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Physical Activities – On Campus Options

The Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC)
All full-time students are members of the Queen’s Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC). It is located on Earl Street between University and Division Streets (directly north of the JDUC) and is the main centre of recreation for Queen’s students. It is a portion of the Queen’s Centre.   The ARC has an indoor swimming pool with diving boards, gyms, squash courts, aerobics classes and various workout equipment. The workout rooms are open during the hours of the centre. Certain hours are designated for recreational swimming and free gym times; see the Queen’s Athletics website or call 613-533-2500.

From early September until December holidays and from early January until late April:

Monday to Thursday 6:00am to 12:30am
Friday 6:00am to 10:30pm
Saturday  8:00am to 10:30pm
Sunday 9:00am to 12:30am

The ARC may be closed or have reduced hours  for  during holidays. Check with them for details.
How do I use the ARC?
Students must swipe their student card through a card reading machine upon entering the ARC. Other members must use a membership card.
Facilities and Services
Queen’s University offers a number of recreational clubs which any member of the Queen’s community may join. These are great opportunities to be active and to meet other members of the Queen’s Community.

There are also many intramural sports, which include competitive and non-competitive leagues within the university. Their purpose is to provide opportunities for participation and fun in athletics. There are mens, womens and co-ed (mixed) leagues.

Queen’s has a large number of interuniversity or varsity sports teams. These teams have a high level of competition with other universities in Ontario and Canada.   Tryouts are usually mandatory and membership is a serious commitment. You can meet the team representatives in early September at Athletic Information Night (time and date avaiable from the ARC).
Fitness Instruction
Queen’s Athletics provides a range of fitness and wellness programs.   There is an opportunity to try out these classed at no cost during their “Free For All” weeks in  January, May, and September.
How can I join recreation programs at Queen’s?
Some programs are open to everyone in Kingston and surrounding communities with no membership fees. See Queen’s Intramurals and Recreation for more details. Registration for all ARC programs usually begins in August for fall programs and November for winter programs.

There are also summer programs which are open to the public including sports camps for children. Most programs have a registration fee. Program costs vary.

Most programs (except children’s programs) have a minimum age of 18 years. Many courses are offered at both beginner and advanced levels.
Recreational Clubs at Queen’s
There are numerous recreation-focused clubs at Queen’s. They cover a very wide range of activities from sailing and horse-back riding to climbing and camping. These clubs often have a nominal participant fee and are open only to students and staff of Queen’s University. You can find out about all the recreation-focused clubs by visiting the Queen’s Athletics Recreation webpage.
Off Campus Options

Running, Biking and In-line Skating
There are many beautiful places to run, bike or in-line skate in Kingston. A paved waterfront trail runs through the park to the south of Queen’s main campus and is used by many people for running and in-line skating.

Recommended running routes are also noted by the Running Room, a local store for runners.
Camping, Hiking or Walking
There is no better way to enjoy Canada’s beautiful outdoors than an overnight or weekend camping trip. You need a vehicle to get to most conservation areas or provincial parks. Outdoors stores will sell or rent equipment and they are also a good place to look for more information on nearby campsites. Conservation Areas usually offer hiking trails but no overnight camping sites. You can camp at many Provincial and National Parks which also have hiking trails, beaches, lakes and rivers for canoeing, and areas of natural interest.

In the summer you will usually need to call ahead to camp offices to book campsites. A fee is required to park and camp at most of these places. National and Provincial parks are marked on Ontario road maps.

The Queen’s Outdoors Club can be a good resource.

Nearby Conservation Areas include:

  • Lemoine’s Point: Follow King Street west for 15 minutes by car.
  • Cataraqui Conservation Authority: Follow Division Street until just north of the 401 then turn left at the sign
  • Gould Lake: About 50 minutes north of Kingston by car. It can be found on any area map.

Entertainment (Close to Campus)

Performing Arts
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts  613-533-2424  390 King Street West
“The Isabel” will offer a mix of professional and student musical performances

Grand Theatre – 613-530-2050 218 Princess Street
Concert hall hosting live theatre, concerts and other performances
Art Galleries
Agnes Etherington Art Centre  – 613-533-2190 36 University Avenue (at Bader Lane)
Students and children FREE.
FREE admission for all on Thursdays and holiday Mondays

Union Gallery – 613-533-3171 101 Union Street (at University Ave.) 1st floor, Stauffer Library.
Free admission to everyone
Cinemas and Movies
The Screening Room – 613-542-6080 120 Princess Street
For independent and foreign films

Classic Video – 613-542-3900 40 Clarence Street
Movie rentals with extensive independent, classic and foreign film collection
Hockey Games
The Kingston Frontenacs   – 613-542-4042 1 Barrack Street
Local professional hockey team (In Canada, “ice” is assumed.)
More Resources
Kingstonist – A locally-based website including events and discussion of issues related to life in Kingston

Further Questions?
If you have further questions, after reviewing the information above, advising is available (without an appointment) from the International Student Advisors at the Queen’s University International Centre from Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.

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