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Kingston Penitentiary Tour

Schwarzie took Lorraine and me on a ride to tour the Kingston Pen (about 4 hr each way from home).

We went on a tour of the de-commissioned Kingston Penitentiary Thurs/Friday. Had the extended version (2.5 hr) instead of the "standard" (1.5 hr) and it was quite an eye opener (but in a way very depressing).

The standard tour includes the muster area (visitation and correspondence area), north gate, G-Range (cell range) programs wing, main cell dome, segregation/dissociation wing, shop dome, metal shop, recreational yard, regional treatment center gymnasium and a view of the re-authenticated aboriginal grounds. This tour takes approximately 1.5 hours and is wheelchair accessible.

The extended tour includes the Standard Tour plus access to the Canvas and Upholstery Shops, School, Regional Treatment Centre Cell Range, Hospital, Main Gymnasium (where the 1971 riot started) and Laundry Room.

The youingest inmate they ever had was an 8 yr old pickpocket (circa 1845) with a 3 year sentence He was given the lash 47 times in 9 months (for childish offences, so the report reads).

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is one of the building inside the outer wall. No cells here, mainly workshops and such.

as is this



The Pen was built in 1835 (and was decommisioned 2013) entirely out of local limestone. It was one of the oldest prisons in continuous use in the world at the time of its closure.

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Kingston Penitentiary had been home to many of Canada's most dangerous and notorious criminals. James Donnelly, patriarch of the Black Donnellys, was sentenced to be hanged on September 17, 1859, for the murder of Patrick Farrell. A petition for clemency started by his wife Johannah saw his sentence reduced to seven years in Kingston Penitentiary.

Other notable inmates include Russell Williams,[19] Paul Bernardo, Clifford Olson, Roger Caron and Grace Marks. Wayne Boden, the Canadian "Vampire Rapist" died there in March 2006. Tim Buck, leader of the Communist Party, was a prisoner at Kingston Penitentiary convicted under Section 98 of the Criminal Code during the early 1930s. Marie-Anne Houde, formerly convicted for the murder of her stepdaughter Aurore Gagnon, was sentenced to life in Kingston Penitentiary, following the appeal to commute her sentence to death citing health reasons. She was released on June 29, 1935.[20]


Mohammad and Hamed Shafia were imprisoned in the penitentiary after being convicted of killing Mohammad's three daughters and first wife. Michael Rafferty was serving a life sentence for his role in the kidnapping, rape and murder of eight-year-old Victoria Stafford of Woodstock, but has since been relocated.

The cells do not have windows and are really small. You can see at the very top (a block in the ceiling outside the cell). There used to be a wall down the middle so that cell you are looking at used to be two separate cells with one bed per cell. They are now 2 bunks to one larger cell.

They were all like that IIRC.



This will give you some perspective on their actual size


AND yours truly finally got caught and is safely locked up



One of the guard towers


Overall, it was an interesting tour. There were a lot of empty rooms that we visited (laundry, mail bag mfg, canvas repair, etc) because all the equipment was removed when it was closed down.

Give it a visit if you're ever in Kingston, Ontario.
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Something is missing in this road trip.... let me guess.... where is Schwarzie? It is the car that took you there and back... and we don't get to see it?

Talking of Kingston, Len, did you know that is my adopted Canadian home town? Went to College (grad school) there.... Got married there (well, actually on the island of Gananoque). Excellent memories of the births of both of our daughters at the Kingston General Hospital.... both kids were delivered by the exact same team of doctors & nurses 18 months apart (on duty by pure luck on both deliveries).... has family friends living in that city...

Your trip was very nostalgic for me... It has been a few years I was last in Kingston... About time to plan a trip to Canada in the next 18 months...

Thanks for the memories, Len...

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Something is missing in this road trip.... let me guess.... where is Schwarzie? It is the car that took you there and back... and we don't get to see it?
You're welcome Omo. I'll post a couple more in a little bit.

As far as Schwarzie, yes she was there but well, I forgot I'll try to do better next time.


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@b82012 unfortunately all dashcam vids of driving through Kingston have been over written. Couldn't do much about that in any case as no computer to pull them off with while away from home.


BUT I include 2 vids: the prison exercise yard (note the guard towers in the corners) inside the prison. The speaker was our "tour guide".


The other one is on the ferry ride over to Wolfe Island. You'll see Schwarzie about 1/2 way through (sandwiched between two red cars.)

So I did include her in our trip
Exercise Yard (note the guard turrets each corner). At the end you'll see a turn-stile. That's to control entry/exit of prisoners.




And this is the ferry ride/cars packed like sardines on the ferry. If the vid sets up right (as a still), Schwarzie is in the middle of the pic


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Hey Len, thanks for the tour. This might be a nice addition to a thousand island tour.
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It definitely would be.

BUT set aside a full day (ie overnight) as we did this tour at 1 pm to ~ 3.30 and wanted to do a separate tour of the KP Museum (across the street). But we did the Wolfe Island trip the next day instead (then left town). You'd probably need 2 overnights to do both.

The museum is free (with donations accepted) and heard it was well worth the time.


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