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The Extra Mile

Wellness & Adventure

Kingston and Frontenac

For many, the spring and summer months didn’t go as planned. And as restrictions continue to lift across the region, we’re all looking for ways to recharge and stay active.

Regardless of the time of year, our area delivers some of the best wellness and active living experiences South Eastern Ontario has to offer. From thrilling adventures in and around the city—cycling, hiking and exploring—to self-care pursuits that help you reconnect with yourself and your loved ones, there’s more than enough to do in your own backyard.

Whether you’re new to the region, or a long-time resident, this guide helps you hit the refresh button by getting outside, enjoying nature and taking advantage of what this beautiful area has to offer.

Here are 11 ways to rejuvenate in Kingston and Frontenac County this Fall and Winter.

With on-going developments regarding the global pandemic, please visit each location’s website, or connect with their staff via email and telephone, for updates on COVID-19 procedures such as guest capacity, sanitization methods and mask requirements.

Frontenac Outfitters Canoe & Kayak Centre

Address: 6674 Bedford Rd. Sydenham, ON
Duration: Plan to spend as little as an hour, a full day or a weekend away.

One of Canada’s largest paddlesports centres offering canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals and sales from spring to late fall. Located 30 minutes north of Kingston and two kilometres from Frontenac Provincial Park, visitors to Frontenac Outfitters are offered the benefit of on-water adventures, hiking through a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and camping in one of Southern Ontario’s best kept secrets.

During the colder months, you’re offered everything hiking- and camping-related including hot tent and snowshoe rentals for winter adventuring. Despite being recognized as a destination for paddlers, Frontenac Outfitters has recently updated their business model, transforming the shop into a four-season shop perfect for winter visits.

Boiler Room Climbing Gym

Address: 4 Cataraqui St. Kingston
Time to set aside: Plan to allocate 1.45 hours per climbing session plus additional time to browse the gear shop; appointments must be booked in advance online or over the phone; drop-ins are not permitted at this time. 

Located in the old Kingston Mill building along Lake Ontario, The Boiler Room is South Eastern Ontario’s premiere indoor climbing gym with locations in Kingston and Belleville. A fantastic option for a spur of the moment activity with the family or a small group of friends in your bubble—the gym only allows 22 climbers inside the facility at this time. 

Suitable for ages 7+ with a variety of climbing options at any skill level. Choose between top roping or bouldering, and the gym also offers youth programs for kids who are eager to develop their climbing skills, while working as a team to boost confidence and encourage social interaction.

The Boiler Room also features a gear shop for climbers who want to take their abilities to the next level with the industry’s top brands. The shop includes training equipment, shoes, belying devices and everything related to climbing.

Frontenac Trail Tours

Address: 14225 Hwy 38 Sharbot Lake
Time to set aside: Offers single day tours on Saturday and Sunday with multi-day tours throughout the week—tours must be booked in advance online or over the phone.  

Go exploring in Kingston and Frontenac County in a unique fashion. Owners of the RockHill B&B, Greg and Arlette Rodgers, in Sharbot Lake offer cycling enthusiasts a way to satisfy their taste for adventure while providing a complete outdoor experience. Packages not only include the biking tours but accommodations and culinary delights—from meals prepared by local chefs to wine tours and flights from the region’s notable craft breweries. 

Cycling tours run through the summer months and into the fall, while the colder months include snowshoeing, fatbikes, snowmobile and ATV rallies for a year-round experience. 

Fruition Berry Farm

Address: 3208 Hughes Rd. Kingston
Duration: 1hr–2hr 

Get out of the house for a couple of hours with the kids and enjoy the fresh air. The perfect outing with the family, Fruition Berry Farms allows you to pick fresh fruit and vegetables from their farm, while offering a fun corn maze for the kids (and adults who are young at heart). Once they’re in season, you’re able to take a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to find that perfect jack o’lantern for Halloween.  

The farm is open to the public on the weekends with seasonal produce available to pick based on availability. Given the seasonality of their goods and variables surrounding farming, guests are required to check the website in advance to learn what’s available.

Improbable Escapes

Address: 303 Bagot St. Kingston
Duration: 1hr+ depending on the puzzle selected by your group. 

Exercise your brain power, build team skills and enjoy the adventure as you solve puzzles and try to escape the improbable. Open seven days a week, Improbable Escapes provides virtual escape rooms, outdoor adventures and in-person games that are perfect for family, friends and team members. Choose from a variety of intense, interactive puzzles that will stimulate your mind in a fun and unique environment. 

In-person games and escape rooms are booked in advance and facilitated as a private group to ensure maximum safety and comfort. 

Kingston Bike Tours

Address: 5 Brock St. Kingston—physical location is currently closed to the public.
Duration: 2hrs+ depending on the tour you select. 

Explore the history of Kingston on a leisurely bike tour through the city. Kingston Bike Tours provides guests with a chance to get active while learning about local landmarks and the distinct qualities of Kingston. Tours are approximately 12-kilometres in length and run into the fall as weather conditions permit. 

Reservations must be made in advance, and participants are not required to bring their own bike and helmet. However, discounts are available to those with their own equipment. 

Samatva Yoga

Address: 397 Princess St. | 836 Gardiners Rd. Kingston
Duration: Varies depending on service selected

Samatva Yoga is one of Kingston’s top yoga studios offering a variety of yoga practices including hot, Hatha, suspension and Ashtanga sessions. From indoor and outdoor practices to virtual sessions online, Samatva delivers peace of mind for beginners and experienced yogis alike. 

Drop-ins are welcome with their outdoor sessions continuing to run as weather permits. And for those hesitant to join group practices, virtual routines are a great option at only $8 each—visit the website to discover what practice suits you best. Namaste. 

Polished Spa Services Esthetics 

Address: 1080 Brown’s Lane, Ardoch 
Duration: 1hr–4hrs depending on service. 

Polished Spa overlooks beautiful Pine Lake in Ardoch to offer a unique spa experience unlike anything you’ll find in the city. Located in North Frontenac, Polished Spa features wilderness views and a full range of comforting services to leave you renewed and refreshed. Enjoy a hot stone or aromatherapy massage (women only); boost circulation and reduce stress with focused reflexology; and feel silky smooth after a variety of waxing and facial services. 

Host Holly Labow brings over 14-years of spa and esthetic experience to your wellness along with a background as a Certified Health Care Aide. Book your appointment in advance over the phone, through Facebook or by email. 

Rejuve-Nation Wellness Experts

Address: 772 Princess St. Kingston
Duration: 1hr–2hrs depending on service. 

A recent addition to Kingston’s wellness and active living offerings, Rejuve-Nation includes crossfit, flotation-rest, nutrition coaching, as well as chiropractic and orthotic services. Owners, Paul and Angela Given, combine to bring over 25-years of holistic health and movement experience to athletes and those seeking a better quality of life. 

Guests to Rejuve-Nation receive expert advice while taking advantage of a state-of-the-art facility featuring the industry’s best equipment. Appointments must be booked in advance by phone or email. 

The Refinery Spa + Social House 

Address: 327 St. E. Kingston
Duration: 1hr+ depending on service or event booking

The ultimate spot to get pampered or unwind after a long work week. The Refinery Spa and Social House is a modern spa that takes relaxation to the next level with gorgeous views of the city and modern amenities. Celebrate life and treat yourself or a small bubble of friends to a higher quality of life. 

Packages are available along with single services by appointment—visit the website to discover more.

Wolfe Island

Address: 1000 Islands
Duration: Half-day, full-day or extended stays depending on activities. 

Wolfe Island is located a short ferry ride away from Kingston where Lake Ontario ends and the renowned St. Lawrence River begins. The largest of the 1000 Islands, Wolfe Island offers an array of outdoor activities and adventures—from hiking or biking along the waterfront to enjoying a day on Big Sandy Beach or getting your line wet and hooking into the one that got away.

During the Fall, catch views of the myriad of bird species and get lost with kids as you find your way through the Wolfe Island Farm corn maze. Celebrate winter during the annual Chili Fest and go skating at the Wolfe Island Community Centre or around the bay of the village.

The ferry ride to the Island is free with a convenient schedule for travels coming and going. Please respect social distancing measures and respect Island residents and businesses as they navigate the challenges of COVID-19.

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