Crisp winter air, clear skies, and falling snow make the winter season an excellent time to explore the Greater Moncton. Fun in Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview doesn’t stop when the snow starts falling. Listed below, you will find 20+ fun things to do in winter in the beautiful city of Moncton.
Winter Fun in Irishtown Nature ParkIn Moncton’s north end is Irishtown Nature Park, which is 890 hectares of a winter wonderland. The trails are great for snowshoeing and will take you through diverse ecosystems.
Irishtown Nature Park is home to a diverse ecosystems, which features Acadian forests, marshlands, and a lake. In the winter, wildlife in the park is still around and can be spotted. Birders and wildlife enthusiasts visit the park regularly to see what species are still in the area.
1155 Elmwood Drive, Moncton
Take kids out for a day of wildlife fun and see some of the world’s most dangerous, misunderstood and feared animals in the world. Meet Lemurs, an armadillo, a camel, a skunk, emus, crocodilians, giant pythons, tarantulas,and the amazing venomous animals in our venom exhibit including a green mamba, gila monster, rattlesnake, and so much more!
January 11 & 12, 2020
377 Killam Dr, Moncton
HubCap Comedy Festival
Loose the winter blues by laughing them away. Over 20 popular Canadian comedians come together for the HubCap Comedy Festival. Grab one ticket or pick up a ticket package to keep the laughs going.
January 30 to February 9, 2020
811 Main Street, Moncton
Free to $75
Winter Fun in Centennial Park
Cross-country skiers love Centennial Park for having Eastern Canada’s longest lit cross-country ski trails. The trail will take you through fields and forests. The trail can also be used for snowshoeing and winter hiking.
Grab your toboggan and head to Centennial Park. The Park is a popular location for those looking to zoom down a snow-covered hill. Be careful as there can be many people trying to use the hill at the same time.
801 St. George Blvd. Moncton
Dieppe Winter CarnivalSpend a weekend playing in the snow. During the winter carnival, there are over 40 family fun activities happening across the city. Warm-up at the cooking workshop, go on a sleigh ride, watch the fireworks and tour a sugar shack.
January 31 to February 2, 2020
505 Melanson Road, Dieppe
Sleigh Rides at Rotary St-Anselme Park
Every Sunday from bringing of January to the end of March, 2020, sleigh rides will be dashing through the snow from 1 pm to 4 pm. They will be offering free sleight rides on January 1 and February 17th from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Rotary St-Anselme Park is the place to be for winter fun, which includes two outdoor rinks. One rink is for hockey and ringette and the other is only for skating.
Also, if you are looking for winter walking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing trails, look no farther than Rotary St-Anselme Park.
505 Melanson Road, Dieppe
Headliner Artists in Moncton
Visit Casino New Brunswick to enjoy live shows by touring artists!
Highlights this season include: Jim Cuddy, Marianas Trench, WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY, The Trews, Theory Of A Deadman, LETTERKENNY LIVE, Mini Pop Kids Live: Bright Lights Tour, Matthew Good – Moving Walls Tour, and many more! Details
Winter Wonderland Park
Winter Wonderlands don’t just have to be for walking. Riverview’s Winter Wonderland Park is home to an amazing sliding hill that includes a snowboarding component. There is also an outdoor rink to skate on.
Quinn Count, Riverview
Skating at Mapleton Park
Mapleton Park’s outdoor rink is located behind the Rotary Pavilion. Once the temperatures are cold enough the rink opens.
600 Mapleton Road, Moncton
Riverview Winter Carnival
Spend 10 days celebrating all things winter at the Riverview Winter Carnival. Go on a sleigh ride, help build the community ice castle, and enjoy winter treats.
February 7 – 16, 2020
A weekend of lights, 3D mapping, giant projections, interactive installations, live shows, food, sensory experiences….
Join to celebrate the new heartbeat of the City with Lasers, ice skating, fire spinning, ice carving, licensed area (think mulled wine, mulled cider, craft beer, and spiked hot chocolate), glowing circus arts performances, and a giant 3D rabbit – what else could you possibly be doing this night?
February 7 & 8, 2020
Various Venues, Moncton
Free & Ticketed events
Riverfront ParkRun or walk along the banks of the Petitcodiac River. In the winter, parts of the trails are cleared for walkers and runners. Stay on the cleared paths to avoid snow and ice falls.
110 Assomption Blvd, Moncton
Wild Lights – Year of the Wolf
The Magnetic Hill Zoo is covered in lights for the Holiday season. The 40-acre park is lit up with thousands of lights celebrating the animals who call the zoo home. This year, the spotlight is on the wolves. Learn about wolves while seeing the brand new wolf-themed light displays. The lights are turned on at 5:30 pm each night and 8 pm on December 31st, 2019.
December 1, 2019 to January 4, 2020
Magnetic Hill Zoo, 125 Magic Mountain Road, Moncton
$10 (13-59), $5 (4-12), $10 (60+), $28 Family of Four
Enjoy some delectable, sweet treats as you wait for spring at one of the many sugar bushes located across New Brunswick. You can tour the forests, see how the clear sap is made into golden maple syrup, try taffy on the snow or stay warm inside a camp and enjoy a maple-themed meal. Details
Just a short drive from Moncton is the local favorite, Poley Mountain. Poley Mountain is home to 32 trails, which 10 open at night. A visit to Poley Mountain is going to be packed with family fun.
Poley Mountain Road, Waterford
Jitter Bean Cafe
Warm up with homemade soup, ethnic Korean food or a cup of coffee at Jitter Bean Cafe. The cafe has been serving up great coffee and food for over 6 years. Make sure to try the Lemon Ginger Tea.
1690 Mountain Road Unit 103, Moncton
Enjoy a live show at the theatre. From ballet and musicals to concerts by famous artists, there are plenty of events taking place at the theatre to warm up the winter season. Events this season include The Wizard of Oz, Amadeus the ballet, The Irish Rovers and many more.
Don’t miss works of New Brunswick artists from Print, textile, painting, drawing, and photography exhibited at the Capitol Theatre Art Gallery.
811 Main Street, Moncton.
Laundromat Expresso Bar
Don’t let the name fool, this neighbourhood pub is home to one of the largest bottled beer selection in the Maritimes. They also serve up great coffee, expresso, and other warm drinks along with sandwiches and beef jerky.
382 Rue St. George Street, Moncton
Riverview Arts Centre
Enjoy contemporary to classical concerts, as well as puppet shows this winter season at Riverview Arts Centre. Details
400 Whitepine Road, Riverview
Little Louis Oyster Bar & Fine Cuisine
At Little Louis Oyster Bar & Fine Cuisine, Chef Pierre A Richard creates many splendid seasonal dishes for your enjoyment. These sensational dishes are paired with exemplary grapes and vintages. Over the years, the spectacular teamwork and artistry at Little Louis have resulted in the restaurant being awarded the ‘Four Diamond Restaurant’ status by AAA/CAA.
245 Collishaw St. 2nd Floor, Moncton
At Calactus, a feast of colour and flavour awaits you. The meals at Calactus are influenced by world cuisine with an emphasis on using organic and local ingredients. The chefs can make all their meals dairy-free and most gluten-free, so people with special dietary needs will enjoy dining there.
125 Church St., Moncton
The Old Triangle Irish AlehouseThe Old Triangle Irish Alehouse is a place where you can get large portions of great pub grub at a reasonable price and listen to local talent. They also have an extensive vegetarian and gluten free options. Come into the Celtic Heart of the Maritimes where the beer is cold and the hospitality is warm.
751 Main St, Moncton
Mystery Moncton Escape Rooms
How good are your problem solving skills? Put your skills to the test and see if you can find the key in time at Mystery Moncton Escape Room. They have three themed rooms that you cano challenge your family and friends to.
94 Lewisville Road, Moncton
$25.00 Per Person
Home the Moncton Museum, Transportation Discovery Centre and space for travelling exhibits, Resurgo Place is an excellent place to spend a snow day at. From January 25 to April 5, 2020, the feature is Sound, Just Sound, which explores how sound is made and translates to us.
20 Mountain Road, Moncton
$5 – $25
Warm up with a hot beverage and spend some time inside with family or friends at the DIY Studio. Unplug while having fun. There are hundreds of pieces to pick from and over 75 paint colours for you to create a masterpiece with.
24 Mountain Road, Moncton
Gather up the family or your friends on a snow day and get ready for a day of fun bowling. Bowlarama offers both bowling and arcade games to keep everyone entertained while snow is falling. Some times they will have cosmic bowling days for a glowing time.
476 Rue Gauvin, Dieppe
Sky Zone Moncton
Bounce away the extra energy you have from spending a whole snow day inside. Sky Zone Moncton is Atlantic Canada’s largest indoor play space, so you can spend the whole day inside without being bored. There is no age limit as they offer activities for everyone.
40 Champlain Street, Dieppe
Relax & Rejuvenate
- Reconnect with yourself and relax after the holiday season. The Namaste Spa offers pampering services to energize your body and soul. An excellent treat during the cold winter. 31 Botsford Street, Moncton Details
- A modern spin on the classic spa experience, SoulFlower SalonSpa offers both salon and spa treatments under one roof. Sir back and relax as talented estheticians pamper you. 1688 Mountain Road, MonctonDetails
- Escape the cold and the hustle of the city at USVA spa. The spa is just a 10-minute drive from downtown Moncton. The spa treatments are inspired by a Nordic ritual dating back 200 years, which involves alternating between heat and cold. 774 Front Mountain Road, Moncton.Details