Kingston is a magical city in the winter! If you are bored from hibernating and want a fun winter adventure then look no further! Here are the Top 10 Bucket List items for Kingston Ontario this winter! Can you accomplish them all this year?
1. Cross Country Ski at Little Cataraqui Conservation Area
We lived in Kingston for two years before we ever skied at Little Cataraqui Conservation Area and we should have done it sooner! Little Cataraqui Conservation Area has an abundance of groomed trails for you to cross country ski or snowshoe. They also have lots of little chickadees so remember to bring some bird seed!
2. Visit Feb Fest
The City of Kingston holds some exceptional festivities in the winter but Feb Fest is our favourite! There are plenty of weekend activities to keep you outside and entertained. Try grabbing a hot chocolate and watching the figuring skating performances this year!
3. Check out Lumina Borealis
Lumina Borealis is an interactive light show held at Fort Henry and definitely worth visiting! You can read more about our experience here! It is a perfect evening activity if you want to do something exciting this winter – just remember to bring snow pants since it can be very cold!
4. Catch a Frontenac’s Hockey Game
If you want some local Canadian fun, then head over to the K-Rock Center and check out a Frontenac’s hockey game! Hockey games are a great way to add some excitement to your winter!
5. Explore Queen’s University campus
Queen’s University campus has always been one of my favourite spots in Kingston but it is even more beautiful in the winter. There is something very photogenic about the limestone buildings covered in fluffy snow! Make a point of walking around Queen’s University campus this winter and explore the local beauty!
6. Hike Lemoine Point
Make sure you get out to Lemoine Point this winter for a free hike! There are many different trails depending on the length of your hike and its a great place to walk your pup. We try to get outside at least once a week for a long hike!
7. Skate Downtown or at the K-Rock Centre
Skating is a perfect way to enjoy the winter weather while staying entertained! We LOVE skating on the outdoors skating rink at Springer Market Square since it is FREE, very well maintained and close to lots of hot chocolate shops! You can also head over to the K-Rock Centre for some indoor skating depending on the weather or your preference. Last year we skated at the K-Rock Centre on New Years Eve for free and really enjoyed it!
8. Discover Downtown Kingston
Make sure you take a walk up Princess Street this winter to visit all of the cute local shops and see the beautiful sights! We love walking through downtown after a snowstorm when the streets are very quiet and covered in fresh snow!
9. Catch the New Years Eve Firework Display
We LOVE watching any Kingston firework display but the New Years Eve show is always special! There is something magical about watching fireworks in the cold and making resolutions for a new year!
10. Explore the Lake Ontario Waterfront
Last but not least – One of our favourite things to do is walk around Lake Ontario waterfront in the winter. We love the colourful sunsets and interesting ice structures along Battery Park and MacDonald Park. It can be quite windy and cold so make sure to bundle up! As you can see from the many photos below, the Lake Ontario waterfront is absolutely beautiful and definitely worth a visit this winter!
We hope this post has inspired you to visit Kingston this winter or try some new local activities! Let us know if you have any other suggestions or tips!