A place for advising Kingston residents about making the most of Kingston's waterfront
You live in Kingston. You're aware of the water, but you don't feel a connection to it. You sense you're missing out.
Surely there must be economical waterfront options for you. Discuss.
Enjoying your waterfront from shore
Kingston's waterfront has a lot to offer, and you don't need access to a boat to be connected to the water.
topic: "Ride The Wolfe Island Ferry"
- See our Wolfe Island Ferry page.
- The Wolfe Island Ferry is free for cars and pedestrians. You may leave the car in the (free) ferry park lot on the Kingston-side because you can do a lot on foot upon arrival in Marysville.
- It's about a 20-minute ride each way.
- It's a great crossing, leaning on the railing on the upper deck.
- Bring a sweater if it's windy. A hat and sunglasses are a good idea too!
- See Kingston Harbour, Fort Henry, Cedar Island, the Alexander Henry in the Marine Museum drydock, and others.
- Come right back, or catch the following ferry back about an hour later.
- Option: explore Marysville, located right at the (summer) ferry dock, visit its general store, or have an ice cream cone, or stop for a meal at the Island Grill.
- Option: Wolfe Island Bicycle Routes
- All told, this is a great way to get on water and see the waterfront.
- All this (except for food and souvenirs) is free.
Get involved as a volunteer!
Many waterfront upcoming events need volunteers.
- Volunteering is a great way to get yourself out on the water.
- It's also a great way to meet great people. Volunteers are givers.
- Volunteer for CORK which runs intensively through most of August but also all summer long.
Most of Kingston's oustanding waterfront clubs offer:
- Reasonably-priced introductions and courses for adults and children
- Typically these are open to non-members.
- Book these early in the Spring because they are often sold-out.
- This typically comes with new-membership discounts that encourage course-taking non-members to join.
The majority of sailors, rowers, and powerboaters got their start because someone took them out on the water. Consider simply asking someone to take you out. It works!
- We have many marinas in the region serving boaters who collectively own thousands of boats.
- Each one of those boats requires yearly maintenance, which comes from elbow-grease.
- Many of these boats require more than one person to operate, and many don't leave the dock for lack of crew.
- Therefore it never hurts to ask, especially it that comes with an offer or willingness to help with chores, or help with crewing.
- It doesn't hurt to have proper clothing, soft-soled shoes, a lifejacket, snacks, and beverages when attempting to get yourself invited.
Get involved because it's a Good Thing
The reason Kingston's waterfront is fundamentally ruined is because citizens in the past allowed that to happen.
- If something doesn't seem right, speak up.
- If a proposed waterfront development doesn't sit right with you, speak up.
- If a waterfront park isn't being maintained the way you'd like, call the City and complain about it.
- See trash washed-up on the shore? Pick it up.
- Encourage others to do likewise.
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( Topic last updated: 2007.12.11 11:08:03 AM )