Wow! I would love to see Kingston Pen! How cool would that be?! Unless invited by a jury, no one got to see the inside.... and even then it would just be a cell or two....and probably a longer visit than planned. This penitentiary housed some of the worst criminals in Canada (sounds a bit like an oxymoron EH - Canadian criminals)?!
Don't Get Excited......
So, all geared up for a trip to Kingston I go to buy the tickets online when I find out that the tours are SOLD OUT. Huh? What kind of nuts want to visit a prison? The whole shebang was sold out in half an hour! 9,000 tickets in all! Imagine that! There's even a bidding war going on!
|Photo taken 1919, from Library and Archives, Canada|
Originally constructed in 1833–1834, and officially opened on June 1, 1835 as the "Provincial Penitentiary of the Province of Upper Canada," it is one of the oldest prisons in continuous use in the world.(Wikipedia)
|Handout Photo 1890. Queen's University Archives|
The proceeds from the tours are going to the United Way which is really why I want to go. You know me....anything for a good cause.
I had no problem getting into the Conciergerie in Paris. (Marie Antoinette had a really small cell for a Queen)! No problem getting into the Tower of London (which we really associate with fabulous jewels, not slop and tin mugs). But try to get into Kingston Pen.....well, good luck!
Kingston Penitentiary Tours - The United Way
In Pictures, The Kingston Penitentiary- Globe and Mail