Fun Activities in Kingston, Ontario

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Sailing lessons are available in the 1000 Islands region near Kingston.

Kingston, Ontario, lies on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway, across from the state of New York. Abundant outdoor activities, such as sailing, camping and wildlife viewing, are available to Kingston visitors and residents for an afternoon of fun or a week-long vacation. Family themed-fun can also be found in area theme parks, tours and island cruises. In 2011, scheduled events and local attractions can be found listed at the Kingston Ontario Official Tourism site (tourism.kingstoncanada.com), which showcases Kingston's Lake Ontario lakefront and its proximity to the 1000 Islands region.

  1. Kingston Family Fun World

    • Visitors to Kingston who enjoy small theme parks and are looking for a fun afternoon with the family can check out Kingston Family Fun World or their partner park, Putt N' Blast (funworldpark.com). Kingston Family Fun World is open from mid-April to late-October yearly, and offers visitors a go-cart track, batting cages and a mini-put golf course as well as concession stands. Indoor park Putt N' Blast, located next door in the Frontenac Mall, provides laser tag and indoor lighted mini-golf courses with 3-D lighting effects. It is open year-round.

    Haunted Walk of Kingston

    • A mixture of history, exercise and haunting ghosts awaits Kingston visitors who reserve a place on the guided, lantern-lighted Haunted Walk of Kingston (hauntedwalk.com/kingstontours), which tours the allegedly haunted Old Fort Henry fortress. The tours take place at night time and visit such local attractions as haunted ships, pubs, hotels and the hanging gallows of the Old Courthouse. In 2011, tours are held on varying dates from April 1 through November 30, and reservations are recommended.

    Visit a Nearby Island

    • Visitors who enjoy activities on the water and wish to take advantage of the numerous lakes, small and large, near Kingston and the St. Lawrence River can visit one or many of the islands that make up the Kingston portion of the 1000 Islands region (visit1000islands.com). Extending the length of the city along the St. Lawrence Seaway, individual islands and their businesses offer bicycling trails, sailing lessons and camping. The largest island is 30,000-acre Wolfe Island (wolfeisland.com), located just offshore of downtown Kingston. It offers Scottish influences in its history and plentiful recreational activities such as cruises and bird watching.

    Camp at Frontenac Provincial Park

    • Year-round camping fun can be found in one of Canada's nearby provincial parks, such as the rugged, marsh-covered area preserved within Frontenac Provincial Park (ontarioparks.com/english/fron), located 20 minutes north of Kingston. Visitors can back-country camp in primitive and natural wetlands and mixed forests. Akron, Black and Otter Lakes offer canoe trips, swimming and fishing, while Natural Heritage tours are available highlighting notable landmarks within the park such as the Crab Lake Mines and the Black Lake Homestead.

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