Take a tour of Kingston Penitentiary

Our Scribble blog detailed a tour of the Kingston Penitentiary, which closed on Sept. 30. Check out photos and other details from behind the prison walls.

Look inside the historic Ontario prison facility days after its closure

Inside the Kingston Penitentiary

9 years ago
Duration 2:43
The CBC's Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco takes a tour inside the Kingston Penitentiary before it closes.

Kingston Penitentiary officially closed on Sept. 30 and tours of the 178-year-old building began just days later.

The $20 tickets for the 90-minute tours, hosted by Kingston United Way, were snapped up, including a second batch that sold out in less than an hour.

There are 9,000 people who will walk through the former maximum-security prison that, through its long history, faced riots, fires and hundreds of escape attempts.

The country’s most famous prison has also housed inmates including Paul Bernardo, Russell Williams, Clifford Olson and members of the Shafia family.


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