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For three weeks starting Oct. 2, visitors will be able to tour Kingston Penitentiary, the formidable maximum security facility that has housed Canada’s worst criminals. But if you were hoping to go it's too late. Tickets are already sold out.

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Dusk falls as a worker enters Kingston Penitentiary in Kingston, Ont. Thursday, April 19/2012. The government announced today that they will close the maximum security facility which is home to some of Canada's most notorious criminals.

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Canadian Armed Forces troops arrive at the Kingston penitentiary on April 15, 1971 to help prison oficials after inmates took control of the main cell block. The riot ended on April 18 with two inmates dead and 11 injured. The historic Kingston Penitentiary, the country's most notorious prison, is closing.

Peter Bregg/The Canadian Press

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A fire which broke out on May 15, 1934, in the change room at Kingston Penitentiary caused dense columns of smoke to spread over Kingston, Ontario, The fire was put out in about an hour, the prisoners being sent to their cells. The historic Kingston Penitentiary, the country's most notorious prison, is closing.

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About 250 inmates of Kingston Penitentiary protested against food, canteen prices, and demand for welfare grievances committee on July 4, 1966. Here prisoners sit in south-east exercise yard. The protest lasted 19 hours. The historic Kingston Penitentiary, the country's most notorious prison, is closing.

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Two guards at the Kingston Penitentiary walk by the parking lot on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The historic Kingston Penitentiary, the country's most notorious prison, is closing.

Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press

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The bathroom facilities at Kingston Penitentiary are pictured in this Sept. 10, 1969 file photo. The historic Kingston Penitentiary, the country's most notorious prison, is closing.

Chuck Mitchell/The Canadian Press

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View down a corridor of the Kingston Penitentiary. The historic Kingston Penitentiary, the country's most notorious prison, is closing.

Tibor Kolley/The Globe and Mail

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A view of the Kingston Penitentiary in Kingston, Ont., on Thursday, October 21, 2010. The historic Kingston Penitentiary, the country's most notorious prison, is closing.

Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press

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A cell block at Kingston Penitentiary is pictured in this Sept. 10, 1969 file photo. The historic Kingston Penitentiary, the country's most notorious prison, is closing.

Chuck Mitchell/The Canadian Press

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The Kingston Penitentiary is shown in an April 19, 2012 photo. Members of the public will have soon have a rare and limited chance to go inside the country's most notorious but soon to be closed prison, the first such opportunity in ages.

Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press

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