Yesterday I was out and about running various errands in the township. This meant getting into my hot car followed by getting out 5 minutes later (just as the AC was starting to do its thing) to the punch in the face heat as I walk across a parking lot to get to my destination. When the automatic doors swung open, I would breathe a collective sigh of relief with other customers doing the same as I welcomed the icy chill of whichever store I was visiting.
Over the years, Harvey and I have become experts on where to go downtown to cool off on a hot summer day. We’ve come to know who has the coolest AC and which establishments welcome lingerers. Aside from a dip in the lake once or twice a day during these hot weeks of July, we spend unusual amounts of time wandering the aisles of the grocery store. (Side note: the loss of our downtown Indigo is a real blow to this whole practice.) We have also paid close attention to KFL&A’s map of places where we can cool down without having to make any kind of financial commitment.
Seeing as we’re now in the throes of a heatwave, this week’s poll asks:
Where do you go to cool off on a hot summer day?
- A pool or splash pad (29%, 37 Votes)
- Nowhere, I have AC (18%, 23 Votes)
- Work (15%, 19 Votes)
- The Library (13%, 17 Votes)
- The mall or other store(s) (10%, 13 Votes)
- Lake Ontario (9%, 11 Votes)
- A café or other restaurant (4%, 5 Votes)
- The movies (2%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 128
Kingston is a pretty friendly place when it comes to finding space to cool off. Many of our cafés will allow customers to hang out for hours on end and of course, we have our wonderful libraries. The addition of The Leo LaFleur pool and the newly renovated Lake Ontario Park will certainly get good use this summer. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more moves to establishing a more accessible waterfront in the coming years. For now, Harvey and I get out our water shoes and brave the rocky shores of Richardson “Beach”. Whatever it is you do, stay cool and stay hydrated. For more information on dealing with the heat, you can check out the City of Kingston website where KFL&A has posted various tips and recommendations.