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Activities & Sports

A jogger runs on a snow-covered path lined with trees.

People of every age can stay physically active year round in Kingston. Photo: Wayne Hiebert

Sports and leisure activities in Kingston tend to be organized around the four weather seasons and various age groups. The city offers opportunities for people of every age and ability and in a variety of community facilities:

  • Families: Parks, conservation areas and greenspaces are ideal for family outings such as hiking, biking, picnicking, swimming, boating, skating and skiing. The city has year-round programs and activities for parents and children that promote physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
  • Adults: Soccer, sailing, fishing, bowling, dancing, yoga and team sports are among the many organized activities available to adult men and women in Kingston. Other popular pastimes include birdwatching, playing bridge, and participating in a choir or musical ensemble.
  • Children & Youth: A wide variety of competitive and non-competitive sports activities are available throughout the year to children and youth in Kingston. Other popular leisure activities for young people include music, dancing, theatre, arts and crafts, and nature programs.
  • Seniors: Older adults in Kingston participate in clubs, seminars, lectures, workshops, fitness classes, skating, hiking, badminton, dancing and many other activities, including out-of-town daytrips and longer excursions.
  • Facilities: The city has many types of sports and recreation facilities, including indoor and outdoor arenas, playing fields, swimming pools, golf courses, tennis courts, gyms, running tracks, marinas and wading pools. A large sports and entertainment centre in the downtown is one of Kingston's newest facilities.
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