Winter weather continues to hit the City of Kingston and surrounding areas. After a particularly snowy winter storm during the Christmas season, and with what feels like weekly weather statements coming from Environment Canada, Kingstonist inquired with both the City of Kingston and KFL&A Public Health about a list of local warm-up locations in the region in mid-December 2022.
The following information was provided by the City in mid-January, 2023:
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City and Kingston Frontenac Public Library have partnered to provide Warm Up Here locations to the community,” the City said. “These sites provide a place for users to warm up while maintaining physical distance.”
‘Warm Up Here’ locations can be found throughout the city, and are locations where users can step in for immediate relief from the cold. The City said that additional services typical to these sites may not be available.
Current Warm Up Here locations, provided by the City of Kingston
Artillery Park – 382 Bagot St.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
INVISTA Centre – 1350 Gardiners Rd.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Phone: 613-544-4442 ext. 1800
Calvin Park Branch – 88 Wright Crescent
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Isabel Turner Branch – 935 Gardiners Road
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Kingston East Community Centre – 779 Highway 15
Hours: Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Phone: 613-546-4291 x1994
Central Branch – 130 Johnson St.
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Pittsburgh Branch – 80 Gore Road
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rideau Heights Branch – 85 MacCauley St.
Hours: Monday & Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rideau Heights Community Centre – 85 MacCauley St.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (613) 546-4291 ext. 1900
Housing & Social Services – 362 Montreal St.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The City suggests users are encouraged to call ahead to ensure there is capacity at the nearest location and note that public holidays will affect hours of service. For more on dealing with extreme weather, visit the City’s website.
In addition to the above locations, KFL&A Public Health provided the following warm-up locations:
- Lionhearts Warming Centre – 218 Concession St. Kingston.
- Housing Resource Centre – Kingston Housing Services, 342 Patrick St. Kingston.
- Adelaide Emergency Shelter – 38 Cowdy St., Kingston. Open from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. every day until early April.
- St. Mary’s Warming Centre – St. Mary’s Parish Drop-in Centre, 260 Brock St. Kingston.
- Morningstar Mission – 58 Water St. West, Napanee.
“Extreme weather locations are public and private spaces within the KFL&A area where you are welcome to come in and seek shelter during extreme weather events,” Public Health stated. “Please call ahead to confirm hours of operation and if there is capacity.”
The City of Kingston also provided a link to their list of local shelters and drop-in services. View it here.