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 20 to February 2, 2020
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 16 to February 2, 2020
11 Carleton St., Fredericton
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5. Tracadie Pond Hockey Tournament
Once the Tracadie Pond freezes, it becomes a popular location for outdoor skating. It also becomes a hockey rink for a weekend. The annual hockey tournament has five categories for teams to enter in.
January 15 to 19, 2020
100 Rue Dues Rivieres, Travadie
6. 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
7. Maple Tours & Sugar Bush
Welcome spring by going on a Sugar bush tour!
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.
8. 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 , 2020
247 Notre Dame St, Atholville
9. Winter Wellness Days
Frolic in the winter wonderland at one of the three New Brunswick Provincial Parks during Winter Wellness 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 25 to February 16, 2020
Saturday, January 25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. @ Sugarloaf Provincial Park
Saturday, January 25, noon – 4 p.m. @ Mactaquac Provincial Park
Sunday, February 16, noon – 4 p.m @ Mount Carleton Provincial Park
10. 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
11. 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 30 to February 9, 2020
12. Dieppe Winter 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.
January 31 to February 2, 2020
505 Melanson Road, Dieppe
13. 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
2020 TBA (February 9, 2019)
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
15. 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 13 – 17, 2020
16. World Pond Hockey Championships
Over a 100 teams from across the global head to World Pond Hockey Championships to see who is best. Pond hockey is very different because it is four on four game that has no goaltenders. There are over 20 ice surfaces with many games taking place at the same time during the Championships.
February 13 to 16, 2020
17. Course X-treme Race Memramcook
If you love X-treme sports, the first ever Course X-Treme Race Memramcook is the place you should be. You can watch riders hurdle themselves down the ice track. The first skater to the bottom wins.
behind the former Memramcook Institute, Memramcook
February 8, 2020
18. 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.
Winter 2020 – TBA (February 25 – March 3, 2019)
19. 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 21 – 24, 2020
20. Hartland Winter Carnival Winterfest
The Hartland Winter Carnival Winterfest is an annual winter festival, which has activities are fun for all ages.
2020 TBA (February 22 – March 1, 2019)
21. 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 15, 2020
22. 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 13 to 17, 2020
23. Saint-Quentin Winter Carnival
Gather the family and get ready for winter fun around Saint-Quentin. See who the new Miss Saint-Quentin, watch the ATV and snowmobile rallies and great ready for masquerade party on ice.
February 26 to 29, 2020
24. Fredericton Craft Beer Festival
See and taste the latest trends in Craft Beer at the Fredericton Craft Beer Festival, 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 6 to 7, 2020
Fredericton Convention Centre
25. 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
26. Sugarloaf Provincial Park
Hit the slopes at Sugarloaf Provincial Park. The park features 13 Alpine ski trains ranging from beginner to expert, a terrain park, a quadruple chairlift, 2 t-bars and a pony lift. Sugarloaf is also home to Les Montagnard Outdoors Club with groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
596 Val-d’Amour Road, Atholville
27. Kouchibouguac National Park
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
28. 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.
29. 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.
1790 Sand Cove Rd, Saint John
30. 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
31. Mont Farlagne Outdoor Centre
When the snow starts falling, grab your gear and hit the slopes at Mont Farlagne. Ski down the 22 runs and show off your skills at the snow park. They also have tubing hills to fly down. If you prefer snowshoeing, there are 45km of trails for you to explore.
360 Mont Farlagne Road, Edmunston
32. Oakland Farm & Lodge
When colder days come, Oakland Farm celebrates with sleigh rides. The sleight ride will have you gliding down the trails around the farm and lodge. Do not worry if you have hay or straw allergies, they do not have either on the seats.
65 Oakland Farm Ln, New Maryland
33. Broadleaf Ranch
Fun does not stop in the winter at the Broadleaf Ranch. Glide through the breathtaking landscapes of Albert Country Woodland and Shepody Marshland on a sleigh ride. You can also explore the snowy fields on horseback.
5526 Route 114, Hopewell Hill, Albert County
34. Fisher Lakes
When the lake is frozen over, the fish are biting in Fisher Lakes. Dress warmly and bring some bate with you for a fun day of ice fishing.
55 Lake Drive South, Saint John
35. Winter Camping at Mactaquac Provincial Park
Visit New Brunswick’s winter wonderland called Mactaquac Provincial Park. Ejoy winter camping, outdoor skating at the 1-acre pond, cross-country ski on 7 km of groomed trails or snowshoe at various locations in the park. Fat bikes are available for rent at the park, and complimentary cross-country skis and snowshoes are available courtesy of the Friends of Mactaquac . You can even take a horse-drawn sleigh ride for a magical winter treat (reservations required, 506-328-7030). Pack your toboggan and dress warmly because it is going to be a fun day in the snow. There are lots of great hills to go sliding down.
36. 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.
April 3 to 7, 2020