The PumpHouse is located in one of Canada’s oldest original water works, where steam-powered pumps provided the first running water to Kingston residents and businesses beginning in 1851. Only six similar preserved water pumping plants remain in North America.

The museum’s most incredible artifact is the building itself – where the original pumps remain in place and visitors can discover exactly how they worked. During indoor museum tours, skilled guides demonstrate how steam power was an essential element of the industrial development of Canada and how pumped water played a key role in Kingston’s history.

Click below to explore the additional rooms on view during each visit to the PumpHouse.

Soil Superheroes

Beneath your feet, a league of superheroes are working tirelessly to make life on Earth possible — yet few of us understand the significance of their “dirty work.”