Freezing temperatures and icy snow piles mean that winter fun has arrived in Saint John. Dress warmly and get out there for ‘snow’ much fun with your family and friends this winter. Listed below are some places where you can have winter fun around Saint John.
Winter Fun at Rockwood Park
Go dashing through the snow around Rockwood Park. Sleigh rides start at the stables in the park. The sleigh rides must be booked in advance, and can hold up 12 people.
What about going sledding? It is hard to name just one hill in Rockwood Park because there are many great options to pick from. The hill near the golf course is long and really fast. Near Lily’s Cafe is a shorter but steeper hill if you want something with faster pace.
Explore a winter wonderland as the trail system is open year round. Enjoy a hike, go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Kilometres of trails waiting for you to explore.
Once Lily Lake is thick enough, you can go ice skating on the lake. It is also used for a popular pond hockey tournament.
You can ice fish on Fisher Lake. Make sure to dress warmly, and bring your fishing gear for a fun day fishing on the lake.
55 Lake Drive South, Saint John
Go Skating at Art & Culture Park
Enjoy skating at the outdoor skating rink at this park is open from 10 am to 10 pm daily. You will need a helmet to go skating at this rink. There are no sticks or pucks allowed on the ice.
12 Landing Court, Quispamsis
Moonlight Snowshoe at Elmhurst Outdoors
For cross-country skiers and snowshoers, Elmhurst Outdoors is worth the drive from Saint John. They have 9 beautifully groomed cross-country skiing trails and 8 great trails for snowshoeing. They offer lessons and midnight winter hikes including moonlight snowshoeing.
65 Ganong Road, Erbs Cove
Glide through Rothesay Common
Open daily during the winter months, the Rothesay Common’s ice surface is a popular outdoor skating rink. Helmets are required for pond hockey and recommended for skating.
24 Gondola Point Road, Rothesay
Downhill Ski at Poley Mountain
Travel out of the city for downhill skiing at Poley Mountain. Test your skills on the 32 trails, with ten of them open at night. Warm-up in the lodge after hitting the slopes. They offer lots of lessons for those just starting out.
69 Poley Mountain Rd, Waterford
Find a Frozen Waterfall at Silver Falls Trail
Go off the beaten path this winter to find a waterfall. Silver Falls Trail is a short 600 meter long looped trail that takes you through a forest to rapids and a waterfall. Be careful on this trail because this trail narrows and has cliffs.
Loch Lomond Road, Saint John
Enjoy views of snowy Saint John River
Harbour Passage connects Broad, Sydney, and Water Streets, and offers visitors great views of the Saint John River. The Market Square boardwalk is a popular spot to start exploring the trail.
One Market Square, Saint John
Ice Fish at Renforth Rotary Park
During the winter, dozens of ice fishers head to Renforth Rotary Park to do some fishing. The frozen lake is packed with ice fishing huts, and even some vehicles. It is one of the largest ice fishing communities in the Maritimes.
141 James Renforth Drive, Rothesay
A Winter Walk at Wells Recreation Trail
Explore a winter wonderland on the Wells Recreation Trail. Three of trails are groomed for winter walking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The trails range from 1.4km to 2.2km in length.
75 French Village Rd, Rothesay
Go Birding at Irving Nature Park
Just minutes from downtown Saint John is a winter wonderland. Irving Nature Park is open all winter long. The 8km of trails can be used for winter walking, snowshoeing, and winter bird watching.
Play I Spy at Wolastoq Park
Overlooking the spectacular Reversing Fall Rapids, Wolastoq Park is a lovely park to visit year-round. Around the park, you will find a collection of statues of historical Saint John figures that make a perfect photo op or perfect for that I-spy games with little ones.
228 Lancaster Avenue, Saint John
Uncork Saint John
Ready for a cold one? This small-group walking tour will take you around Uptown Saint John to sample local beer, wine, spirits, and seafood. The tour starts at the Saint John City Market and goes off the beaten track to where the locals eat and drink.