5 Things to Do in Kingston This Winter - Dow’s ClimateCare

Whether you’ve just moved here or are visiting for the holidays, you’re likely wondering what there is to do in Kingston this winter. Luckily, our little city has plenty to offer all season long.  

In this article, we list some of the best Kingston winter activities that are fun for the whole family.  

1. Skating on Market Square 

Starting in late November/early December, the Springer Market Square skating rink will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Best of all, skating is free! This reason, along with being fun for all ages, is why skating in Kingston tops our list.  

Simply lace up your skates and glide around the outdoor rink with Kingston’s beautiful city hall and surrounding heritage buildings as your backdrop. Assessable as both a day and night activity, you can enjoy laps around the rink whenever it works for your schedule. 

2. Visit a Museum  

Kingston, Ontario, is home to over 30 museums, making it Canada’s museum capital. With such a vast array of museums to choose from, there’s truly something for everyone, whether they’re a history buff or a hockey fan. Plus, museum hopping is the perfect way to escape some of the more bitter bouts of Kingston winter weather.  

Here, you’ll find The Original Hockey Hall of Fame (formerly known as the International Hockey Hall of Fame), the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, Canada’s Penitentiary Museum, and many other historic sites and national treasures.  

3. Stroll Through Queen’s University 

On milder winter days, Queen’s University can be enjoyed by more than just students and faculty. The sprawling campus offers views of historical architecture and tasteful landscaping, even in the cooler seasons. It can truly feel like you’re walking through a royal winter wonderland on these grounds.  

Interestingly, Queen’s was established before Canada even became a country, making it one of the oldest post-secondary institutions in the nation.  

4. Take a Food Tour  

Kingston Food Tours puts an exciting spin on eating out. With the purchase of tickets, you can join a guided walking tour that takes you through Kingston’s historic downtown to taste some of the best eats the city has to offer. These tours are perfect for picky eaters and foodies alike since a variety of gourmet, artisanal and local dishes and drinks are available. There are also tour options for different budgets and families with children.  

5. Snowshoe in Kingston  

Enjoy the winter wilderness the historical way with snowshoeing in Kingston! This activity is fun for all ages and ability levels since there are a variety of trails you can choose from both within and surrounding the city.  

Curious about how you can get more out of your winter in Kingston? Give Dows ClimateCare a call! Our local experts will be happy to share tips about winter activities as well as offer various home heating solutions so you can stay comfortable all winter long.  

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