Kingston to host sold-out Murdoch Mysteries behind-the-scenes group tour

October 3, 2023


Kingston to host sold-out Murdoch Mysteries behind-the-scenes group tour 

October 3, 2023

Presented by U.K.-based Transcendent Travel and Shaftesbury, the producer of Murdoch Mysteries, tour visits Kingston twice in October

(Kingston, Ontario, Canada) – Kingston is a featured location on a behind-the-scenes Murdoch Mysteries tour. The tour takes guests to four locations in Ontario for guided tours and group experiences, including an overnight stop in Kingston. While in Kingston, the group will visit Kingston Penitentiary, enjoy a Kingston 1000 Islands Cruise, and explore Springer Market Square and other locations featured on Murdoch Mysteries. The tour will bring 66 Canadian and international visitors to Kingston as part of two tours happening October 3 and October 10. 

"The demographic of tour guests shows the wide international fan base for Murdoch Mysteries. Once people fall in love with the show, they want to see and experience the places associated, bringing the series to life,” says Andrew Lannerd, Vice President and Tour Director, Transcendent Travel. 

Over the past five years, Kingston has increasingly become a sought-after location for film and TV production. With its historic buildings, heritage architecture, and landmark buildings, the city offers directors and location managers the look and feel of Europe and turn-of-the-century (1900s) America. Through Tourism Kingston’s film & media division, productions are supported with location tours, financial incentives, and local talent and resource coordination. Murdoch Mysteries has filmed in Kingston three times with the city’s backdrops featured in several episodes of the popular series. Julie Lacey, the series long-time Producer and VP, Creative Affairs at Shaftesbury, hails from Kingston.

“The Murdoch Mysteries team keeps returning to Kingston because of the beauty of this historic city. Another reason is that we’ve set Kingston up as part of our extended Murdoch world,” says Lacey. “The Kingston Penitentiary and Queen’s University were both iconic institutions in Canada in the early 1900s and we’ve enjoyed filming there. We also have many Murdoch fans in Kingston and being on location here has given us a chance to meet a lot of them. Our cast can crew love it here and we’re hopeful we’ll have more opportunities to come back.” 

Caption: Hélène Joy (Dr. Julia Odgen) and Yannick Bisson (Detective William Murdoch) meet fans in Springer Market Square during filming for season 13. Photo: Stephen Scott for Shaftesbury.

“Kingston has been very fortunate to host the cast and crew of Murdoch Mysteries several times. The city’s character and iconic historic locations are a great match for the series’ stories,” says Donnie MacIntyre, Film Commissioner at Tourism Kingston. We hope to have the opportunity to host them again and continue to see Kingston showcased through the series.”

Caption: Filming at The Hochelaga Inn for season 15 of Murdoch Mysteries. Photo: Stephen Scott for Shaftesbury.

Tourism Kingston's film & media team has hosted more than 50 Tier 1 productions (those that film for 7+ days in Kingston) in the past four years. Film and TV production in the city creates considerable economic impact as cast and crew stay, dine, and shop locally, and productions hire local rentals and services (catering, garbage collection, security). Some productions also offer employment opportunities to residents on set, supporting the local workforce. The Murdoch Mysteries behind-the-scenes tour shows the potential for film production to generate spin-off tourism experiences that deliver further economic benefit to the city. 

Caption: Hélène Joy (Dr. Julia Odgen) and Yannick Bisson (Detective William Murdoch) film at Kingston Penitentiary for a season 13 episode. Photo: Stephen Scott for Shaftesbury.