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  • 38 References 25 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Scottish Gaelic, Sign Language - American, Spanish
  • 32, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • I work with sugar and flour a lot
  • BA in Psych
  • From Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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About Me

Philosophy: Be curious & explore. Don't forget to make good food.
Also, I'm currently learning to photograph strangers. If you want to be apart of my photo series, I'd love to take your photo. You can check out my instagram if you like www.instagram.com/theuglyumbrella .

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I like learning about other people, and hearing perspectives and experiences different from my own.
I am also happy to share what I can, when I can.


I glean pleasure from the arts, crafting, cooking, listening to audiobooks & podcasts, making ice cream, I like getting outside but I don't go hiking or camping nearly as much as I'd like, people interest me - I like to hear about different folks, biking is great and I'll talk photography any day to anyone.

I'll take recommendations on any of the above & definitely bring some music suggestions please!

  • arts
  • photography
  • potluck
  • podcasts
  • hiking
  • camping
  • lakes
  • biking
  • radio
  • oddities

Music, Movies, and Books

I usually prefer docs and non-fiction but love to be wooed into 'reading' *cough, couch listening to* a good fiction too.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I really enjoyed experiencing the midnight sun up north as well as a brief glimpse of the northern lights. Also, I fell out of a plane once and am convinced I had a 5sec heart attack on the way down.

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm renaming this section...

"Rachael's Personal Suggestions for Things to Do In & Around Kingston"

Event Calendar
>> This calendar doesn't list all the events happening in Kingston but it does a pretty good job

Wolfe Island
>> Grab the free ferry from downtown, rent a bike on the island & explore a bit, go to Big Sandy Bay (the beach). Or if you have limited time, just take the ferry there and ride it back for a short but beautiful scenic ride.

Prison Museum
>>An interesting place to learn about Kingston's history as the Prison Capital of Canada & *spoiler* there's a section on prisoner escapes!

The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning
>>If you're into the arts this is a good place to visit, you can also get some locally sourced lunch here.

The Isabel Bader Centre
>>Right next door to the Tett, you might be able to catch a show too if that's your thing.

Ahoy Rentals
>>Right off the water and close to downtown you can rent bikes, SUP boards, Kayaks or Canoes.

Music, Food & Drink downtown & around:

Musiikki Cafe < small, charming, live music, eclectic & artsy > www.musiikkicafe.com
The Red House < think wood & lumberjacks + an amazing & ever changing menu > www.redhousedowntown.ca
Stone City Ales < craft beer meets foodie menu > https://stonecityales.com
The Elm Café < quaint, artsy + healthy food > www.theelmcafe.com
The Small Batch https://www.facebook.com/smallbatchcafe/
Northside < Australian inspired brunch & lunch spot > https://www.northsideespressoandkitchen.com/
The Thai House < my go to Thai joint, duck curry & other food > http://kingston.thaihousecuisine.com/
Wok-In < this hole-in-the-wall seems dodgy but it's delicious as hell + cheap & big > http://www.menusite.ca/kingston/on/wok-in-restaurant

Nature in the City
Marshlands Conservation Area
Lemoine Point Conservation Area
Again - Wolfe Island

1000 Islands Tours Kingston
>>Kingston's standard tour trolly, cruises and

Kingston's Tourism Guide + Surrounding Area

Got a car?? >> Parks near by for Camping & Hiking

K&P Trail < great trail for a small bike trip, hike, or xc ski > http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/view/kp-trail

Frontenac < great backcountry camping and canoeing > www.ontarioparks.com/park/frontenac

Charleston Lake < great place for camping, canoeing & hiking > https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/charlestonlake

Gould Lake < hiking, swimming, watch out for Poison Ivy > https://crca.ca/conservation-lands/conservation-areas/gould-lake-conservation-area/

Thousand Islands Paddling Trail < a paddling trail through the islands > www.frontenacarchbiosphere.ca/explore/fab-trails/paddle/thousand-islands-paddling-trail

That's all I got for now, if you're really into stuff to do that's not listed here, shoot me a message and I'll tell you what I know!

What I Can Share with Hosts

A couch that fits 5'7'' folk exactly.
The occasional potluck.
My personalized layout of things to do or see in Kingston.
Or maybe just some good company.

**I work very early so I prefer to host on my days off.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Israel, Netherlands, Palestine, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In


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