It’s a fact that New Brunswick gets hit with the most snow in the Canadian Maritimes each year. So, sharpen your blades, shine your sled, tune your skis or wax your snowboard and head outside to show winter who’s the boss! Spend some time outside with family and friends in the snow or warm up inside with fun shows and screen-free activities. Get ready for some serious winter fun in New Brunswick with the activities listed below.
1. Shivering Songs Festival
The Shivering Songs Festival is a popular winter music festival that hosts renowned artists in beautiful rustic and historic spaces throughout Downtown Fredericton. Just keep in mind that the admission cost will vary due to the venue.
January 24 – 27, 2019
2. Crabbe Mountain
Gather your friends together and hit the slopes on New Brunswick’s best hills at Crabbe Mountain. There are over 30 kilometres of skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing trails. They have lessons available on certain days of the week.
50 Crabbe Mountain Road, Central Hainesville
3. Sled Dog Mushing Adventures
Dog sledding is a very Canadian hobby, and Sled Dog Mushing Adventures makes it easy to learn how to mush. You can either relax on the sled or drive the team of dogs.
4. Fredericton Frostival
Take the whole family out and celebrate winter at Atlantic Canada’s Largest Winter Celebration. Fredericton Frostival is three weekends packed with winter fun. There are over 100 events that you and your family can check out and participate in.
January 24 – February 10, 2019
11 Carleton St., Fredericton
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5. Poley Mountain
Have some family fun on the slopes of Poley Mountain. It is located between Moncton, Saint John, and Fredericton. There are so many fun things to do that you should definitely plan to spend a weekend or longer with your family at Poley Mountain.
69 Poley Mountain Rd, Waterford
6. Sugar Bush in La Causerie
Explore over 100 acres at Sugar Bush in La Causerie. From March to early May, you can enjoy their breakfast buffet in their restaurant and ‘sugar-licking’. There are also snowmobiling tours available during the winter.
178 Sucrerie Rd, Sainte-Marie-de-Kent
7. Atholville Winter Carnival
Spend some time outside with your friends and family at the Atholville Winter Carnival. There will be hockey and bowling tournaments, fireworks and many more activities to keep the whole family entertained during this festive, fun-filled weekend.
January 26 – 27, 2019
247 Notre Dame St, Atholville
8. Winter Wellderness Days
Frolic in the winter wonderland at one of the three New Brunswick Provincial Parks during Winter Wellderness Days. You can try fat biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, ice-sculpting, skating and more at these events. When you get too cold and tired, head to the lodge or cabin to warm your toes near the cozy fireplace and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or a delicious meal.
January 26, February 2, and February 16, 2019
9. Riverview Winter Carnival
Spend 10 days celebrating all things winter at the Riverview Winter Carnival. Go on a sleigh tide, help build the community ice castle, and enjoy winter treats.
February 1 – 10, 2019
10. HubCap Comedy Festival
More than 20 headline comedians from across Canada come together in Moncton for the HubCap Comedy Festival. There are over 20 shows in bars, restaurants, and theatres. So, bring your friends and laugh off the winter blues.
January 31 – February 10, 2019
11. Dieppe Friendship Carnival
During the first weekend in February over 40 activities will be taking place across Dieppe. The Dieppe Friendship Carnival will feature a sugar shack, cooking workshop, ice sculptor, sleigh rides, fireworks and much more.
February 1 – 3, 2019
505 Melanson Rd, Dieppe
12. Snow Blast
Spend a day outside and celebrate the winter. The Snow Blast festival has taffy-on-the-snow, snow carving, sledding, cross-country skiing, and much more. Most activities will take place in Riverside Park with others taking place around the town.
9173 Main Street, Florenceville-Bristol
February 9, 2019
13. Kingswood FROSTival Family Fun Fireworks & More
Spend an evening at Kingwoods Lodge for lots of family fun. The Kingswood FROSTival Family Fun Fireworks & More is weather permitting, as there will be bonfires, hot cocoa, and dancing. You will need to bring your own equipment if you want to take part in any of the other outdoor activities.
February 9, 2019
1700 Hanwell Rd, Fredericton
14. Campbellton Regional Sno-Fest
Enjoy the winter wonderland with four days packed with lots of family fun. Campbellton Regional Sno-Fest is the place to be during winter. There will be so much fun, many snow sculptures, live entertainment and more.
February 14 – 18, 2019
15. Chop Chop Winter
Warm up at the Uptown Saint John restaurants and experience the best local food created by talented chefs. During Chop Chop Winter, you can take your family and friends out to try new and old favorites along with the chop chop plates.
February 18 – 24, 2019
16. Perth-Andover Winter Carnival
There is so much to do at the Perth-Andover Winter Carnival. Come out for the Family Fun Day, which will have a giant sliding hill, sleigh rides, taffy on the snow, and so much more. There will also be the Carnival Cup Men’s Hockey Tournament and the Winter Carnival Queen’s Pageant.
February 22 – 25, 2019
16. Hartland Winter Carnival Winterfest
The Hartland Winter Carnival Winterfest is an annual winter festival, which has activities are fun for all ages.
February 22 – March 1, 2019
17. Snow Bear Winter Carnival
Dress warmly and head to Coronation Park for the Snow Bear Winter Carnival. Spend some quality family time outdoors playing snow golf, going on sleigh rides, snowshoeing, and sliding. After your outdoor fun, you can head inside for more fun and to warm up playing card games, doing Zumba and much more.
February 23, 2019
18. Saint-Quentin Winter Carnival
The Saint-Quentin Winter Carnival is packed with family fun. Get ready for the masquerade party on ice, snowmobiling and ATV rallies, along with many more fun activities.
February 23 to March 10, 2019
19. Ice Carnival
Shippagan’s Ice Carnival is a must- see event for all ages. People from across New Brunswick and Canada travel to see the ice sculptors and their imaginative ice creations.
February 24 – 27, 2019
20. Maple Capital of Atlantic Canada Festival
Enjoy the many flavours at the Maple Capital of Atlantic Canada Festival in Saint-Quentin. There will be meals featuring local maple products, shows, guided tours, fireworks and much more.
March 13 – 17, 2019
21. Saint John Wine Fair
Spend some time with your friends enjoying an assortment of wines along with hot and cold hors d’Oeuvres and cheese samples. The Saint John Wine Fair is a major fundraiser for the Canadian Red Cross.
February 23, 2019
22. Festival des Mots
The Festival des Mots (Words Festival) is a multi-week celebration of the words that are created, written, read, and sung in the French language. You can challenge yourself to a dictation test, take part in games and rallies, browse informative displays, and meet authors who share their joy with words.
March 18 to April 6, 2019
New Brunswick Community College – Bathurst Campus, 725 College St, Bathurst
23. The Bliss Retreat
Start the New Year with a day of self-reflection, soul-searching and solitude at Village Scandanive. The Bliss Retreat will teach you to trust your inner compass and empower you in every decision that you make in your life.
Village Scandanive, 40 Glaude Road, Moncton
January 19, 2019
24. Beauty and the Beast – The Broadway Musical
See Beauty and the Beast like you have never seen it before. The tale as old as time is now a fantastic Broadway musical. This is the fourth professional musical production by Capitol Theatre and Tutta Musica.
Theatre Capitol Theatre, Moncton
February 23, 24, 27, & 28 and March 1, 2, & 3, 2019.
25. Fredericton Craft Beer Festival 2019
See and taste the latest trends in Craft Beer at the Fredericton Craft Beer Festival 2019, which is considered to be one of the best beer extravaganzas in the Maritimes. There are over 55 beer, cider, and mead breweries from across the east coast that attend this popular festival every year, including a dozen from just the Fredericton area alone.
March 8 – 9, 2019
Fredericton Convention Centre
26. Port City Royal
Port City Royal is the hottest place to dine and drink in New Brunswick. The mixologists and chefs are always working on something new and serving up fresh seasonal options.
45 Grannan St, Saint John
27. Attend the Bryan Adams Concert at the Avenir Centre
Bryan Adams is known as one of the most exciting live musicians in the world and his incredible vocals, energetic performance, and effortless stage presence are guaranteed to entertain both old and new fans. The tour comes in support of his upcoming album that is being released March 1, 2019.
January 22, 2019, 7 pm
150 Canada St, Moncton
28. Kouchibouguac National Park – Kouchibouguac
Kouchibouguac National Park stretches along the Acadian Coastal Drive and has some of the most dazzling views in the winter. The park is open year around, so you can hike or snowshoe through the park during the winter to see all the beautiful views and have an unforgettable adventure.
National 186-117, Kouchibouguac
29. Laverty Falls Trail – Fundy National Park
Laverty Falls is one of the most popular places for people to visit in Fundy National Park because it is so beautiful. There are a number of trails that will take you to Laverty Falls. The hike is short but will feel like it takes a long time because there are so many gorgeous views for you to enjoy along the way.
30. Sheldon Point Trail – Irving Nature Park
Sheldon Point Trail takes you round the edge the Irving Nature Park and to the beach. The trail is lined with forest, so you have breathtaking views of the forest and the ocean. Even during the fall, you can relax on Sandy Cove beach before hiking back to the start of the trail.
1790 Sand Cove Rd, Saint John
31. Dobson Trail – Moncton
Dobson Trail is one of the longest and most challenging trails in New Brunswick, but the breathtaking views that you will see while snowshoeing or hiking on this trail are worth the pain. Most of the trail runs through the forest and there are beautiful oak, birch, and pine trees all around the trails.
Riverview to Fundy National Park
32. Kingswood Entertainment Centre
Spend a day with the kids at Atlantic Canada’s largest family entertainment centre. The Kingswood Entertainment Centre features a 6.5-m (21-ft) high Playclimber, 14-m (45-ft) long inflatable obstacle course, Lazer Tag, 25 NEW arcade games, 30 lanes of candlepin bowling, a fitness & gymnastics centre, 18-hole and 9-hole golf courses, and 25 km of cross-country ski trails.
1700 Kingswood Way, Hanwell
33. Science East Science Centre
The Science East Science Centre is one of Canada’s most unique attractions for all ages. There are 150 hands-on exhibits that explore science through optical illusions, energy, anatomy, insects, deep space, technology and more! The building is a former jail built in 1842, so science and heritage mix in the basement with fascinating fact panels, artifacts, and interactive exhibits on crime forensics.
668 Brunswick St., Fredericton