Published December 2016
🎶 Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow 🎶
We’re just a tad excited that the first snow of the season is finally here (hoorah!). Don’t get us wrong - autumn in New Brunswick is a lovely time of year - but visions of sugarplums and snow days are dancing in our heads.
There’s so much to look forward to, from the holiday season to ski trips and beyond. Care to take a virtual trip through winter wonderland with us?
Let’s go, starting with...
1. City of Saint John Uptown Sparkles
Canada’s oldest incorporated city knows how to do the holidays right. Think cobblestone streets dressed in festive decor and a showing of twinkling lights that puts the night sky to shame. Don’t be surprised if you see the big man himself wandering down the street with a hearty ho ho ho. Also on the agenda: trolley rides, craft market, and open-house festivities in boutique shops.
2. New Years Eve Canada 150 Kickoff Celebrations
It’s gonna be a big year in New Brunswick. Canada’s got a special birthday coming up, and as one of the founding provinces we’ve got more than a few celebratory tricks up our sleeve. Join the kickoff with a fireworks celebration on New Year’s Eve in the capital city of Fredericton.
3. Skiing, Skating, Sliding, Sledding...
With the most snow in the Canadian Maritimes, New Brunswick knows a thing or two about Real Winter. And that means a whole lot of outdoor playgrounds built by Mother Nature. You’ll find the highest ski vertical here, along with ski hills that offer plenty of fun for the non-skiers out there - think tobogganing, tubing, skating, snowshoeing, and even ice climbing.
4. Northern Odyssey Snowmobile Adventure
When was the last time you went on an odyssey? Now’s your chance for an epic winter adventure. Zip along the frozen landscape of Northern New Brunswick’s snowmobile trails. You’ll pass through four northern cities on a giant loop that includes 1,500 km of groomed trails, snowmobile-friendly lodging, and gas stations for your sled.
5. Fredericton FROSTival
Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR jam-packed weekends of winter entertainment hit the capitol region for this frostiest of festivals. From family activities to provincial park adventures and a mid-winter music fest, more than 100 events help you celebrate the season in style.
6. Winter Camping at Our National Parks
Hear us out on this one. We know it sounds chilly, but winter camping is actually one of the most amazing experiences you can have outdoors. It doesn’t have to be in a tent, either. Kouchibouguac and Fundy both offer rustic shelters near groomed cross-country ski trails. Rent one of Kouchibouguac’s winterized fat bikes, too, and you’ll have some serious bragging rights come winter.
7. Dog Sledding
Gee! Haw! Hike! Get practicing on your mushing terminology because this winter you HAVE to try dog sledding. The exhilaration of flying through the snow on a sled led by a team of dogs is unmatchable. Excursions run from a few hours to a few days. Adorable dogs included.
8. World Pond Hockey Championships
This is a seriously cool event. And not just because it’s hosted on 20 outdoor ice surfaces in snowy central New Brunswick. Think of it as the essence of Canada in a nutshell - the good ol’ hockey game with participants from around the world and spectators that love having a good time. You will too, we promise.
9. Après-Ski Food, Drink, and Fun
Can we all agree that après-ski can be just as fun as the slopes themselves? From wine shows to beer fests, dine-arounds to dinner theatre, things really heat up once the sun goes down. You’ll find plenty to fill your evenings in New Brunswick’s major urban centres, plus lots of daytime activities like museums, galleries and indoor entertainment centres, too.
Or plan your own adventure right now at