• 05/13/16 - - KP Tours 2016

    - - KP Tours 2016



    Kingston, ON – The City of Kingston in partnership with the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) will open Kingston Penitentiary (KP) for public tours this summer.

    In response to tremendous interest in KP, all three levels of government are working together to temporarily open the site to the public for the 2016 tourism season as part of the City’s larger visioning exercise. SLPC will be the official operator of the public tours which start late June and run to October 29, 2016. Tickets will be available mid-June only online at www.kingstonpentour.com.

    Net proceeds of these tours will support tourism and destination marketing initiatives, as well as to support youth programs through the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington.

    More information on the temporary tours and the KP visioning process is available at https://www.cityofkingston.ca/web/guest/city-hall/council-meetings under the May 17 report to Kingston City Council. SLPC will also be releasing more details to the public in the next few weeks as preparations for the season begin.

    “This is an amazing opportunity for our city, the region and the country. Opening KP for temporary summer tourism builds on the great partnership we have with the federal government and compliments the visioning we’re doing on the future of KP. We know there is tremendous interest in this site and our hope is to get even more people from across the country and internationally to come to Kingston to see this historic site and get involved in the visioning.”
    Bryan Paterson, Mayor of Kingston

    “I am very excited about the upcoming partnership for the Kingston Penitentiary (KP) property. KP holds immense historical significance for both our city and our country, as the institution existed long before Canada formed. As someone who was born and raised in Kingston, places like KP are important for telling the storied history of our community. I have no doubt this new partnership will generate further interest in the larger vision for KP and the inner harbour. This initiative is a great opportunity to highlight Kingston and our history on a national scale.”
    Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands

    “It is a rare and unique opportunity for residents and tourists alike to get a public tour of the oldest penitentiary in Canada. Such an attraction will help boost our summer tourism, showcase part of our Canadian heritage, and support local project through the United Way of KFLA. This exciting project would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of agencies of all three levels of government.”  
    Sophie Kiwala, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kingston and the Islands

    "‎I am pleased that the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has this opportunity to celebrate the longstanding and supportive relationship with the City of Kingston and the Province of Ontario for over 180 years. This is a tremendous opportunity to celebrate our distinguished history and to generate public interest in Kingston Penitentiary and our exemplary staff who work for CSC and who live in this community."
    Don Head, Commissioner Correctional Service Canada

    “As Eastern Ontario’s largest tourism operator, St. Lawrence Parks Commission will enhance our value proposition by adding Kingston Penitentiary tours to our portfolio this season. We are thrilled to work with the City of Kingston, Correctional Service Canada, and Tourism Kingston to deliver this unique experience in 2016. Tourism has a substantial economic multiplier effect on a community, and with robust visitation expected this venture is likely to drive an estimated economic impact of over $6 million* in the Kingston area.”
    Darren Dalgleish, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, St. Lawrence Parks Commission


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