The winter months bring blankets of snow across Atlantic Canada along with many opportunities for fun and adventure. By making outdoor activities a part of your week, you and your family can see the landscape in a whole new light while having the time of your lives.
But with so many awesome things to do, just where do you start your adventures? Well, we suggest the following:
Tour the FROSTival
From January 16th through February 2nd, you can treat yourself to all that FROSTival Fredericton has to offer. Spanning across three weekends, this festival has over 150 events celebrating the snow, ice, and frosty weather.
On the 17th, 24th, and 31st, families can receive three free kids lift tickets for free with the purchase of one adult lift ticket, then hit the Crabbe Mountain slopes together. On the 18th is the coveted downtown ice sculpture showcase where artists will show off their skills and their amazing works of art.
February 1st brings the exciting opportunity to participate in the winter superhero fun run, held at the Small Craft Aquatic Centre. And that’s just a taste of what this festival will bring, so check out the events and start planning your itinerary.
Run a Dogsled Team
With a trip to Allardville, you can give your whole family a chance to run a dogsled team or simply kick back and enjoy the ride. Choose from their 4km runs, half-day trips, or overnight excursions to customize the experience to suit your family’s needs.
The three hour family adventure is most popular for those with young kids and it includes training on how to handle the dogs and stay safe. Once you choose your package, pack well for the trip, making sure to bundle up, and set out to have the time of your lives.
Skate at the Emera Oval
Ice skating is always a great time for families with kids of all ages. Even the youngest can get on the ice and practice their moves at the Emera Oval. This oval is absolutely gigantic with over three hockey rinks of space to skate around.
Kids under 12 must wear a CSA multi-impact hockey helmet while on the ice, which is given out at the equipment desk. They offer all other gear for rent without a fee as long as you have a government-issued ID on hand.
Experience the Jack Frost Winterfest
February 14th kicks off the largest winter festival to hit Atlantic Canada, the Jack Frost Winterfest in downtown Charlottetown. Running through the 17th, this festival brings a ton of outdoor activities to your doorstep, including:
- Ice and snow slides
- Snowskate park
- Lumberjack games
- Snow yoga
- Fir throwing
There will also be an obstacle course, chill zone, and plenty of indoor activities to help you warm up. The indoor playland will have video games, magic shows, and inflatable games available to help you get warm and prepare for more outdoor fun.
Go on a Charming Sleigh Ride
Perhaps nothing is more magical than an enchanting sleigh ride through the winter wonderland at Lester’s Farm Chalet. They have both public and private rides running all day through the winter, even on Valentine’s Day.
The sleigh ride lasts about 30 minutes, giving you a chance to take in the beautiful scenery and the magic of the moment. Then, you will head over to the barn to warm up with hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies. You will also have a chance to reward the horses for their hard work by giving them special treats and gentle rubs on the nose.
Sled Down the Hills at Bowring Park
All winter long, Bowring Park is the place to go for snowshoeing and skiing. But it is the sledding that draws the largest crowds of people looking for fun outdoor activities for kids and adults.
At this park, you have two hills to choose from for your sledding adventures. As it is quite steep, the short one is a brief, yet exhilarating, ride to the bottom, while the longer one allows you to take it a bit slower. Either way, bring your own toboggan as rentals are unavailable.
These outdoor winter activities in Atlantic Canada are just the start of the fun to be had in this region. You will undoubtedly come across many more on your travels, so get your RV ready and head out to have a great time. If you want to keep the fun going even further, take a peek at our list of winter activities in Alberta and set your sights on what the other provinces have to offer.