Insider Itineraries: Scott Chadwick of Team McDonald

By Visit Kingston

Scott Chadwick, Lead for Team McDonald represents Kingston on the World Curling Tour, Sportsnet Grand Slam Series, and TSN Season of Champions. We asked Scott to hand-pick ten of his favourite Kingston experiences that make for a great adventure for visitors and locals alike.

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2. Cataraqui Golf and Country Club // 961 King Street West

My first favourite thing is the beautiful Cataraqui Golf and Country Club.  Whether you are playing the Stanley Thompson course, enjoying the clubhouse and restaurant or throwing rocks on one of the premier ice surfaces in the province, it is a warm and welcoming environment.

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2. Queen’s University

The energy, innovation and spirit that Queen’s University provides.  From world-class programs and a beautiful, historic campus, the university delivers as one of the best institutions in the country.

3. Taking a stroll through Downtown Kingston

It’s always so peaceful taking a walk through downtown. The historic buildings and market square add a charm to the city that transports you back in time.  Just find a patio and grab a beer or coffee and spend the afternoon people watching.

4. The Kingston Waterfront

Kingston is home to one of Ontario’s best waterfronts.  Whether you are walking around Confederation Park, laying on the beach at Gord Downie Pier, swimming at Lake Ontario Park, or walking your dog at Lemoine’s Point there is something for everyone.  Kingston is also located at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River and the gateway to the thousand islands.

5. Kingston’s Live Music Scene

Kingston has an amazing live music scene where bands such as The Tragically Hip, The Headstones and The Glorious Sons cut their teeth.  You can’t beat listening to Smitty at The Brass or seeing what band is taking the stage at The Merchant or The Mansion.

6. Kingston as a Host City for Sport Events

Kingston is a premier host city for sporting events.  From the ’76 summer Olympics sailing to the upcoming 2020 Tim Hortons Brier, the city is a destination for world-class events.  Remember to get your tickets for the upcoming Brier as the best curlers in the world take over the city February 29th to March 8th.

7. Outdoor Skating Rinks

There’s nothing like picking up a game of shinny at one of the several outdoor skating rinks sprinkled around the city.  Or take your partner for a date night skate around the Market Square ice rink under the glow of the giant Christmas Tree.

8. Kingston’s Culinary Scene

Kingston is home to a wide variety of amazing restaurants and bars.  Take the Wolfe Island Ferry over to the Wolfe Island Grill and enjoy dinner on the patio as the sun sets over the city’s skyline or enjoy an intimate setting at Bayview Farm Restaurant.

Fun Fact: Bayview Farm Restaurant is one of the many farm-to-table eateries in Kingston where almost all ingredients are sourced from local farms in the area. Check out Ontario Culinary Alliance for certified Feast On restaurants.

9. A Picnic at Kingston Mills Locks

Pack a picnic and head to Kingston Mills Locks and watch the boats travel through the locks.  If you are looking for more of an adventure grab a boat and take a cruise up the Rideau Canal.

10. Kingston’s Rich History

The city is surrounded with history. The historic limestone buildings are a memory of the times of Sir John A MacDonald and the initial Capital of the country. The city is guarded by Fort Henry and downtown is dotted with the Martello towers. The history of RMC and Queen’s University is also prevalent.

Describe Kingston in 3 words:

Historic, Friendly, Progressive

If Kingston had a theme song, what would it be?

Going to have to go with Hips last song played live; Ahead by a Century