Bellevue House is a place where Canadians can explore the complex legacy of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and share in conversations about Canadian history. Built in the early 1840s, and designated as a National Historic Site for its Italianate architecture, the historic house was home to the wealthy and powerful of Canada’s first capital. Visitors are invited to contemplate Canada’s colonial origins and the impacts of government policies in the creation of a country. Set in a quiet Kingston neighborhood, the tranquil heritage grounds offer an experience in themselves, surrounded by an orchard, heritage gardens, and a cool breeze off Lake Ontario. Regardless of your motivation for visiting, join us to discuss and reflect on the life and lasting impacts of Macdonald and Confederation.
The house is expected to reopen to the public in 2023. In the meantime, the Visitor Centre and heritage grounds and gardens remain open to welcome you and to share key themes and stories from the renewal underway.