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At the base of the snow-dusted Appalachian Mountain Range you’ll find the city of Campbellton. This wintry oasis offers up cold-weather outings bookended by cosy indoor activities and events that will refresh and relax you.
When You Arrive
Any blahs you may have been feeling evaporated the minute you hit the city and dropped off your bags. Now you’re ready to ease into your getaway with a meal and a drink. Head over to the Old Brass Rail where the hip atmosphere and friendly staff will put you in a vacation state of mind.
Instagram This: View from Sugarloaf Mountain
Day One – Fresh Air, Art & More
Morning: Indulge in History & Culture
Start the day off at the Restigouche Regional Museum. You’ll learn about the history of the area, the lives of the early settlers, the city’s first railway, as well as the industrial and geological story of the Restigouche. Follow that up with a visit to the Restigouche Gallery where themes of fine art, natural sciences, history, and technology are explored by local, regional, national, and international artists. When you’re done, why not check out the downtown stores and for a little shopping.
Afternoon: Play in the Park
It’s time to play in the snow, which means it’s time to head to Sugarloaf Provincial Park. In addition to great downhill skiing and snowboarding, the park has fantastic cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. You can also check out the Charlo Aventuriers Outdoor Centre where you can explore 12 km (7.5 mi.) of snowshoe trails and 27 km (17 mi.) of cross-country ski trails, including 5 km (3 mi.) that are illuminated for night skiing.
Night: Dinner and a Movie
When was the last time you lingered over a nice dinner then went to a movie? Well, it’s a classic for a reason, so head over to Brasserie 1026 Bar & Grill and enjoy a tasty meal in their modern atmosphere, or try out Café Chez Wes’ famous poutines and hearty platters and homemade desserts. Then settle in for a date with the silver screen at the North Shore Cinema.
Instagram This: View from the Trails
Day Two – Have Fun Frolicking
Morning: Quality Family Time
If the kids woke up with energy to burn, take them to the Memorial Regional Civic Centre, one of the most complete recreational and convention facilities in Atlantic Canada. Go swimming in the semi-Olympic size pool that has a water slide and kid pool. If skating’s more your thing, hit the ice of the two Olympic ice surfaces, or just kick back to watch the city’s Junior A hockey team, the Campbellton Tigers, in action.
Afternoon: Sled the Appalachians
As part of the Northern Odyssey’s epic 1500 km (930 mi.) snowmobile loop, this is one spot you won’t forget snowmobiling. Explore the trails of Sugarloaf Provincial Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Squaw Cap Mountain, and stop along the way to warm up and fuel your sled. When it’s time for a break, park your sled for the night, and stop in at Savoie’s Brewhouse to sample some local brews.
Night: Tap In to Fun
Who doesn’t look good in bowling shoes, right? See how many strikes you can rack up at the Campbellton Lions Bowling Center. If you like a little more strategy (and ice), the Campbellton Curling Club will have you yelling “hurry hard” with the best of ‘em. Then, when the night is coming to an end, cap it off with a drink at Taps Bar and raise a glass to a great winter escape!
Instagram This: Sno-Fest
Things Not to Miss in Campbellton This Winter:
- Winter Wellness Day – A flurry of free activities at Sugarloaf Provincial Park. (Jan. 25)
- Appalachian Carnival - Celebrate winter in Campbellton, Atholville, Tide Head and at Sugarloaf Provincial Park with a flurry of outdoor, cultural and social activities. (February 8-23)
- Sno-Fest is Campbellton’s mystical winter wonderland of fun and excitement! Includes sleigh rides, ice-skating, family games, and more to make the most of a wintry weekend. (Feb. 13-17)
- Family Day – A fun-filled day at Sugarloaf Provincial Park with many activities. (Feb. 17)
- East Restigouche Winter Festival – Next door to Campbellton, the communities of Dalhousie, Charlo, Balmoral, Eel River Bar and Eel River Dundee plan a whole lot of winter fun for all. (Feb. 27 - March 8)