Active living in Kingston Ontario

Walking

Kingston Gets Walking!

Why Walk More?

You can gain a lot from walking! Here are some walking benefits:

Physical benefits:

  • Keeps heart, lungs and muscles fit
  • Maintains healthy weight
  • Strengthens bones
  • Reduces health risks

Psychological benefits:

  • Relieves stress and tension
  • Helps with a positive body image
  • Reduces fatigue and increases energy
  • Allows time spent with family and friends 

Learn more details on walking from this pamphlet!

Walking Groups

Walking with a group is a great way to stay motivated to get out and have fun at the same time.  Why not try one of the following walking groups!

Walk On 

  • Free, drop-in indoor winter walking program, offered by KFL&A Public Health
  • Volunteer led walks provide a safe, free, and social atmosphere for people of all ages to increase their physical activity
  • No registration required. Accessible to mobility disabilities
  • Locations are in North, West, East, and downtown Kingston; Inverary and Napanee

Meetup.com Groups

There are several active groups that anyone can join.  Many are FREE, some require a small fee.

  • The Kingston Outdoor Adventure Club:  they have groups meeting to walk, hike, cycle, climb, sail, backpack, do yoga, etc.  You can join any outing and make some new friends at the same time!
  • Kingston Nordic Walking Meetup by Urban Polling:  Want to try out urban poling?  Join this group to give it a go!

Rideau Trail Association

  • The Rideau trail is a Hiking trail from Kingston to Ottawa
  • Hikers come prepared!
  • Common meeting location: in front of Canadian Tire along Bath Road, go to gas pumps and you should find the leader with a clipboard
  • Cost: money for gas to car pool to walking locations

King’s Town Trekkers Volkssport Club

  • “Walk Boxes” are available at three sites for walkers who wish to walk more:
    • Holiday Inn, 1 Princess St. at the Fitness Centre
    • Kingston YMCA, 100 Wright Cres. at the main desk
    • Brockville and Area YMCA, 345 Park St at the main desk
  • Annual membership fee (January-December): $10.00 for a single and $15.00 for a family.
  • To participate in the individual achievement awards, after the first five free stamps, it will cost $2.00 per walk if you are getting an event stamp and/or a distance stamp. If you are not walking for the awards then the walk is free but you must register for each walk. This is for liability and statistically purposes.

Nordic Pole Walking/ Urban Poling

  •  Best Health Physiotherapynordic pole walking will be offering scheduled, free, Introductory Nordixx Pole Walking Clinics. Contact them for the next clinic date.  You can also join them for ongoing Nordixx Pole Walking group classes.  They can also supply you with a complete line of Nordixx poles and accessories
  • Fit to the Core offers Urban Poling classes and clinics.
  • For details about location and contact info, check out the Active Places page (check the “poling” or “walking” box and click “go”)
  • The YMCA of Kingston now offers urban poling classes!

The Running Room

  • Join the walking group at the Running Room!
  • Walkers and runners from beginner to advanced are all welcome
  • If you wish to turn your walking into a work out and train for walk/run events, you can also join Running Room’s training programs.

Trailhead Kingston

  • Gear and guidance to enjoy the outdoors in every season!

Kingston Gets Active Walking Network

This is a community-walking network created in partnership with Kingston Gets Active. The network users communicate via a Facebook page, which has a collection of existing walking programs in the city of Kingston. The goal is to encourage collaboration and communication among existing walking groups and interested walkers. Check out our Walking Facebook page.

Walking Maps

Having a map can help with planning walks. Here are some maps to check out!

City of Kingston:

Royal Military College (RMC) Maps

Explore the Arch

  • Check out this website for hiking and fitness trails in the Kingston area
  • There are also a variety of heritage walking trails for the surrounding area

Scavenger Hunt

  • Check out this scavenger hunt that starts at the Girls and Boys club (559 Bagot street) to 169 Earl street
  • Walk 30-50 min while answering questions that will develop more of an appreciation of the Kingston environment!

Walking Resources

There are plenty of resources out there to help you in your walking quest!

Walking Tours of Kingston: This GPS based app allows users to go on walking tours of Kingston. Offered in 14 different languages, the Walking Tours of Kingston app provides many different walking tours. Each tour varies on length but allows the user to learn the rich history and culture Kingston has to offer all while being active!

Note: This app is only compatible with Apple Products (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch iOS 8.0 or later)

Map my walk: Map your walk or check out what other people have walked in Kingston.

Get Your Move On!

Looking to start walking more? Why not measure your progress with the help of the Pedometer Lending Program.

Pedometers count the wearer’s steps during physical activity and have been successfully used to motivate and increase walking and physical activity patterns.

  • Check out a pedometer from your local library and see how many steps you can take in a day.
  • Keep track of your steps on a downloadable log sheet and see if you can increase the number of steps you take every day

How walkable is your neighbourhood?
This website rates the walkability of your neighbourhood, taking into account your proximity to amenities.

Active and Safe routes to School:
This website lists a variety of ideas that schools can implement to increase active transportation. For instance, why not join a walking school bus?

Kingston Parks with Walking Trails

Get walking in Kingston at one of these beautiful parks:

  • Breakwater Park & City Park–Waterfront trail, splash pad, picnic areas
  • Lake Ontario Park–Waterfront trail, splash pad, picnic areas
  • Belle Park–Waterfront trails and golfing
  • Fort Henry–Walk around the Fort for spectacular views of the lake and Kingston
  • Greenwood Park Trail–A lovely meandering trail in Kingston East
  • Grass Creek Park–Beach and picnic areas on the St. Lawrence River
  • Lemoine Point Conservation Area–Waterfront walking trails (free)
  • Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area–Walking, skiing, snowshoeing trails, ice skating, sugar bush, seasonal equipment rental (entree fee)
  • Parrots Bay Conservation Area–Walking trails and pond off Hwy 33 past Amherstview (entree fee).
  • Rideau Trail, K&P Trail, Cataraqui Trail
  • For more information on these parks, look them up on our ActivPlaces search tool (check off “walking” and press “go”).
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