Outdoors

Lemoine Point Conservation Area is an adventure for every season and just waiting to be explored. Bordered by Lake Ontario and Collins Bay, Lemoine Point is an array of forest, field and marsh with a spectacular waterfront.



Owned and operated by the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, the main goal is to maintain a balance between the protection of the natural environment and recreational uses of the area. With care and respect, Lemoine Point is home to ‘friends’ who volunteer their time to undertake activities to promote public awareness and enjoyment. And indeed it is, Lemoine Point is an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts. With a slew of seasonal activities, there has been a great-sustained effort to nurture this wilderness and appreciate the rugged landscape that comes with it.

Oddly enough, within city limits, Lemoine Point is the perfect gateway from the city. Away from the hustle and bustle of people in a hurry, there is a sense of tranquility to the landscape. Nature comes to life with each step you take. All year round, this area exhibits unique features such as vegetation, sounds and animals. Colours are constantly changing with the seasons, making it a photographer’s paradise. With scenic lookout points, there are endless opportunities for wildlife viewing and nature appreciation of wildflowers, butterflies and birds, which are most popular during the summer at Lemoine Point.


It is hard to believe that this little oasis is accessible to those of all ages. From young couples walking hand in hand, children laughing profusely to old loves, Lemoine Point is home to making sweet memories. With 11 kilometers of trails, there is no need to feel crowded. Whatever the season, people brave the weather for the myriad of hiking and cross-country trails available along with designated bike paths.

Benches are spread through out the conservation to rest, enjoy the view or a good book. Friendly smiles are of the norm and expect to strike up a conversation with fellow passerby and dog walkers.

Free to use, easy to get to and plenty of parking space, Lemoine Point is a wonderful spot for a day trip with friends and family. Conveniently located next to Rotary Park, play structures, swings and barbecues can be found along with a baseball diamond and a dog park. Picnic and ball anyone?

Don’t forget to pack a bathing suit and a towel when visiting in the summer, as you can end your day with a refreshing dip in Lake Ontario on a stoned beach located at the north end of the conservation area.

Promoting a healthy lifestyle and picturesque scenery, Lemoine Point visitors can enjoy lovely foliage in the fall, white-tailed deer sightings with the first snow fall, fresh flowers blooming in the spring and paddlers gliding by on Lake Ontario under the summer sun.



Fun tidbit:

Make sure to pack a camera and bird seeds as some of Bambi’s friends may just come out to say hi and feed right out of your hand. Squirrels, chipmunks, chickadees even woodpeckers, expect the unexpected at Lemoine Point Conservation Area.

Respect, project and enjoy!

More information:

Accessible via two entrances | Front Road & Bath Road
www.cataraquiregion.on.ca

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One of my favourite things about Kingston is the ability to be active and enjoy the outdoors all year round.  When the sun sets so early during the winter months it can be difficult to get the fresh air and Vitamin D that we enjoy in the summer.

After lamenting over the short winter days a friend and I met up at Springer Market Square over lunch to catch up after the holidays and get some fresh air. Having a free community rink downtown is a great excuse to get out and be active. We brought along some hot chocolate to enjoy during the Zamboni breaks.



Springer Market Square is the largest rink but Kingston also boasts free skating at two downtown parks.

McBurney Park, located at Ordnance and Clergy, has a hockey rink in addition to a recreational rink for those a little intimidated by flying pucks. The recreational rink (no hockey allowed) is a bit tiny but it’s big enough to get some exercise if you live close by.

If you’re itching to play some “shinny” just head on over – there are usually plenty of players to join in with. The McBurney Park Neighbourhood Association  has done a great job improving the park – the rinks recently gained new floodlights through the group’s efforts. I’m looking forward to seeing the rinks in full swing when the City begins flooding them.

Victoria Park, located closer to Queen’s University at Brock and Frontenac (not located on Victoria Street funnily enough!), is “shinny” central with two hockey rinks plus a large skating-only track circling the rinks – the best of both worlds! Both Victoria Park and McBurney Park have their own heated changing huts to change into your skates – adding a bit of luxury to your skating experience.

Springer Market Square, however, is the most luxurious rink in town with hourly Zamboni service, nearby washrooms and (only during Feb Fest) Beavertails – which are admittedly my favourite part of Feb Fest. This year Feb Fest will be February 6th to 9th 2014 and includes live music, ice sculptures, figure skating, and a number of hockey games. Skate rentals are available during Feb Fest right at the Square and at other times they’re available at Trailhead (262 Princess Street).



If you didn’t plan ahead and bring a thermos of hot chocolate, both Sipps and Coffeeco are located right on the Square. If you’re looking for a more upscale experience Olivea and Casa Domineco are both ideal places to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the skaters go by (the arrabiata at Casa is highly recommended if you don’t mind a little spice). My friends and I ended our skating expedition with lunch at the Tir Na Nog – an Irish pub overlooking the Square. The steak and mushroom boxty was the perfect “apres” meal. Though the days are short the sunshine seems to last a little longer when you get to enjoy the fresh air in historic downtown Kingston.
 
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When you walk along King Street’s waterfront on a beautiful summer day, you will see a crowd of summer-loving beachgoers of all ages shaking out their towels, jumping into Lake Ontario, holding their toddler’s hands as they wade and splash into the shallow pebble beach; friends digging into their box lunches from Juniper Cafe (it’s just around the corner) or walking hand-in-hand over the pedestrian bridge towards Gord Edgar Downie Pier. It’s a sight that truly encompasses the spirit of summer in a city that values its access to Lake Ontario.


Today, Breakwater Park can be used by just about anyone for anything. There are grassy hills to enjoy a picnic, lots of sand for the full beach experience, a pier to make cannonballs off of over and over again as well as a shallow area perfect for young kids who might still need water wings. If you’re not much of a swimmer but like long walks or like to walk your dog with a view, you can do that here with the soothing sound of the waves crashing on the rocks in the background. It’s exactly what Kingston needs. A place for everyone to enjoy — from parasailers to sunbathers and everything in between.


In 2017, the “Great Lakes Challenge” encouraged communities to restore the lakes and that led to a $500,000 donation from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation to the Gord Edgar Downie Pier (located across the pedestrian bridge.) Once this donation was made, further funding from the City of Kingston and the provincial and federal governments helped broaden the scope of park improvements. This redevelopment is part of the Kingston Waterfront Master Plan and puts Kingston on the map as Canada’s first urban natural swimming pier.


If you’re wondering how the pier earned its name, The Tragically Hip’s late lead singer, Gord Downie, lived across from the original pier and was a board member and Swim Drink Fish ambassador. Swim Drink Fish is an organization that strives to sustain swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for everyone. They educate to empower people to safeguard their waters. Their efforts through Lake Ontario Waterkeeper launched in June 2001.  Sixteen years later once the Breakwater Park project was underway, Kingston City Council voted unanimously to name the renovated dock after Downie. The name “Edgar” was included in the naming of the pier to honour Downie’s father. His brother, Patrick, explained to reporters that it was a fitting tribute and that the park “has been the backdrop of our entire family life and the one constant through the good times and the bad. When we think of home, this beautiful piece of shoreline is what we think of.”


Thanks to all of the incredible efforts in restoring this site and making it a leader in swimmable, drinkable, fishable water, restoration, this shoreline will continue to be the backdrop to amazing memories for Kingstonians and visitors for years to come. 

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Kingston is special for many reasons: its beautiful waterfront, great food scene, and the warm and friendly people that live here. But another thing that makes Kingston so great is its quick access to rural land — it’s the perfect mixture of city, small town, and country. And that means there are three corn mazes within a 20 minute trip from town.

A corn maze tour is just some good old-fashioned fun that can be shared with family and friends while checking out other things the farmers have to offer — fresh produce, farm animals, and wagon rides! Build it into an overnight visit to town and get a well-rounded view of the limestone city with a few good meals and a trip to a farm.

Learn about the three corn mazes Kingston has to offer below:


Wolfe Island Corn Maze




If you’re traveling from Kingston, a highlight of the Wolfe Island Corn maze is the adventure getting there — on the ferry! A ride on the ferry is always fun for the whole family with views of the island and the beautiful Kingston skyline. Once you arrive at the Island turn right off the ferry and go left on Hwy 95 for 3.2 km. Watch for signs. Once you start making your way through one of the two mazes on site, you’ll reach a refreshment area in the middle called the “Oasis Rest Stop”. They teach visitors about the windmill turbines (Wolfe Island is famously filled with them) in an exhibit as you exit the maze. And that’s not all, farm animals are also on site for a visit.

Prices: Adults (12 and older) – $11.00; Children (5-11 yrs) – $8.00; Children 4 and under – free; Group rates apply to groups of 12 or more – $9.00. Wednesdays are Family Day – Children’s rate applies to all family members.

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to dusk daily. Flashlight nights must be booked in advance.


Learn more about Wolfe Island’s corn maze.


Wynn Farm Corn Maze




Take in the beautiful countryside views while driving west on Bath road towards Bath and you won’t miss Wynn Farms on your right-hand side. Also known for the delicious and plentiful apple orchard, they really bring their A-game when it comes to their intricate corn maze. This year the theme is Out of This World; you will learn what it takes to be an astronaut, travel through our solar system, identify constellations and learn about the blue planet we call home.

Prices: Children 2–12 $6; Adults 13+ $8; UNDER 2 are free (up to a maximum of 2/adult) – Taxes included.

Hours: Open 7 days a week from August 25th – October 28, 2019.



Learn more about Wynn Farm Corn Maze.



Fruition Berry Farm Corn Maze




Located just north of the 401 in Kingston, the Fruition Berry Farm is also known for their fresh produce — they run wagon rides and you can pick your own pumpkins before or after your corn maze tour. Grab the family, hop on a wagon and take home a pumpkin or two to carve!

Prices: Children 4 years and under are free; Children 5–12 $3.50; Adults 13+ $6.50; Family Rate: 2 adults and up to 4 children $20.00; Group rates for groups of 10 or more people $3.50/person.

Hours: Opening Weekend: September 22nd, 2019. 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m; last admission to the maze at 3:00p.m.


Learn more about Fruition Berry Farm’s Corn Maze.

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