Published February 2017
“WHERE IS WINTER?!?” we kept asking ourselves. From our home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, winter lately had seemed like a myth, just a distant promise in a forecast that only ever arrived as rain. We consider ourselves true Nordic adventure lovers, so we couldn’t take it a second longer. We went in search of winter and knew the best place to look… New Brunswick! We love a good road trip, so we grabbed our gear and hit the road.
What better place to get into the winter vibe than a stop into Mactaquac Provincial Park. It has it all -- tobogganing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and the skating rink was also a huge hit. Plus, IT’S ALL FREE!!! Skis and snowshoes are made available throughout the winter and the sunrise we caught there was the icing on the cake. Speaking of cake, a stop into the restaurant in the park is a must and, after all those activities, you’ll certainly have earned it.
Our downhill skis had been neglected this year having spent the first few months of the season waiting by the door like an eager puppy that never gets walked. It was high time to change that. We had long heard that Mont Farlagne, in Edmundston, was a place worth checking out. With constant reliable cold, Mont Farlagne was waist-deep in snow. The trails are fast, fun and we nearly had the place to ourselves.
But it didn’t stop there; we jumped on the fat bikes, we climbed the ice wall, we laughed as we bombed down the tubing park AND we heard some amazing music thanks to the extremely talented Mike Sullivan as we enjoyed an après–ski beer. I’m tired just remembering it all!
The highlight of the trip for all of us took place in the small town of Allardville. Dog-sledding was something we’d always wanted to try and we finally had our chance. It was incredible. Everything about the experience seemed to heighten the senses. The sound of the sled, the smell of forest, the cold wind against our faces, and a team of dogs tired out after a hard day’s work. It was magical. It was the experience of winter that we had been searching for all along.
A for Adventure is all about inspiring people to get outdoors and be adventurous. Follow along with Jan LaPierre and Chris Surette as they share all the wonderful things to do in Canada’s great outdoors.