The Grade 5 & 9 ActivPass is valid through Aug 31!

What is the ActivPass?

The Grade 5 and 9 ActivPass gives students FREE access to recreation facilities at designated times.

From September through August, grade 5 and 9 students in public and private schools in the greater Kingston area can use their ActivPass. To access facilities, Grade 5 students show their physical activity pass, which they receive at school, and grade 9 students show their student identification card or an ActivPass, which can be picked up in their school office.

Students can enjoy activities such as swimming, ice skating, curling  and use of gymnasiums or fitness centres  at participating organizations.

2023 – 2024 Letter to Grade 5 Students

2023 – 2024 Letter to Grade 9 Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Grade 5’s for the ActivPass?

Grade 5 students have been chosen for a number of reasons. Research shows that physical activity begins to decrease in children as early as the age of 9 years. Children who are not active enough do not obtain the benefits associated with physical activity. For example, physical activity positively affects the growth and development of children. Physically active children are more likely to maintain a healthy body size and have lower risks of cardiovascular disease. Active children receive many benefits including improved self-esteem, mood, behaviour, and academic performance. Finally, Grade 5 students are at an age when they are independent but still enjoy family activities.

Why Grade 9’s for the ActivPass? 

Grade 9 students have been chosen as they are at an age where they are establishing new habits. Research shows that physical activity levels begin to decrease as youth enter their high school years. Physically active youth are more likely to obtain the benefits associated with physical activity, including lower risks of cardiovascular disease, improved self-esteem, mood, behaviour, and academic performance. Furthermore, Grade 9 is the final year in Ontario that students are required to enrol in a physical education course, which means educators can encourage students to use the pass as a physical activity opportunity in the community.

Why not all grades?

Kingston Gets Active offers the pass to grades 5 and 9 for the reasons mentioned above. We appreciate and are grateful for our partners for the free services they offer. We don’t offer it to all grades mainly due to financial reasons. The partners offering free access to grade 5 & 9 students are unable to offer it to all grades without some sort of additional financial support. 

2023-2024 Grade 5 & 9 ActivPass Schedule

Flash Your Pass for


City of Kingston logoArtillery Park Aquatic Centre
613-546-4291, ext. 1700
382 Bagot Street

Scan your pass:
Leisure Swim
Family Swim

Note: (applicable to all City of Kingston programming):
Those who have the pass, can come to our Front Desk and get their free “Activ Pass City Membership”.

Students are required to show their pass and/or student ID, as well as provide an emergency contact name and number (required).

Students can then sign up online or in person for free programming.

City of Kingston logoCulligan Water Park
613-546-4291, ext. 1991
303 York St.

Closed until June 2024

Scan your pass:
Outdoor Swim

Queen's Recreation logoQueen’s Athletics & Recreation Centre
284 Earl Street

ActivPass Main Page
Aquatics Schedule

Open Swim Saturdays
*must be accompanied by adult

Flash Your Pass for


City of Kingston logoINVISTA Fitness & Wellness Centre
613-546-4291 ext. 1891
1350 Gardiners Road

Grade 9 only. Orientation is required.

Scan your pass:
Fitness Centre time

City of Kingston logoKingston East Community Centre
613-546-4291, ext. 2000
779 Highway 15

Scan your pass:
Drop-in Open Gym

YMCA logoFitness Centre Time (grade 9 only)
Fitness Centre supported by the YMCA of Eastern Ontario.

Boys and Girls ClubBGC South East
613-507-3306 ext. 109
West End Location
1300 Bath Rd.

East End location, Hwy 15 & Grenadier Dr

North End location, 85 McCauley St.

Gym & Youth Programming  Schedule

(Registration required)

Flash Your Pass for


City of Kingston logo

City of Kingston

  • Centre 70 Arena
  • INVISTA Centre
  • Memorial Centre

Scan your pass:
Public Skating

Loyalist Township logoWJ Henderson Recreation Centre
322 Amherst Drive

Scan your pass:
Toonie Skates
Tuesdays and Thursday, 4-5 pm

Public Skates
Fridays 6-7 pm and Sundays 11 am – noon

(Registration is not required)

Skating schedule

Stone Mills Township logoStone Mills Recreation Centre
713 Addington Street, Tamworth

Skating schedule

Wednesdays (4:30 – 5:30 pm) and Sundays (11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Greater Napanee logoStrathcona Paper Centre Home Hardware Rink
16 McPherson Drive, Napanee

Public skating

Flash Your Pass for


Royal Kingston Curling Club

130 Days Rd, 613-546-2243

Registration required. Ice is for curling, not skating.

Scan your pass:
3rd Sundays Curling

From October to March

Cataraqui Golf and Country Club LogoCataraqui Golf and Curling Club
32 Country Club Drive

Scan your pass:
1st Sunday of each month, November to March (2-3pm). Participants must register by 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month to participate in the Sunday curling. Contact: CatActivPass

Note: Students should wear comfortable clothing and must bring a helmet and clean sneakers and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The parent or guardian can also try curling if they bring a pair of clean shoes and a helmet. Review of Rowan’s law material (concussion awareness) and a waiver must be signed before going on the ice. Try to arrive 30 minutes early.

Parents are asked to remain at the club for the duration. There will not be a fee for parents/guardians to try curling.

Curling at the Cat

Attend a Sporting Event – Cheer on the Queen’s Gaels

Grade 5’s and 9’s ActivPass students are invited to attend a following Queen’s Gaels sporting events for FREE.

Additional non ActivPAss participants will need to purchase a ticket, and the ActivPass holder will still also need to pick-up a ticket at Q-Services on Game Day.
Queen's logo

  • Sunday November 19 | Women’s Volleyball | Main Gym | 2PM | vs. Brock Badgers
  • Sunday November 19 | Men’s Volleyball | Main Gym | 4PM | vs. Brock Badgers
  • Saturday January 21 | Women’s Hockey| Memorial Center | 2:30PM | vs. York Lions

Lost your pass? Contact KFL&A Public Health, Supporting Healthy Schools at 613-549-1232 or 1-800-267-7875, ext. 1102

Please note: schedules are subject to change.

Pass valid until August 31, 2024.

Free City Transit Pass for Grade 9-12 Students!

kingston transit logoStudents attending Kingston high schools get FREE access to Kingston Transit from Sept. 1st-Aug. 31st.

Students can obtain their bus cards from either the City Hall Pay It Centre or the Cataraqui Centre Guest Services desk by showing either: a) a current timetable and birth certificate, or b) a current high school student photo ID. There is no cost to obtain the initial bus card for new grade 9 students; however, there is a $3 fee for a replacement card and a $3 charge for grade 10-12 students. (Note that children age 14 and under, in kindergarten to grade 8, can also travel free of charge on Kingston transit and do not require a bus pass.)

More About the ActivPass

The ActivPass, spearheaded by Kingston Gets Active, aims to get students active by reducing transportation and financial barriers. The idea behind this free program is to provide children and youth with easy and accessible active opportunities so they can be active on a regular basis. Instead of sitting in front of the screens, kids have a healthier option to get them moving. Many thanks to our partners for helping to make this initiative possible.

Unleash YOUR ActivPass

Grade 9s: Look at all the fun ways there are to use your ActivPass!

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