Five ways to stay active in the city

Exploring Kingston’s bustling outdoors

Image supplied by: Run 4 Paws
Last year's Run 4 Paws race.

For many students, the summertime is when we’re not chained to a desk in Stauffer and can get outside to be a bit more active. Or, we have desk jobs that scare us about the reality of the working world that soon will hit us, and we cherish our weekends that much more. 

Either way, the summer months are the perfect time to try new activities, broaden our horizons and maybe work on our beach bods at the same time.

Kingston is always a bustling place. Even when many people have left for the summer, the city makes up for the loss of students by upping the ante on community events. Here are some activities to make the most of what Kingston has to offer:

Try out your paddling skills

Trailhead offers a series during the summer called “Paddle and Pint.” On Wednesday evenings, for $40, you can enjoy a two hour guided kayak tour, all gear included. Afterwards, the group heads to a local bar for a drink, making it a great way to get a taste for the sport and make some new friends. No kayaking experience is required to take part. 

On May 30 and 31, Trailhead will be running its annual paddling demo day. You can go and test out stand up paddleboards and kayaks at no charge, without the pressure of having to buy anything. 

Beat Beethoven

Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5 is 50 minutes long and the race course is eight kilometres. The name of the game is to finish the race before the music stops, which means running at a 6:15/K pace. Think you are up for the challenge? The race starts in Confederation Park on June 7, which means you still have time to train. 

Jog it out for some puppies

The Run 4 Paws fun run or walk in support of the Kingston Human Society is also taking place on June 7. One hundred per cent of all fundraising goes directly towards supporting the care of homeless and abandoned pets. 

Climb the social fitness ladder

Did you know that Canada’s highestindoor climb is located right in downtown Kingston? Check out the Boiler Room to test your skill at rock climbing. A day pass is only $25, which makes it a fun weekend excursion with a group of friends.

Do some sun salutations

A mainstay of Kingston’s healthy lifestyle culture, Studio 330 offers donation-based yoga classes throughout the summer. The studio, located on Princess St., is beloved by hundreds of Queen’s students and most classes are packed during the school year. With a little bit more wiggle room in the summer months, it’s the perfect time to go and give yoga a try.

I highly recommend the ‘hour of power’ if you’re looking to work up a sweat and ‘yin and tonic’ (studio owner Dallas Delahunt’s specialty) or if you’re looking to relieve some tension and stress. 



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