Kingston is close to an incredible selection of provincial parks, conservation areas, national parks, and historic sites.  The region offers residents and visitors alike easy access to outstanding camping, canoeing, hiking, and swimming all within a short distance from the city. 

Provincial Parks

Ontario has a large and incredibly diverse provincial park system. Run by Ontario Parks, there are parks in all regions of the province. The Kingston area is fortunate to be close to some of the best.

Outdoor enthusiasts are fortunate to have one of Ontario's most rugged parks, Frontenac Provincial Park, a short drive north of Kingston. Camping, canoeing, and hiking is offered in a semi-wilderness location in the scenic Canadian Shield.

Charleston Lake
Camping, hiking, swimming, and fishing are all available at Charleston Lake Provincial Park and it is located approximately half an hour northeast of Kingston.

Sharbot Lake & Silver Lake
Both Sharbot Lake Provincial Park and Silver Lake Provincial Park are great destinations on a warm summer's day as they have excellent beaches. Camping and boating are also available at these popular and nearby parks, located approximately 10 km from each other.

One of Canada's top rated beaches is located at Sandbanks Provincial Park, south-west of Kingston. Sandbanks is home to the largest freshwater sand dune system in the world and offers incredible swimming, camping, and picnicking. 

Bon Echo
Situated on Mazinaw Lake, Bon Echo Provincial Park offers camping, hiking, canoeing, and swimming. It is best known for its ancient native pictographs on its 300' high lakeside cliffs.

National Parks

Parks Canada administers the country's national parks which protect our areas of outstanding natural beauty. Of the five national parks in Ontario, one is actually visible from downtown Kingston. 

St. Lawrence Islands
More than twenty islands between Kingston and Brockville make up the Thousand Islands National Park of Canada, the first national park east of the Rockies. The park is also a key partner in protecting the Frontenac Arch, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Rideau Canal
More than 200 km long, the Rideau Canal runs from Kingston to Ottawa.  It's the oldest operating canal in North America and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

Conservation Areas

The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority operates six conservation areas, two of which are within the Kingston's city limits.  Lemoine Point offers a spectacular waterfront on Lake Ontario with hiking, cycling, and cross-country skiing while Little Cataraqui Creek is known for its hiking, canoeing, skiing, skating, snowshoeing, and active springtime sugar bush.