Looking for a novel getaway? Try a week 'in prison'
As many readers of the Whig-Standard may know, just over 186 years ago, on June 1, 1835, the Provincial Penitentiary of the Province of Upper Canada — a.k.a. Kingston Pen, the Pen or just plain old KP — opened for business, of the correctional kind. After operating for nearly 180 years, KP officially closed on Sept. 30, 2013. Just a couple of days later, on Oct. 2, The Pen reopened for business, this time of the touristic kind, with CBC reporting that both batches of tickets for the 90-minute prison tour (hosted by the local United Way) had sold out in less than one hour. What attracted so many people — not only Kingston locals but also visitors from other cities — to such a place?