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Bellevue House National Historic Site
Ranked #2 of 109 things to do in Kingston
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Owner description: A rare and fine example in Canada of Italianate villa architecture, Bellevue was home to Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister. Today, the house is a national historic site, commemorating Macdonald's contribution to the development of Canada. Bel example rare au Canada de villa de style italianisant, Bellevue a été la demeure de sir John A. Macdonald, premier des premiers ministres du Canada. Aujourd'hui lieu historique national, elle commémore la contribution de Macdonald à l'essor du Canada.
Reviewed July 31, 2013

It was a nice old house. John A Macdonald lived here for 13 months and 3 things in the house were used by him and his family. We went for the afternoon tea but that was not on. There were only two people in costume. The guides were very knowledgable but I wasn't blown away by the house. I know Parks Canada is making cuts across the board and it shows. Such a shame.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

The Bellevue House's claim to fame is that it was the home of the first prime minister of Canada. The weird part is that he only lived there for 1 year and he didn't own it, he rented. That said, the house was fully restored in the 1960's and is an interesting historical reminder of the 1800's. It's worth a visit, if for nothing else but to see the kitchen and heating systems.
It's a self tour, starting with a short video. Costumed docents are located in the house to answer questions.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

The tour guides in period costume really brought this home of Sir John Macdonald alive. I felt that the great man could be back at any minute. Somehow, I used to imagine that great people lived the life of the elite, but this home truly looks like a place to live after struggling on the political front to make Canada possible.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

This house is a look at John A. Macdonald's life before he was Prime Minister. It is lovely, with very helpful interpreters. But the garden was for me the absolute highlight! It is magnificent; vegetables, berries, flowers and herbs of all descriptions, many heirloom varieties, grown as they would have been in the day (twig and branch supports for the beans and peas etc.) and all grown to be donated to local food banks. It was truly inspirational! (If you have never seen what asparagus does if left to grow, that itself is worth the price of admission!)

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

It's a very instructive look at Sir John A. Macdonald's personal life with its difficulties and sadness, against the backdrop of his quest to drive the railroad through the country to unite us. We owe him our gratitude. The house itself is a fascinating keyhole peek at middle class life in the nineteenth century, with all its privations (no bathrooms in the home, and always the struggle to keep warm in winter). The young staff are very helpful and knowledgeable. A must-see on a visit to Kingston.

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