Bellevue House National Historic Site, Kingston

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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. Use our Kingston trip site to arrange your visit to Bellevue House National Historic Site and other attractions in Kingston.
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  • This is beautifully preserved house that once belonged to the first Prime Minister of Canada. In addition to the house itself there is the opportunity to wander the grounds of the property. These grou...  more »
  • Once the home of John A. MacDonald this small house is situated near the lake front on the edge of Kingston. When you arrive there is a car park across the road and a Visitor Centre. You can pay for a...  more »
  • We enjoyed seeing the home which is beautiful itself alone. The history and learning more of the history was great.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice place with costume guides. Small place for a quick visit or for some entertainment. Visit the website for more information.
  • 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.
  • 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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