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Fast Facts

Fort Henry Cannon

World Heritage Site

Fort Henry, Rideau Canal and Martello towers are a designated UNESCO world heritage site.

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Activities & Sports


The Kingston community has a wide range of leisure activities and programs for adult men and women. Many activities are seasonal pastimes that are generally enjoyed during the warm weather months. Some examples are birdwatching, camping and sailing.

Other activities are available throughout the year. Some examples are fitness and yoga classes, bowling, dancing, playing bridge, attending lectures, art classes or participating in a musical activity, such as a choir or community orchestra.

The city offers many opportunities for adults to stay physically active through organized team sports. Various organizations sponsor hockey, volleyball, basketball, soccer, badminton, cricket, swimming and other sports for adult participants.

Tennis is another popular year-round activity in Kingston. The city has both indoor tennis clubs and many parks and green spaces with outdoor tennis courts. Lawn bowling is another activity available in Kingston during the summer.

Kingston also offers activities and programs for people with mental and physical disabilities. One example is Able Sail Kingston, a local group that teaches recreational and competitive sailing to people with disabilities.

The municipality publishes a Recreation and Leisure Magazine twice a year (spring and fall) that lists programs and activities for people of all ages and abilities. Free copies are distributed throughout Kingston and can be obtained from City Hall, libraries and recreation centres. The magazine can also be downloaded from the city's website.

For More Information

Cycling in Kingston
The City of Kingston encourages bicycling as a healthy and inexpensive form of transportation. Includes information about bike racks, bicycle trails and pathways, protective helmets, hand signals and the rules of the road, as well as a video on Kingston as a bike-friendly community.

Ontario Trails Map
Ontario Trails Council online mapping tool listing various recreational trails across Ontario. Find a trail based on location and activity.

Sports & Recreation Clubs
A list of local sporting organizations and clubs for people of all ages in Kingston.

Sports & Recreation Directory
A list of Kingston sports and recreation resources, including tours, sports facilities, equipment rentals, conservation areas, etc.

Recreation Activities and Programs
General information on programs and activities offered by the City of Kingston for people of all ages. Includes a link to the registered programs, where you sign-up and pay for a series of sessions in advance. There is also a list of drop-in options, where you can participate on a per-class basis.

Senior Programs
The City of Kingston offers a variety of programs for seniors and older adults, including ballroom dancing, skating, volleyball, badminton, salsa dancing, candy making, and cake decorating.

Senior & Adult Skating
The city-owned INVISTA Centre has ice time for seniors and adults who want to skate.

Adapted Programs — For Developmental Disabilities or Rehabilitation Needs
Social, leisure and recreation programs for youth and adults with developmental challenges. Also programs for those with special rehabilitation needs (such as cardiac patients). Activities include bowling, gym, swimming, billiards, dancing, yoga and sporting events.

Agnes Etherington Art Centre Adult Programs
The art centre holds lectures, talks, tours and other events to promote its exhibitions and collections.

Wolfe Island Birdwatching
The open fields, woods and wetlands of Wolfe Island provide opportunities for birdwatching enthusiasts.

Kingston Community Strings
The community strings is a 50-member amateur string orchestra open to adult players at any level. The group performs concerts at different functions in the community.

Kingston Potters’ Guild
A club composed of local potters who hold pottery classes for community members and twice-a-year sales.

Wolfe Island Fishing
Information about fishing opportunities in the waters surrounding Wolfe Island.

Able Sail Kingston
Information about a learn-to-sail program for people with disabilities sponsored by the Kingston Yacht Club.

KFPL Schedule of Events
The Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) has programs and events for adults, children and families with babies and older children and teens. View details and register for the programs.

Recreation & Leisure Guide
Bi-annual (spring and fall) magazine filled with all the activities and programs offered by the City in print format. Includes information on facilities; booking; parks, trails, & gardens; and events, as well as arts, fitness, and recreation programs for all age groups and the whole family. Is available on the right-hand side of the page in PDF format.

ISKA Immigrant Programs
Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA) have many programs to help people connect with and become active in the community. Includes a variety of social events, ethnic cooking classes, a sewing club and a senior’s group.

Queen’s AMS Clubs by Category
Queen’s University Alma Mater Society (AMS) -affiliated club listing by category. Categories include: academic, arts, business, common interest/social (i.e. games, cooking, interests, etc.), politics, and sports amoung others. Includes links to full profiles of each club as well as to the full club listing.

QUIC Associated Clubs
Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) has various associated clubs and organizations, each of which has membership open to international and Canadian students. Clubs are organized by geographic regions, religious groups, or social action interests.

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