Kingston Pen Tours announced yesterday that tickets go on sale next week for another season of tours ‘behind the walls of Canada’s oldest and most notorious maximum security prison’.
According to a tweet on Wednesday, tickets to the popular tour can be purchased on Monday, March 18th beginning at 10am.
Update: The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington reports 50% of net proceeds raised by the tours this year will go to supporting local Youth Homelessness initiatives.
#KingstonPen Tours Return for 2019! They will offer a rare and unique opportunity to go behind the walls of Canada's oldest and most notorious maximum security prison.
Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 18th, 2019, at 10 AM! 🗝️ pic.twitter.com/YW6XnWDllJ
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— Kingston Pen Tours (@kingstonpentour) March 13, 2019
The Kingston Penitentiary was constructed in 1833–34 and opened on June 1, 1835. It was one of the oldest prisons in continuous use in the world by the time it closed in 2013.
The penitentiary has also been seen on film, including in 1978’s Superman film, starring Christopher Reeve, and the more recent Margaret Atwood CBC/Netflix mini-series, Alias Grace.
The pen’s walls and inner court appear in the final scene of Superman, when villan Lex Luthor and his henchman are delivered to prison by Superman, and both exterior and interior scenes were used for Alias Grace – based on the story of Grace Marks, incarcerated at Kingston Penitentiary for the murder of her employer and his housekeeper in 1843.