Kingston Named the Capital of Canada

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Kingston as the capital of the United Provinces of Canada. Source: City of Kingston.

As Ontario's oldest settlement and a key naval and military town, Kingston had expected to be named the capital of Upper Canada. When the Act of the Union was passed on July 23, 1840, the opportunity still existed for Kingston, but was by no means certain. The Act states that "it shall be lawful for the Governor of the Province of Canada for the time being to fix such place or places within any part of the Province of Canada, and such times for holding the first and every other session of the Legislative Council and Assembly of the said provice as he may see fit." Beating out Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Hamilton, Kingston was announced as the choice of Governor General Lord Sydenham, as the new capital on February 2, 1841.