Where have all the people gone?

Whether it’s a job, courses or the desire to continue living independently, there are plenty of incentives to remain in Kingston for summer.
Spending summer here makes you feel like a real Kingstonian. But as your steady circle of friends from Queen’s dwindles and the campus depopulates, the time can initially be hard to fill. Here are the ways I hope to branch out this summer:

Become a Kingston connoisseur

Gain a familiarity with the city that only summer leisure time can bring. Try every patio, sushi spot and boutique so that you can be the local expert when your friends return. I plan to hop on 1,000 Islands Cruises’ Discovery Cruise and become an expert on Kingston’s history. It may seem random, but I’m sure this information will come in handy during small talk.

Host a party

Other people will likely be looking for something to do and for other people to do it with. Having a party is the perfect way to pass the time and let different groups of friends mingle. Pretty soon you’ll have a whole network of summer friends.

Catch up with old acquaintances

If you’re here, this has probably happened to you already. Strolling down Princess Street, you bump into an old pal from first year who you wish you hadn’t lost touch with. If you both express interest in hanging out, follow through! You’ll have all summer to catch up and re-establish those old friendships. Invite them to your aforementioned party.

Make friends with locals

Make an effort to get to know your neighbours, your co-workers or friendly acquaintances. There’s a whole untapped network of people who have nothing to do with Queen’s and are sure to enrich your summer experience.

Events in Kingston you don’t want to miss

Doors Open Kingston (June 18)

Take a peek at some of Kingston’s fine establishments, including Agnes Benidickson House, HMCS Cataraqui at Kingston’s naval reserve, Kingston Police Headquarters and the Shoal Tower National Historic Sites. No excuses for missing this one—it’s free.

Kingston Jazz Festival (June 23-25)

The Grand Theatre, the Mansion and Confederation Park will play host to world class jazz musicians. Be sure to enhance your appreciation of jazz by checking out the festival.

Movies in Kingston’s Market Square (starting June 24)

Movies will be playing on many Thursday nights at dusk in the Market Square on a 24’ by 40’ foot inflatable screen.

For more information on these events, visit downtownkingston.ca.

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