Hop-On Hop-Off Kingston Trolley Tour
This pass gives you 1-Day access to an in-depth tour of Kingston's historic downtown and waterfront, stopping at all of the city's most well-known sites including Fort Henry, the Penitentiary Museum, and Queen’s University.Board four comfortable 32 passenger trolleys. Our GPS-automated narration system complements your experienced tour guide as they provide an informative, engaging overview of Kingston’s more than three hundred years of history. The Trolley route covers all of Kingston’s historic old town and downtown shopping district, as far East as Fort Henry and as far West as the Kingston Penitentiary. You can hop off at any stop, stay for as long as you like, then hop back on and continue your tour. Trolleys follow a figure-8 route that divides the route into two halves: you can begin with the east half of the tour, hop off at the Market Square stop (Stop 4) to get lunch, and take a cruise, then continue with the West half of your tour.Stop 1: City HallThe tour begins in the heart of Kingston’s historic downtown. Stroll through Confederation Park, take a cruise, check out a festival, or explore Kingston’s impressive City Hall.It’s also an easy walk to the Springer Market Square or to the ticket booth and boarding dock for Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises.Stop 2: Fort HenryFort Henry is Kingston’s largest museum and historic site. Not only is it one of Canada's most visited National Historic Sites, it is also part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The trolley stops at the Discovery Centre, where interactive computer exhibits introduce the Fort. Once inside its gates, you will enter the realm of 19th century military life. Your experience may include guided tours, scenic views, heart-pounding musical performances and precision military demonstrations by the Fort Henry Guard.The Fort also plays host to special ceremonies and events such as the famous Sunset Ceremony on Wednesday and Saturday nights in July and August. The Battery Bistro in the upper Fort offers fine wine and gourmet dining with an unparalleled view of the City of Kingston and the St. Lawrence River.Stop 3: Springer Market SquareKingston’s Market Square is in the heart of the downtown. It's just steps away from City Hall, the Visitor Information Centre, Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises, and St. George's Cathedral as well as hundreds of downtown shops and restaurants. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays are when the Market Square is home to a fruit, vegetable and craft market. Sundays have an Antiques market.Stop 4: Pump House MuseumThe Trolley stops at the corner of Lower Union and Ontario streets, across the street from the Pump House Steam MuseumThe Marine Museum includes fascinating stories and artifacts from Kingston’s naval and shipbuilding history. A visit to the museum now includes the 200ft Cost Guard ship, the Alexander Henry.Stop 5: Bellevue HouseStep in to the life of Sir John A. Macdonald at the restored home of Canada's first Prime Minister or take a short walk to the waterfront to visit the Isabel Bader and Tett Centres for the Arts. Stop 6: Canada's Penitentiary MuseumThe Trolley stops in historic Portsmouth Village, overlooking the Olympic harbor and the limestone walls of Kingston Penitentiary. Take a walk through the village or explore the Penitentiary museum.Stop 7: Queen's UniversityFounded in 1841, Queen's is among Canada's most prestigious schools for study in medicine, engineering, and the arts. It's a beautiful campus to explore on foot and many buildings are open to the public. Stop 8: Entertainment and Retail DistrictTake the time to visit several prominent local restaurants and stores including Amadeus Cafe, Barcadia, the Iron Duke on Wellington, The Amber Room, Martello Alley, and Send In The Clowns.