Published January 2017
For a whole month each winter Fredericton pulls out all the stops for 4 jam-packed weekends of winter entertainment. It’s just one of the reasons the city made Expedia’s list of 17 Canadian cities to visit in 2017.
Fredericton FROSTival is Atlantic Canada’s largest winter celebration and it’s happening this year from January 19 to February 12. We think it’s the perfect reason to plan a weekend away. From craft beer to ski jumps, here’s how to turn up your winter with 36 hours in New Brunswick’s capital city region.
Day 1: Get Acquainted
Afternoon: FROSTival Ice Scupture Showcase + explore downtown
Get your bearings in downtown Fredericton while browsing the FROSTival ice sculptures on display and watching masterpieces begin to emerge. Explore the shops and scene surrounding the Historic Garrison District.
Evening: Craft beer tasting + A Taste of New Brunswick
The city’s craft brewery scene is exploding and no weekend would be complete without a tasting. Stop by Graystone Brewing for a chance to sample their brews plus others from around the city. For dinner, discover the flavours that define local cuisine with A Taste of New Brunswick at the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook.
Day 2: Snowy Adventures
Morning: Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market
Want to fit right in with the locals? Get a “market breakfast.” A Saturday morning tradition for the past 60 years, the Saturday market is the place to see and be seen - and to fill your belly with all kinds of homemade goodies and local fare to fuel the day’s adventures.
Afternoon: Crabbe Mountain Skiing & Snowboarding
The Maritimes’ largest vertical drop is waiting. So are 27 alpine ski trails, 30 km of nordic ski and snowshoe trails, and the epic Rockstar Terrain Park. Just a short drive outside the city, Crabbe Mountain is a great spot to get in your ski fix.
Evening: FROSTival evening entertainment
Continue the frosty fun into the night. Depending on the weekend, you could find yourself at Shivering Songs music fest, partaking in Dine Around Freddy, or joining the Après Ski Series at Crabbe’s Thirsty Boot Lounge. There’s no wrong option.
Day 3: Hit the Trails
Morning: Mactaquac Provincial Park
This park makes it easy to love the outdoors. Cross-country skis and showshoes are available to borrow for those without their own equipment. Wake up your senses with a trek through the trails or a rush of adrenaline around the skating pond or down the groomed sliding hills (seriously, they’re awesome).
Afternoon: Cultural entertainment
It’s time to rest your body and stimulate your mind. Be wowed by the contemporary ice dance of Le Patin Libre, in town for FROSTival. Or you can check out the current exhibitions at Beaverbrook Art Gallery, inspire young scientists at Science East, and learn about local history at the Fredericton Region Museum.