The city will be celebrating First Capital Day this Tuesday, June 15, and hold events for students and families to honour Kingston’s legacy as the first capital of Canada.
A number of 1841-era activities have been scheduled on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Confederation Park, across from City Hall on Ontario Street.
Music and dance will be provided by “Mike Ford Sings History” and the Sugar Island Singers and Dancers from the Mississauga Ojibway of Alderville First Nation-Rice Lake. Men’s Traditional, Fancy Shawl-Butterfly Style and Grass Dance Styles will be featured.
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First Capital wagon rides & Rideau Roundtable Voyageur canoe rides will also be available to the public, including school groups – who are asked to book ahead – with the former leaving from the corner of Ontario and Brock Streets on the half-hour.
Festivities will also include Sutler Cyrus Wakefield performing an old time medicine show, complete with monkey, music, and magic.
A number of other events and activities – involving rope making, a blacksmith, weavers & spinners, butter making, woodworking, and the Fort Henry Guard – will also take place and additional reading and details are available to see on the city’s First Capital website.