Published January 2019
The holidays have come and gone. And March Break feels like a lifetime away. Fight the winter blues with a stay at one of these 5 totally Canadian winter getaways, where you can cross-country ski, snowshoe, or snowmobile right from your front door. Think you’re not a snow lover? We’re betting a few nights at one of these spots will totally change your mind...
(Header image: Rustic Cabin at Fundy National Park)
1. Winter Shelters at Fundy National Park
Best for: Nature lovers who don’t want to wait ‘till summer for their park fix.
Ready for adventure? Snowshoe, cross-country ski, and fat bike trails are groomed for your winter pleasure throughout the season. Plan on staying the night, too, because there are several great options. Choose from two nicely secluded rustic cabins, the winterized oTENTiks, or even yurts in Headquarters Campground. They all have heating so your toes will be nice and toasty after a day of exploring. Or if you prefer to sleep a little closer to nature, bring your tent for winter camping in the great Canadian outdoors.
2. Dream Domes at Ridgeback Lodge
Best for: Ditching conventional accommodations for a night under the stars.
Imagine glamping in your very own geodesic dome complete with fireplace and Scandinavian-chic interior. Yep, it’s as awesome as it sounds. A snowy landscape provides all the more reason to snuggle beneath the stars, but don’t plan on hibernating too long - snowshoe and hiking trails for guests wind through the lodge’s pristine property.
3. Snowmobile-Friendly Lodges
Best for: Anyone who loves pulling up to their doorstep by snowmobile.
These lodges are well-known among the snowmobile crowds who frequent New Brunswick’s Northern Odyssey and other snowmobile trails. The accommodations are about as sled-friendly as it gets and you’re pretty much guaranteed a good time at all of them. Lodge restaurants are typically packed with riders from all over, and a friendly, jovial atmosphere is standard. Did we mention they’re also located right on the trails? If you were born to ride, these spots are for you.
4. Winter Workshops at Nepisiguit Adventure's Hideout
Best for: Taking winter adventure to a whole new level.
How hardcore are you? The guides at Nepisiguit Adventures will take you through the ins and outs of winter survival in a pristine Acadian forest setting. Learn handy skills like outdoor cooking, fire-building, and constructing a winter shelter. Stay the night in your specially built snow cave or a heated log cabin - the choice is yours!
5. Secluded Wilderness Cabin at Country Haven Lodge
Best for: Putting down the cell phones and (truly) getting away from it all .
The local wildlife are your only neighbors at this secluded cabin in the woods. Accessible only by snowshoeing, skiing, or hiking, you’ll get all the privacy you want in this cosy setup on the banks of the Miramichi River. And don’t worry about getting cabin fever - the wilderness resort has plenty to fill your time, from groomed trails maintained by the Miramichi Cross-Country Ski Club to nearby horse-drawn sleigh rides.