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Bellevue House National Historic Site of Canada

Special Events 2015

January 7th - 11th, 10 am - 4 am

Celebrate Sir John A. Macdonald’s 200th Birthday!
Join us at Bellevue House National Historic Site as we celebrate the 200th birthday of Canada’s first Prime Minister!  
Free Admission.


Past events:

May 17th, 10 am - 5 pm

Opening Day
Open for the 2014 season; Thursday-Monday (May/June/Sept/Oct); 7 days July/Aug. Please allow one hour for your visit. Site Admission Fee.


June 1st - September 14th, Sundays 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Garden Club: Cultivating Experiences in our First Prime Minister's Garden.
Join Sir John A's exclusive garden club! Learn tips and tricks to grow organic vegetables, discuss weather, pests and other issues affecting the garden. The grounds boast an heirloom apple orchard, a kitchen garden with herbs and vegetables and a variety of trees and shrubs. Share past experiences and future thoughts on all things gardening. Attend one or all weeks which will take you from preparing the ground, to planting and harvesting. 

Finish off the weekly session with refreshments. Maximum of 15 people.
Program fee.


June 6th, 1 pm - 3 pm

Macdonald’s Death
Join the Kingston Historical Society, Bellevue House Staff, Fort Henry Guard and dignitaries from the City of Kingston at Cataraqui Cemetery National Historic Site to commemorate the death of Sir John A. Macdonald.


June 21st, 10 am - 5 pm

Doors Open Kingston
Free Admission.


July and August, 1:30 pm

Guided Tour - Weekends
Be escorted on a journey back in time with a maid who will share tales about the past at Bellevue House and its most famous residents. Explore the Visitor Centre, the historic house and grounds during an engaging 1½ hour tour with a guide in historic costume. Program Fee.


July 1st, 10 am - 4 pm

Canada Day
Step into history and celebrate 147 years of Canada this July 1st at the home of Canada’s First Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. The fun and games begin at 10am and continue until 4pm. Best of all, entry is free! Visitors are invited to get “hands on” by playing historic games, exploring their fashion styles by trying on period 1840’s clothing, or practicing their penmanship as they sign the Proclamation of Canada with ink and quill. For those looking for something a little more sedate, the beautiful ornamental garden offers a tranquil setting to sit back, enjoy the fresh air. Bring your lawn chair and stay the afternoon. Cake will be served at 2 pm while quantities last. Free Admission.


July 19th, 10 am - 5 pm

Parks Day
Celebrate Parks Canada with special heritage activities throughout the day. Admission Fee.


August 30th, 10 am - 5 pm

A Look at 1840s Medical Practices
On Saturday August 30, 2014, Bellevue House National Historic Site will host Dr. Greg Baran, who will share the history of 1800s medical and surgical procedures like trephining, bloodletting and amputation. A practising medical doctor and history enthusiast, Dr. Baran will present tools and practices used by doctors of the time. This day long event will shed some light on some of the personal tragedy that Macdonald and his family faced during his years at Bellevue House and during his time as Canada’s first Prime Minister.


September - Thanksgiving, 10 am - 5 pm Thursday - Monday

Fall Colours
Fall is much quieter at Bellevue House and it’s a good time to admire the fall garden harvest and the changing color of the leaves. Site Admission Fee.