25 Things to Do This Summer in Kingston

The ultimate guide to what’s on in Kingston this summer. How many will you cross off?

✓ 1. Get locked up at the Kingston Penitentiary Tours

2. Visit the Agnes Etherington Art Centre!

3. Try Stand Up Paddleboarding or Kayaking!

4. Watch a movie at the digital Drive-In Movie Theatre (they show current movies!)

5. Go to the beach! Grass Creek Park in the East End or Big Sandy Bay Conservation Area on Wolfe Island

+ Jump off the Gord Edgar Downie Pier (if you’re brave enough!)

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Ps. The new pier is amazing

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6. Go for a nature walk at Lemoine Point Conservation Area in the West End, along the K&P Trail or Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area north of the 401

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gotta love this sunset town

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7. Play Beach Volleyball with friends at The Mansion

✓ 8. Try an escape room game at Improbable Escapes

9. Put down Netflix and go to a live theatre show during FoldA Festival of Live Digital Art (June 12-15), The Kick & Push Festival (July 18-Aug. 11), or Storefront Fringe Festival (July 19-27)

10. Go to one of the many FREE events during Skeleton Park Arts Festival on June 19-23!

✓ 11. Bring your lawn chair downtown to watch Movies in the Square on Thursdays at dusk!

Movies in the Square 2019 Lineup

12. Make it over to Fort Henry for one of their Wednesday night Sunset Ceremonies

13. Wake up early and go to Sunday Morning Yoga at Battery Park!

14. Take the FREE ferry to Wolfe Island for lunch 7 days a week at the Wolfe Island Grill, ice cream at Café Tenango, or cinnamon buns from the Wolfe Island Bakery!

15. Go to a Saturday morning Local Chef Cooking Demo at Springer Market Square!

16. Try out Axe Throwing!

17. Go rock climbing at the Boiler Room Climbing Gym and try to make it to the top of the Chimney!

18. Eat local at the Memorial Centre Farmers Market on Sundays 9am-2pm and try FREE Tai Chi at 11:15am!

19. Experience “a mid-day musical interlude” at St. George’s Cathedral at lunchtime on Thursdays 12:15pm-12:50pm – pay what you can!

20. Visit a museum!

21. Go on a cruise of the Thousand Islands

22. Take a Pottery class at Amaranth Stoneware in the West End, or Clay with Linda near downtown!

23. Sign-up for a Thursday night Paddle and Pint kayaking lesson

24. Sign-up to Volunteer for a local organization or event!

✓ 25. Catch the Kingston Buskers Festival in action July 4-7!

Kingston Recycling & Garbage Rules

Moving to a new house in a new city can be challenging – there’s so much you need to do to get set-up and acquainted with your new neighbourhood! Luckily, this guide to Recycling and Garbage has resources to help you find your way!

Moving to a new house in a new city can be challenging – there’s so much you need to do to get set-up and acquainted with your new neighbourhood! Luckily, the City of Kingston’s Students Page has resources to help you find your way! Here’s a quick summary of how Recycling and Garbage work.

Where to get Recycling Boxes & Green Bins

Your first recycling boxes are free – 2 Blue Boxes and 1 Grey Box. You can pick them up from City Hall or the Kingston Area Recycling Centre, Monday to Friday 8am-5pm and Saturdays 8am-4pm.

You also get 1 free Green Bin, which you can pick up from the Kingston Area Recycling Centre if your house doesn’t already have one. Kitchen Containers are like mini-Green Bins. One will be provided for free with your Green Bin.

What the Colours mean

  1. Blue Box: plastic, metal, glass containers, blister packs and Styrofoam.
  2. Grey Box (similar to Black Box in other cities): paper, newspapers and “stretchable plastic bags.” See: how to put out your recycling.
  3. Green Bin: organic waste, food scraps, soiled paper products, yard waste.
  4. Garbage Bag/Can: everything else.
  5. Don’t know which bin? Use the City’s waste look up tool.

What to Put Out & When

  • You can put out 1 garbage bag and your Green Bin every week.
  • Recycling, however, will alternate between the Blue Box and the Grey Box each week. Check your Collection Schedule to see which box to put out on your first week.
  • WHEN? Your Collection Schedule is based on your address. Different streets have different Garbage and Recycling Days, but generally if you look outside you’ll find out whether it’s Blue Box or Grey Box day.
  • Note: If there’s a Monday public holiday (i.e. Family Day, Labour Day, Victoria Day), your Collection will be delayed 1 day. For example, if you usually put your recycling out on Wednesday nights, you’ll now – for the week of the holiday only – put it out on Thursday night.
  • Sign-up for collection schedule reminders, through email, text or Twitter direct message, so you never forget what to put out on which day.
  • Download the FREE “Kingston Waste” app for Android or Apple phones.

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Pro Tips

Kingston is a very windy place, especially if you live close to the water. Prevent your Recycling Boxes from flipping over and blowing litter all over your lawn and your neighbours’ lawn with the following tips:

  1. Place heavier items on the top (i.e. glass bottles/jars in the Blue Box), and lighter items (i.e. plastic containers) on the bottom.
  2. Place a piece of plywood over the box. The collector will flip the piece of plywood off the box, and then empty your recycling.
  3. Put it out at 6am day-of: On days when you know it will be windy, place your recycling box out for collection at or before 6am the morning-of, not overnight.

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What to put in your Blue Box

All items should be cleaned and placed loosely in the Blue Box.

  • Plastic food and beverage containers
  • “Blister” packaging – like the kind they use to package tools or children’s toys.
  • Styrofoam – Maximum 90 cm x 60 cm x 20 cm
  • Aluminum and steel cans – including paper cans with metal ends. Put the lids into the can and pinch shut.
  • Glass food/beverage bottles & jars – but NOT broken glass, drinking glasses or light bulbs.
  • Alcohol containers can be returned to The Beer Store for deposit refund.

For additional info please review the Blue & Grey Box guide.

What NOT to put in your Blue Box

  • Popcorn Styrofoam and coloured/dyed Styrofoam: put it in a Garbage Bag.
  • Place broken glass, drinking glasses or light bulbs into a cardboard box: label it as broken glass and set out beside your garbage. This will not count as a separate garbage item or bag.

What to put in your Grey Box

  • Paper products – including glossy magazines, newspapers, junk mail, telephone books
  • Boxboard — cereal and cracker boxes
  • Milk cartons, juice cartons, juice boxes, paper cups
  • Plastic bags – shopping bags, milk bags, bread bags, any bag that passes the “stretch test
    • Note: Stuff all plastic bags into one bag, so they don’t blow away.
  • Corrugated cardboard – it has a wavy layer in the middle
  • Boxes – should be flattened and cut down to pieces no larger than 3 feet by 2 feet (90 cm x 60 cm x 20 cm). Pieces may be tied together with string in bundles no larger than 3′ x 2′ x 8″.
    • Note: There is a limit of 6 bundles or 6 boxes of cardboard per collection. Pieces may also be placed loosely in a separate recycling box.
  • For additional info please review the blue & grey box guide.

What NOT to put in your Grey Box

  • Wax-coated boxes and soiled pizza boxes: put it in your Green Bin. 
  • If you try to stretch a bag and it doesn’t stretch: put it in a Garbage Bag.

What to put in your Green Bin

  1. Food scraps – if you can eat it, it can go in the Green Bin: fruit, vegetables, coffee grounds, tea bags, meat and bones, bread, pasta, oatmeal, pizza, gravy and sauces, eggs, etc.
    • Note: Grease and fat should be poured into a paper carton (remove plastic spout) and allowed to solidify before going in the green bin.
  2. Soiled paper products: facial tissues, paper towels, greasy pizza boxes, microwavable popcorn bags, paper plates and paper napkins.
  3. Yard Waste: leaves, grass clippings, brush, twigs, flowers and plants; make sure you can close the lid.
    • Note: The City will only collect Yard Waste if it’s inside your Green Bin. They do not collect Yard Waste from yard waste bags or “after-market green bins.” They also do not collect additional bags of Yard Waste set beside the Green Bin.

What NOT to put in your Green Bin

  • Diapers, pet waste, kitty litter, feminine hygiene products, rocks/gravel, disposable duster/Swiffer cloths, soil.

Green Bin Maintenance Tips

  • Make sure the orange lock is firmly in place to help prevent animals and flies from getting in.
  • In the winter, you should line the bottom of the bin with newspaper or a paper bag to prevent waste from freezing to the inside. Read these instructions to make your own liner.
  • Note: Only use paper bags. The City will NOT collect Green Bins that have plastic or biodegradable grocery bags as liners.
  • To help control odour and pests, rinse your green bin periodically. Sprinkle in baking soda or vinegar to absorb/mask odours.
  • If your Green Bin gets maggots, kill them with regular household vinegar.
  • Consider keeping organic waste in a paper bag in your freezer. This helps to cut down on smell and prevent organic waste from sticking to your Green Bin

Garbage Bag/Can

  • You are only allowed 1 bag of garbage per house in the City of Kingston. It doesn’t matter how many people you live with, it’s 1 bag (maximum 44 lbs and 135 L in capacity) per week.
  • If you have additional bags to put out, you need to put a Garbage Bag Tag on it. Additional garbage bags will NOT be picked up, unless they have these tags.
  • Garbage Bag Tags are $2 each, available at City Hall, at the AMS office in the JDUC, and at Drug Smart Pharmacy in the ARC. You can also buy Garbage Bag Tags online, but shipping takes 5-7 business days. It’s a good idea to buy a few at the start of each semester.
  • Note: If you live in an apartment, different rules apply.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas in Kingston

When you think “Man Gifts in Kingston,” are you drawing a blank? We’re here to help. We asked locally-owned Kingston shops for their best gift ideas for $30 & under!

When you think “Man Gifts in Kingston,” are you drawing a blank? We’re here to help.

It’s hard to know where to shop downtown – especially for the Dad who has everything – “Should I get him socks again this year?” – so we asked 5 local shops for their favourite Father’s Day gift ideas.

Take a look at their suggestions below, all for $30 or less (cha-ching!), and then head downtown Kingston this weekend to find a nifty gift for your Pops!

For the Dad who loves cooking

Kingston Olive Oil Company

62 Brock Street  |  (613) 546-5483

Amp up Dad’s cooking game with this gift of a smoked bacon chipotle sea salt, with chipotle infused olive oil and maple balsamic, alongside a smoky spicy beer can chicken rub… Is your mouth watering yet? Only $27.00

Store Hours:

  • Thur – Fri: 10am – 6pm
  • Sat: 9am – 5:30pm
  • Sun: 11am – 4pm

For the Dad who loves vintage

End of the Thread Antiques

201 Princess Street @ Montreal St. |  (613) 548-8778

1. Framed Vintage Advertisements. $30.00
2. Cocktail Shaker. $22.00     3. Log Travel Pillow. $23.00
Animal Head Cocktail Glasses. $30.00 ea
5. Stereoscope Cards (1920-1940). $3.00 ea
6. Barber Shop Toiletries bag. $22.00

Store Hours

  • Fri – Sat: 10am – 6pm.
  • Sun: 11am – 5pm.

For the Dad who loves the outdoors


234 Princess Street  |  (613) 546-5483

Give your Dad’s wardrobe a stylish update with these Kingston summer favourites: Woven Shirts, Polo Shirts, select Men’s Shorts, and Men’s Woven Hats. Shirts come in several colours & patterns, sizes XS to XL. Each item is under $30.

Store Hours:

  • Thu – Fri: 10am – 9pm.
  • Sat: 10am – 6pm.
  • Sun: 12pm – 5pm.

For the Dad who loves camping

A-One Clothing

358 King Street E |  (613) 548-8732

1. Swiss Army knives, starting at $25.00
2. Smart Wool Socks – breathable, cooling, itch-free & blister-free! for hiking or casual. $16.00-$28.00
3. Men’s Sunglasses in a variety of styles. starting at $15.00

Store Hours:

  • Fri: 9:30am – 7pm
  • Sat: 9:30am – 5:30pm
  • Sun: Closed.

For the Dad who loves golfing


229 Princess Street  |  (613) 546-7668

Get 20% Off regular priced items with your Student Card & email sign-up!

1. Heritage Polo’s are 25% Off this weekend. $33.00
2. Business Card Holder. $24.00
Canada Arch Baseball Cap. $24.00

Store Hours

  • Mon-Sat: 10am – 9pm.
  • Sun: 12pm – 5pm.

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