Insider itinerary: Andrew Kelm of Ahoy Rentals

By Visit Kingston

Andrew Kelm founded Ahoy Rentals, Kingston’s waterfront hub for bike, canoe, kayak, and paddle board rentals, in 1997. Ahoy Rentals offers bike and boat rentals, daily bike tours, and hourly and sunset sailing charters ten minutes from downtown Kingston, on the shore of Lake Ontario. When Andrew is not on the water, you can find him at one of his favourite Kingston locations.   

Here are Andrew’s ten favourite spots, events, and attractions in Kingston:

1. Peter’s Place for breakfast. 


2. Kingston Brew Pub (aka Kingston Brewing Company) for drinks and a bite to eat on the patio. 


3. Cedar Island. My favourite Kingston building, Cathcart Tower, is located on the island.  

4. Sens Café for coffee.  

5. Old Farm Fine Foods for their local produce.  

6. The neighbourhood of Williamsville.  


7. The view from the backside of Fort Henry overlooking the St. Lawrence River.

8. HomeGrown Live Music Festival, an annual music festival in May that supports the Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Lending Library.  

9. CORK Freshwater Sailing Festival, which hosts many sailing regattas throughout the summer.  

10. Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, a museum dedicated to sharing the history of Kingston and the Great Lakes.   

Describe your ideal day in Kingston 

My ideal day in Kingston includes a paddle along the waterfront, a swim in the water, and a drink with friends on a local patio.  


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

Sailin’ Around by John Prine  

Describe Kingston in three words

Local, friendly, relaxed.  


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Visit Ahoy Rentals at 21 Ontario Street, open Monday to Tuesday (10 am to 8 pm), Wednesday (6:30 am to 9 am, 10 am to 8 pm), Thursday to Friday (10 am to 8 pm), and Saturday to Sunday (9 am to 6 pm), to experience Kingston from the water and shoreline.