Art Galleries Tour of Kingston, Kingston

Kingston is a city with a rich artistic heritage, which is reflected in the city's numerous art galleries. Kingston has the third largest collection of art in the whole state of Ontario. Pieces on display are the work of local and regional artists, and most of the art is contemporary. Take this self-guided tour to visit Kingston's best art galleries.
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Art Galleries Tour of Kingston Map

Guide Name: Art Galleries Tour of Kingston
Guide Location: Canada » Kingston (See other walking tours in Kingston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: vickyc
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Gallery Raymond

1) Gallery Raymond

Gallery Raymond features local and regional art. It has a large, diverse collection, including more than 200 pieces of original art made by local artists. The gallery occasionally hosts events where customers can talk directly with artists. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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H'art Studio Gallery

2) H'art Studio Gallery

H'art Studio Gallery displays the work of its students and hosts temporary art exhibitions that focus on a variety of themes. Proceeds from the art sold here goes to help the disabled. The gallery is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Fireworks Glass Blowing Studio

3) Fireworks Glass Blowing Studio

Fireworks Glass Blowing Studio is located in downtown Kingston. The gallery was founded in 1997 and offers a wide selection of colorful, hand-blown glass. There are both functional and decorative glass items, such as wine glasses, bowls and more. All the pieces on display have been handcrafted by local and regional artists.
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Modern Fuel Gallery

4) Modern Fuel Gallery

Modern Fuel Gallery is an artist's cooperative. It is a modern gallery in the center of the city, which is housed in a historic building that dates back to 1848. The building was previously occupied by the Kingston Gaslight Company, hence the name Modern Fuel Gallery. The gallery features contemporary and visual art by both established and emerging artists. It also hosts occasional workshops.
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Kingston Arts Council

5) Kingston Arts Council

The Kingston Arts Council was founded in 1963 and is Ontario’s oldest arts council. It hosts exhibitions and promotes artists, particularly from Kingston and the surrounding area. Here you can see paintings, crafts, visual art and more. The Arts Council is located on the top floor of the Wellington Street Theater, which is a beautiful building in the center of the city.
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Agnes Etherington Art Center

6) Agnes Etherington Art Center (must see)

The Agnes Etherington Art Center displays both modern art and art from centuries past. It is run by Queen's University and opened in 1957. The center was named after Agnes Etherington, a prominent supporter of the arts at Queen's University. She donated her beautiful Neo-Georgian mansion to Queen's University for the purpose of housing the art center. The center has a large, permanent collection of around 14,000 pieces, which includes work from the 14th century to the present. There are paintings, sculptures, and illustrations created by famous Canadian and European artists on display, in addition to the center's temporary exhibitions.

Walking Tours in Kingston, Ontario

Create Your Own Walk in Kingston

Create Your Own Walk in Kingston

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kingston is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums Tour of Kingston

Museums Tour of Kingston

Kingston is home to a fabulous array of museums, many of which are located along the waterfront. Visit the Great Lakes Museum, Murney Tower, and many other interesting museums. Take this self-guided tour to visit Kingston's most notable museums.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Religious Walking Tour of Kingston

Religious Walking Tour of Kingston

There are many places of worship in Kingston, including stunning cathedrals and historic churches. In addition to the many Catholic churches, there are also a number of other denominations represented. Take this tour to visit Kingston's most notable religious sites.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Kingston's Barriefield Heritage Village Walk

Kingston's Barriefield Heritage Village Walk

Barriefield is a historic "village" in Kingston. It is connected to Kingston via a bridge across the lake. One of Kingston's greatest historic sites - Fort Henry - can be found in Barriefield. In addition to seeing Fort Henry, you can visit a museum, a church and an antique shop in this fascinating village. This tour will lead you to the most popular attractions in Barriefield.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
North Kingston Walk

North Kingston Walk

In the northern part of Kingston, you can visit several tourist attractions. There is a Hockey Museum, a beautiful historic church and a variety of monuments, as well as plenty of shopping opportunities. Take this self-guided tour to explore this fascinating section of Kingston.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The historic city of Kingston boasts a variety of fascinating landmarks. You can enjoy the beautiful architecture of City Hall, tour Old Queen's University and visit parks that offer a picturesque view of the sea. Take this orientation walk to visit some of Kingston's most famous attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Kingston for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Kingston has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Kingston, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.