This is a unique opportunity to take a guided tour and learn about what is now a National Historic Site. Below, we’ve compiled packages, articles, and tour information for you.

The Kingston Penitentiary was one of the oldest prisons in continuous use in the world at the time of its closure in 2013 and designated as a National Historic Site, it is an amazing historical building, predating Canada’s confederation in 1867. 

Kingston Pen Tours offers a unique opportunity to explore Canada’s oldest maximum-security prison, have been made possible through a partnership between the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) who will deliver the tour experience. 



560 King St W, Kingston, ON

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