Bellevue House National Historic Site, Kingston

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#2 of 8 in Historic Sites in Kingston
Take a trip back in time to mid-19th century Canada with a visit to Bellevue House National Historic Site. This restored 1840s house and gardens once belonged to Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. McDonald. Costumed staff perform tasks around the house, while giving guests illuminating insight into the daily life of the McDonald family. Watch as they wield scythes in the garden using techniques from the period. Go on a guided tour to bring your visit alive with stories and information surrounding McDonald's time spent living here. Add Bellevue House National Historic Site to your Kingston travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kingston trip generator.
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  • August 15, 2017
    I accompanied my grand daughter, who is 14 years and in grade 9 to this place. We met the guide Emma, cheerful and very knowledgeable young lady. She was pleasant and explained all the details with ca...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We went through the house, garden and museum. It was very different then we thought. The tour was guided by Monika and she was very informative and funny. She let us know what was in the rooms and who...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Good tour of the home of Canada's architect of independence which was a great visit during the 150th year. Period costumed docents take us from room to room explaining uses and what's original and wha...  more »
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  • June 10, 2017
    We recently held our wedding ceremony at Bellevue House in Kingston. The staff were incredibly helpful and accommodating from the moment we inquired about having our wedding on the grounds. The ceremony went off without a hitch. The grounds were beautiful and the flowers were in bloom. The staff interacted with our guests and offered tours of the site while in period costumes. We can't thank the staff at Bellevue House enough for making our day as great as it was.
  • July 2, 2017
    I'm a resident of Kingston and my previous visit to Bellevue House was decades ago when we first came to Kingston. During the past week, I visited the House twice. The first occasion this past week was to take the grandkids for a visit. They were very interested in the House and what the guide had to say. However, once done, we would be unlikely to visit again. The second occasion to visit Bellevue this past week was to attend a whisky tasting event with my wife. We quite enjoyed this event and will likely come again for a forthcoming talk about some of the more interesting but lessor known aspects of MacDonald. The lesson learned is that if Parks Canada wants to have repeat visitors, it has to offer programming that goes beyond a house tour. They also need to promote it in advertising or by other means. I first heard about the whisky tasting by word-of-mouth. I heard about it again from a local club to which I belong.
  • June 25, 2017
    Nice place with costume guides. Small place for a quick visit or for some entertainment. Visit the website for more information.
  • July 7, 2017
    We went on the guided tour with Kyle. It is very informative when you are on a guided tour. You get way more out of the tour. The staff makes the place what it is.
  • May 25, 2017
    Interesting place to see the history of Canada with some of the original item from the first Prime Minister. Great place to visit

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