Bellevue House NHS


Bellevue House National Historic Site commemorates Canada's first Prime Minister.

Visit this National Historic Site and tour the restored home and gardens of Bellevue House. This beautiful home is where the seeds were planted for the birth of a country. Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and his family lived at Bellevue House from 1848 to 1849.

You can wander through the family’s preserved kitchen garden, bite into an heirloom apple, and watch costumed gardeners wielding scythes to cut the lawn in the method of the 1840s.

The house was constructed in 1840 for Charles Hales, a Kingston merchant who became very wealthy in the 1830s. The house, located at 35 Centre St. between Union and King streets, is one of the first and finest examples of Italian Villa architecture in Canada. Sir John A. Macdonald moved into the house with his wife Isabella Clark and their son John Alexander in 1848.

Visit Bellevue House for a tour today!

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