Kingston WWI Memorial Walk

The Kingston Memorial Walk honours the lived history of Kingstonians who were affected by and those who served in WWI. This walking tour focuses on family homes, individual stories, monuments, and other relevant points around downtown Kingston.

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Let renowned Canadian actor R.H. Thomson guide you through Kingston’s historic city core and give you a glimpse of the city as it was during World War I.  This one hour, twelve-stop walk invokes the lives of many local individuals who both lived and lost during that tragic conflict.  We hope you will be touched by their stories, inspired to learn more about their contributions, and challenged to examine your own assumptions about war and peace.

There are many ways to take the tour though we recommend that this tour is best enjoyed in person, with the brochure and audio accompaniment on headphones..

  • Download a digital copy of the brochure here.
  • Download a printer-friendly copy of the brochure here.
  • Hearing impaired? Download the full audio script here.
  • No Data? Download the audio files directly to your device here.
  • Listen on iTunesSoundCloud or…
  • Search “Kingston Memorial Walk” on iTunes or your favourite podcast app!


PeaceQuest is grateful for the expertise of local Kingston historian, Peter Gower, whose contributions have helped to inform this project. His more extensive driving tour, Kingston During The Great War (2014), will be of further interest to those seeking to learn more about Kingston during this period (  Joanne Stanbridge of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library offered insights and, through the Home Town, Home Front project, contributed important personal stories of Kingstonians.  Both this and the Canadian Great War Project are useful resources to research the lives of individual Canadians who served in the Canadian military during World War I.  For a rich source of readings on this conflict, Tamra Tomson’s blog Great War 100 Reads is worth exploring.

PeaceQuest also acknowledges with gratitude the contributions of the following people whose involvement with this project made it possible:

  • Narrator – R. H. Thomson
  • Writer/Producer – Vicki Schmolka
  • Recording/Sound design/Editing – Jeremy Kerr
  • First recording – Graham Sheedy
  • Trumpet – Oscar Evans
  • Research – Leah Cox, Paul Cox
  • Brochure & Web Design – Jolene Cheryl Simko
  • Executive Producer – Bronek Korczynski
  • With assistance from: Ned Dickens, Matt Rogalsky, Jamie Swift, and the Harris Institute.
  • Photo Credits:  Gavin Anderson, Jolene C. Simko, and the archival assistance of Peter Gower.

A more extensive Works Cited list can be found at the end of the written text of the tour.

*PeaceQuest has striven for accuracy in this work.  Please offer further information or insights to  PeaceQuest through the Contact Us page on our web site.*

Thank you to Veterans Affairs Canada for their financial support

Promo image for The World Remembers featuring a black and white image of soldiers and nurses from WWI

RH Thomson is also the producer of The World Remembers Project, which documented and organized the names of soldiers lost on all sides of the war. By creating timed projection displays which cycle through the names in the order in which they were lost, we are given an opportunity to begin to understand the scope of such loss.

Throughout 2014-2018 PeaceQuest has partnered with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library to bring The World Remembers to Kingston. For 2018, the display will commence mid-September and conclude November 11th.

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