Why Participate in Accessible Recreation?

Sebastien on arm erg

Physical activity in general provides opportunities for social interaction which can largely benefit people’s mental health as well as their willingness to get involved in certain activities. Physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of chronic condition development, as well as an increase in self-efficacy which can lead to further participation in physical activity.

How You Can Get Active!

Your city may offer more accessible resources than you know about! Accessible recreation refers to opportunities that are meant for people of all different ages and disabilities. Accessible recreation supports both structured (e.g. sports team) and unstructured (e.g. going on a family walk) physical activity.

Getting Active in the Winter

For ideas on how to get active in the winter months, both outdoors and indoors, check out these articles:

Physical Activity Guidelines

Below are the Physical Activity Guidelines for special populations. You can also visit our pages dedicated to people with Spinal Cord Injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, or Parkinson’s Disease for more information on getting active.  Guidelines for kids, youth and adults can be found by clicking on their respective links.

Physical Activity Guidelines for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with Multiple Sclerosis

Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with Parkinson’s Disease  

Autism:  Physical Activity Resources & Links

Kingston chapter of Autism Ontario

Camp Kennebec

RKY Camp

Awesome Possums & Buddy Program:  Queen’s University also offers 2 programs for children on the autism spectrum: Awesome Possums and Buddy Program, designed to provide programming for children on the autism spectrum through a one-on-one pairing with a Queen’s student in the Buddy Program, or through a weekly drop-in centre in the Awesome Possums program. The overall goal of the two volunteer programs to provide an enriching and safe environment for children with ASD to promote social and personal development. For more information please contact: autism@asus.queensu.ca


Here is an article from the Arthritis Foundation on 14 Ways to Work Out with Arthritis.

These low-impact, joint-friendly activities will keep you moving, reduce pain and keep your joints more flexible.  Some of the suggested activities include water walking, water aerobics, swimming, walking, bocce, golf, shuffleboard, walking, cycling, cross country skiing, pilates, yoga and Tai Chi.  Read the article to find out why each is good, how to do it safely, and some cautions.

Ideas to Get More Active!

JasonTo help plan and track your physical activity, click the link below to download a printable Monthly Activity Tracker. 

For print resources click the links below to download the KGA  Accessible Active Places and Poster.

For more places to become active in Kingston click on the “places” tab at the top of the screen.

Fee Assistance

Find out more about the City of Kingston’s Fee Assisted Recreation Programs and Transit Pass.

Look Who’s Talking About Physical Activity!

wcbTo see what others enjoy about accessible recreation click on the link to view the Testimonial Page.

Where You Can Get Active!

Kingston and it’s community offers a vast range of accessible physical activity opportunities. Listed below are a number of options for individuals to get involved in physical activity independently or to become a member of a team.

Special Olympics Kingston

Revved Up

Y Penguins

S.W.A.M. Kingston

H’art School

Hockey for People with Disabilities

Kingston Goalball Club (for the visually impaired)

Able Sail Kingston

Adapted Programs at the City of Kingston

Financial Assistance with Jumpstart

Financial Assistance with City of Kingston (SPARK)

Search for Active Places in Kingston
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