Walking tours in Kingston


Jul 06 2024


Second Tour 2:00pm-3:00pm
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Sick City Guided Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of some of Kingston’s earliest residents and arrivals as they engage in a quest for health care in the Limestone City. The stories of the establishment of one of Canada’s oldest public hospitals, Kingston General Hospital, and Queen’s School of Medicine are full of success and sacrifice, triumph and tragedy. Join us for a fascinating look into the lives of those that lived, arrived, and died here, as we unlock the secrets of Kingston’s medical past.

This immersive walking tour offers a unique perspective on the historical challenges and advancements in medical care. Participants will gain insight into the personal stories of patients and medical practitioners who shaped the health landscape of Kingston. The tour is not only educational but also a poignant reminder of the progress and ongoing struggles in the field of health care. It’s an eye-opening experience that highlights the resilience and dedication of those who have contributed to the city’s rich medical history.

Offering tours Thursday-Saturday at 10:30am and 2:00pm from June 20 to August 25. This walking tour is 1 hour in duration (15 minutes total walking time) and runs rain or shine (tours will be cancelled in the event of a thunderstorm). Please dress for the weather and protect yourself from the sun. The cost is $10 for adults, and children 12 and under are free. Refunds will be issued with 24 hours notice.

Tour Route:
The tour begins and ends at the Museum of Health Care, Ann Baillie Building, National Historic Site, 32 George Street. Visits to the Museum’s galleries prior to or following the tour are welcome. Content warning: This tour addresses subjects that some may find upsetting, including racism, sexism, discrimination, descriptions of historical medical practices, and death.

Event Date & Time:
June 20 – August 25, at 10:30am & 2:00pm

Event Location:
Museum of Health Care at Kingston, Ann Baillie Building, National Historic Site, 32 George Street

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