Keep the boredom away and enjoy the snow this winter holiday in Charlottetown. It is a winter wonderland out there, and there is so much to do in and around the city. Spend some time with your friends and family and have fun this winter. Taking a quick winter escape to Charlottetown is the perfect way to break up your routine with a burst of winter activities.
Listed below you will find some interesting and fun activities to do this Christmas holiday season in Charlottetown.
Skiing and Trails
Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park
Take a short drive and hit the slopes at Brookvale Provincial Ski Park, where they offer both Alpine and Nordic skiing. If skiing is not your thing, there is also a fatbiking and snowshoeing that you can try. You can also tube down the hills. If you have never skied before, there are snow schools that have trained skiing instructors who can help you get started.
Winter River Trail
Winter River Trail is only five kilometres from Charlottetown. The trail will take you through a white spruce forest and has river lookouts along the way. The trail is great for hiking all year round. During the winter, the trail is great for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Snowshoeing in the City
This winter season spend some time exploring Charlottetown by snowshoe. Many hotels have partnered with the city to provide complimentary snowshoes from Tubbas snowshoes, along with accommodations. You can explore the city on your own, or follow the trail that you receive from the accommodation provider.
Bell Aliant Centre
Grab your skates and head to the Bell Aliant Centre for some fun. Check the arena schedule to see when there is a public skate that you can take part in. There are also hockey games that you can watch or take a dip in the pool at the aquatic facility if you like to swim.
All About Golf
Practice your swing inside this winter at All About Golf. Their golfing simulators allow you to practice and even play on some of the best courses in the world. If you want a real-life experience, there is an indoor 18 hole golf course that you can play a round on.
Just 5 minutes outside of Charlottetown, in Stratford, is the Happy Potter. You can either create your own pottery or paint one of the premade items. There are other creative activities for families like slime-making, fused glass and much more.
Small Print Board Game Café
Spend an evening with family and friends playing board games at PEI’s first board game café. The Small Print Board Game Café is a 19+ venue with minors being allowed with a parent or guardian until 8pm and costs $5 per person. There are over 300 games to choose from. If you have any questions about the games or rules, the staff is knowledgeable about almost all the games.
Most people do not think about ice cream in winter. However, ice cream is still yummy treat in the middle of winter. COWS Creamery is a Charlottetown staple and has been named “Best Ice Cream in Canada”. You can take a factory tour and enjoy a sample of their cheese and ice cream.
See a Show at the Confederation Centre of Arts
The Confederation Centre of Arts is definitely the place to be if you love the arts. The centre showcases everything from the visual arts to musical theatre and looks to the past and present to inspire future art. The huge complex in the heart of Charlottetown might seem a bit daunting at first glance since it covers a full city block, but it has a friendly atmosphere that permeates this gorgeous cultural centre.
PEI Escape Rooms
Test your problem solving skills at the first escape-the-room in PEI. PEI Escape Rooms will challenge you and your friends or family. There are clues that you need to solve within the time limit. It is a great way for groups of people to learn teamwork.
The City Cinema showcases indie movies, old classics, and newest blockbusters. They will be closed on December 23, 2018, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. For the holidays, they will be showing a classic kids movie each day from Boxing Day to New Year’s Eve at 3 pm. You should check their website daily to see what is playing.
Charlottetown Farmers’ Market
Since it is open every Saturday during the year, the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market is a great option if you want to shop local this year. Vendors from across PEI come to the market each week with their produce, baked goods, arts, crafts and much more.
Christmas and New Year’s Celebrations
See the Holiday Lights on Victoria Row
During the holiday season, the historic Victoria Row is lit up with fantastic light displays along with many holiday-themed shop windows. So, take a walk, and window shop, get some holiday shopping done, or just relax with a warm drink at one of the quaint cafes.
Wintertide Holiday Festival
During the whole month of December, Charlottetown is filled with holiday cheer as the Wintertide Holiday Festival is in town. There is a home decorating contests, so many holidays will have their halls decked and lit up with holiday lights. There are lots of events, so download the calendar of events to see what is taking place this year.
Welcome the New Year
Countdown to the New Year in the city. There are lots of fun events to welcome 2019.