The cold, long days of winter does not stop people from having loads of fun on Prince Edward Island. Snow laden red cliffs and sandy beaches add to the beauty of PEI as fun continues around the island. Here are just 30 fun activities to do this winter in PEI.
1. WinterLove PEI
WinterLove PEIis known by the locals as one part festival and one part philosophy that becomes a celebration of the magical season, which brings us activities that are pretty much guaranteed to make you fall in love with winter. You can have fun with your family learning Speed Skating 101, going night tubing at the Brookvale Provincial Ski Park, going outdoor disco skating at the Founders’ Hall, and much more.
Various locations across PEI.
WinterDine is Downtown Charlottetown’s dining festival and this year there are 20 participating restaurants across downtown. Each location will have a 3-course meal for 30 or $40, depending on the restaurant and items offered from their menu. So, give your taste buds a treat and spend an evening sampling some of Charlottetown’s best cuisine.
January 16– February 9
Various Restaurants throughout Charlottetown
3. Music Week on the Island
The Island’s music week runs throughout the first week of WinterDine, so you can combine fantastic local music with fine winter dining. The week culminates with the PEI Music Awards Gala, where the best and brightest local artists are celebrated for their achievements.
February 5th to 9th, 2020
Various Venues throughout Charlottetown
4. Jack Frost Winterfest
Celebrate the winter and have lots of family fun at the Jack Frost Winterfest. There will be three venues downtown where kids of all ages can have a blast. A weekend pass provides entrance to all three venues, which are the Eastlink Outdoor Snow Kingdom, the Indoor Playland at the Eastlink Centre, and the Live Family Stage.
Feb 14 – 17, 2020
5. Summerside Legion Kitchen PartyEach week on Saturday at 2pm to 5pm, you can head to the Summerside Legion Kitchen for fun and live music. There will be a different guest singer every Saturday.
Saturday at 2pm to 5pm, until November 2020
340 Notre Dame St, Summerside
6. Mill River Resort
Even when the snow starts falling, Mill River Resort hosts a variety of fun family activities and events, which include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, outdoor skating rink and a an epic tubing hill.
Gather round the family and make it a weekend of fun with a stay at Atlantic Canada’s 4-season resort.
180 Mill River Resort Road, Route 136, Woodstock
Adult Day Pass – $7.00
Day Pass – $5.00
Tubing Hill – $5.00
Skating Rink – $5.00
Stay Packages also available.
7. Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park
Hit the slopes and have a weekend of family fun at the Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park. There are fun activities for people of all ages and skill levels. You can enjoy snowshoeing, snowboarding, cross-country and alpine skiing at this popular ski park.
8. Stratford Sunday Night CeilidhEnjoy an evening of fun and music with your friends on the second Sunday of each month at one of PEI’s longest continued ceilidhs. The Stratford Ceilidhs take place at the R.L. Cotton Centre, where local musicians perform.
Until December, 2020
57 Bunbury Rd, Stratford
9. Enjoy a performance at the Confederation Centre
Enjoy a variety of heritage and arts programming from artists around world at Charlottetown’s Confederation Centre. The Confederation on Centre of the Arts experiences do not stop during winter. There are always shows to watch in one of the five theatres and the art gallery to explore. The building covers an entire city block, so there is a lot to see and do inside on a snow day.
10. Go snowmobiling across PEI
If you have a winter ‘Need for Speed’, then snowmobiling across the beautifully groomed Confederation Trail is the perfect activity for you. The Confederation Trail stretches 435 kilometres, so it goes from one end of the Island to the other and traces what once was the Prince Edward Island railway route. You can buy a ‘Trail Permit’ at various locations on the Island.
3-Day Permits $75 for three consecutive days
11. Winter Woodlot Tour
The Winter Woodlot Tour is intended to give both visitors and Islanders a taste of what forests can do for us. It is going to be a day packed with family fun, including snowshoeing, sleigh rides, and much more. When you are finished having fun outside, you can warm up with free hot cider.
February 8, 2020 (Storm date: Feb 22, 2020) | 9 AM-1:30 PM
Bluefield High School -924 Colville Road (Rte 9) Hampshire
12. Go on a Sleigh Ride
Enjoy winter with a sleigh ride! Located in Mount Herbert, located five minutes outside of Charlottetown Great Northern Adventuresprovides sleigh rides by appointment day or evening and enjoy a sleigh or wagon ride. Children can experience a pony ride or just walk through the petting pen.
924 Fort Augustus Rd, Charlottetown
adults are $8 each , kids under 12 are $6 and under 2 yrs is free.
13. Enjoy Winter Scenery at PEI National Park
Though, there are no park facilities open during winter, you can spot that elusive wildlife, enjoy snow laden trees, and PEI’s famous lighthouses backdropped with white snowy beaches through hiking, and snowshoeing. Gulf Shore Parkway between Cavendish and North Rustico and between Brackley and Dalvay are cleared of snow to allow access by Parks Canada, and a number of parking areas will be kept cleared for parking.
14. Fat Biking!Prince Edward Island has over 1000 kilometres of trails to explore. If you’re looking for an outdoorsy getaway on a bicycle, and own a fatbike, then PEI is your go-to-destination. Whether it’s dashing through the woodland trails meandering around trees, or out on the coastline braving the winter winds to capture the beauty of the frozen shores of PEI on a bicycle. Fat bikingis a fantastic way to see the Island — and if you’re brave enough to brave the cold weather, you can make quite the holiday out of it, too.
15. The Oval at Queen Elizabeth Park
Head to the Oval at Queen Elizabeth Park if you want to skate on one of the best outdoor skating rinks in PEI. The city of Summerside maintains this outdoor skating surface during the winter months, so locals and visitors alike can have fun on best outdoor ice surface in PEI.
16. Acadian Museum
Follow the odyssey of Island Acadian from 1720 to present on a snow day. Acadian Museum is one of seven Museum and Heritage PEI sites, and is home artifacts from over 300 years.
23 Main Dr, Rte 2, Miscouche
17. Rotary Friendship Park
During the winter, the nearly 5km trails in Rotary Friendship Park are groomed for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. See the farmers’ field, wetlands, and old growth trees covered in a blanket of snow.
MacEwen Road, Summerside
18. Heather Moyse Heritage Park
Come winter, one of Summerside’s major parks becomes a winter wonderland. Cross-country skiers love to explore these trails. The park is open from 6 am to 10 pm daily.
Ottawa Street, Summerside
19. Souris Striders Ski and Snowshoe Club
Pick from 4 trails that total 3km in length. The trails are groomed on a regular basis to ensure they are free from debris. Night time skiing and snowshoeing is offered from 5pm to 10pm.
6 km north of Souris at Harmony Junction on Rte. 305
$10 Season Pass
20. Winter River Trail
Go winter walking or snowshoeing at the trail, just minutes from Charlottetown. Enjoy sighting of winter wildlife, as you hike along Winter River ravine.
21. Ice Fish at Summerside Waterfront
Once the lake is frozen over, grab your fishing pool and dress warmly as you may be waiting awhile for the fish to bite.
22. The Table Cooking ClassesHave a one-of-a-kind culinary experience this winter featuring Prince Edward Island food at The Table Culinary Studio. Experience the cooking, learn the styles and enjoy the dishes that you have made at the end of the class.
The Table Culinary Studio, 4295 Grahams Road, New London
23. Down East & Central PEI Brewery Tasting Tour
This private craft brewery tour takes you along the East side of the Island, past farms and fields. The tour stops at Copper Bottom Brewing which is PEI’s first craft brewery and taproom, Upstreet Craft Brewing, and Prince Edward Island Brewing Company.
24. Brewery Bus Tour
Hop aboard the Brewery Bus and tour four of Charlottetown’s breweries. Travel around the city in style to see what they are brewing up and sample some of the beers they have on tap.
25. Wine, Dine & Shine
Sample some of the best of what PEI wineries have to offer on this full day tour. The tour stops in Georgetown, which is one of the many hidden gems for an amazing meal at the Wheelhouse.
26. Sleep in a TreePOD at Treetop Haven
Spend the night, the weekend or the whole week at Treetop Haven, an all season vacation and wellness destination boasting five TreePODS, geodesic domes in the trees. Located in Mount Tryon, this unique attraction and accommodation is set on a 50-acre private lot surrounded by mature trees so you can sit back and connect with nature.
1210 Mount Tryon Road, Mount Tryon
27. 55 Plus Winter Games
Cheer the participants of 55+ winter games. Games include curling, hockey, squash, swimming, badminton, Auction 45s, crokinole, 5 pin bowling, cross country skiing, cribbage, 8 ball pool, darts, duplicate bridge, spin cycling, skating and walking.
28. Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park
The lovely Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park is open all winter long. There are over 18km of trails that will take you along the Bonshaw River. Parts of the natural adventure playground are not available during the winter.
29 Green Rd, Bonshaw
29. Cheer Charlottetown Home Teams
We may not have NBA or NHL Champions, but we can enjoy quality sports without paying through the nose! Get to Eastlink Centreand cheer Island Storm (Canadian professional basketball team) and Charlottetown Islanders (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League).
Winter to Early Spring.
Eastlink Centre, Charlottetown
30. Spa 225 at Chez Shea
Unwind and shake off the winter blues of Chez Shea serene treatment rooms at Spa 225. You may be even tempted to make it a weekend at the Kinkora Country Inn because of their hospitality.
51 Anderson Street, Kinkora