Published February 2018
Winter can feel like a marathon that needs to be faced with the grit of a skier and the grace of a figure skater. After a few months of braving the snow, ice, and cold, it’s time to take things beyond the basics. By now you should have definitely tried your hand at winter classics like skiing and snowshoeing. But what about the lesser-known sports of the Maritimes’ snowiest province? Here’s your chance to for gold in New Brunswick’s great winter games!
How many can you check off the list?
🥇 ICE CLIMBING
What: Ascending inclined ice formations, or in other words, tapping your inner beast to hack frozen waterfalls.
Where: the climbing wall at Mont Farlagne Outdoor Centre
🥇 WINTER BIKING
What: Showing Mother Nature a little snow won’t get in the way of your ride. Any rugged bike will do, such as mountain bikes or fat bikes.
Where: Fat bike rentals at Kouchibouguac National Park, Mapleton Park (Moncton), Sugarloaf Provincial Park, and Caraquet Outdoor Club
🥇 SNOW SKATING
What: The hipster event of the New Brunswick Winter Games. You probably haven’t heard of it, but it’s exactly what it sounds like: skating down a snowy incline.
Where: Rentals available at Sugarloaf Provincial Park
What: Basically the perfect winter sport, in our dog-loving opinions. “Mush! Gee! Haw!” your way through a remarkable landscape.
Where: Sled Dog Adventures (near Bathurst), Baisley Lodges (near Edmundston), Mount Carleton Provincial Park
🥇 SNOW YOGA
What: Affectionately called ‘snowga’ by passionate participants, head outdoors and allow yourself to become one with winter in all its snowy glory.
Where: There’s nowhere more peaceful than New Brunswick’s provincial parks in the winter. Grab your mat and head to Mactaquac, Sugarloaf, or Mount Carleton.
What: New Brunswick in a nutshell. This Olympic sport combines the power of cross-country skiing with the precision of marksmanship. Up for the challenge?
Where: The Charlo Aventuriers Outdoor Centre has biathlon equipment and training facilities.
🥇 ICE DANCING
What: Figure skating + ballroom dancing = time to skate like nobody’s watching.
Where: Dieppe Skating Oval Friday night ‘Fun on Ice’ concerts
What: When you have the most snow in the Maritimes, shoveling’s pretty much an Olympic event.
Where: Your house, your neighbour’s house, your neighbour’s neighbour’s house.... or maybe your own nature getaway?
If you’ve tried all these and braved winter with a smile on your face, you deserve a medal! Keep the spirit of the games alive with even more snowy adventures.