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New Brunswick’s capital city knows how to do winter. With frosty festivals, great skiing, parks, indoor entertainment, and cosy nooks to kick back with a local craft beer, there’s plenty of snowy thrills and ample ways to chill. See all the adventures Fredericton has in store for you.
When You Arrive
Once you’ve settled your stuff, get your getaway off to the right start with a casual night out. King and Queen Street offer a wide range of restaurants to suit every taste, including Isaac’s Way, Moco Downtown, The Snooty Fox, and 11th mile. For lovers of whisky, a stop at the Lunar Rogue Pub is a must where there are 500 single malts and premium blends to choose from that earned this spot recognition as one of the “Great Whisky Bars of the World” by Whisky Magazine. Then kick back and rest up for the days ahead.
Instagram This: Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge
Day One – Stroll, Snow, and a Show
Morning: Take Your Time
Any vacay should get off to a slow start, and there’s nothing better than some down time in one of the city’s many cafés. Café Loka & Bistro, The Happy Baker, Café Beaverbrook, and Chess Piece Pâtisserie offer lots of yummy beverages and treats to try. Feeling like something extra decadent? Stop by The Donut Bar for a “fresh-to-death” gourmet donut. If you’re in town on a weekend, a stroll through a market is a must. There are a few in the city: the traditional Boyce Farmers’ Market and the The Cultural Market, open on Saturday mornings, and the Northside Market open through the day both Saturday and Sunday.
Afternoon: Strap on Your Skis
Time to burn off some of those morning treats on the slopes and trails. If you’re a downhill skier or snowboarder, nearby Crabbe Mountain features 34 trails that range from beginner to seasoned pro, not to mention the highest vertical descent in the Maritimes. If you’re looking for something a little less daring, enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or walking along the award-winning trail system. Killarney Lake Park and Odell Park offer great trails, and the Wostawea Cross-Country Ski Club grooms a network of trails at Kingswood and the UNB Woodlot.
Night: Catch a Show
End your big day on a high note by catching a show at the award-winning Fredericton Playhouse. From concerts to theatre, film screenings to symphonies, this is one spot whose event calendar you’ll want to check out before you arrive.
Instagram This: Snow-dusted Sleigh Ride
Day Two – Outdoor and Indoor Adventures
Morning: Winter Wonders
Let the crisp air wake you as you take the entire family on a sleigh ride, or take the kids sliding on one of the many hills at Odell Park or Mactaquac Provincial Park. Looking for a little one-on-one time with your sweetheart? Go for a romantic skate in the heart of downtown at Officers’ Square, just one of the 8 outdoor rinks in the city.
Afternoon: Indoor Fun
Warm up after a morning outdoors at the Science East Science Centre where over 150 creative, hands-on science experiments are sure to make your kids (and you) go wow! Up at the Kingswood Entertainment Centre you’ll find a 45-foot inflatable obstacle course, 21-foot high play climber, laser tag, bowling, arcade games, and more. There’s no time for boredom here!
Night – Cosy Up to New Tastes
Did you know that Fredericton is a craft beer hotspot? In fact, it’s the Maritimes’ largest concentration of craft alcohol producers. A number of close-knit breweries not only offer a wide range of interesting brews but also ciders and spirits that are well worth a sampling. Check out Graystone Brewing, Trailway Brewing, Grimross Brewing, Maybee Brew, and Picaroons while you’re in town.
Instagram This: Walking Trail by the River
Things Not to Miss in Fredericton This Winter:
- Fredericton FROSTival - This winter don’t hibernate, celebrate! Fredericton FROSTival offers over 150 events in 3 jammed-packed weekends! So grab you hat and mittens and get ready to experience Atlantic Canada’s largest winter festival. (Jan. 16 – Feb. 2)
- Shivering Songs Festival - For its 10th anniversary in 2020, this midwinter celebration of songwriting and storytelling will feature a fantastic lineup of New Brunswick artists. Concerts often sell out so grab your tickets early. (Jan. 29 – Feb. 2)
- Fredericton Beer Week - Check out a variety of events dedicated to craft beer at numerous local breweries with the grand finale of the Fredericton Craft Beer Festival taking place March 6-7.
- Kings Landing Sugar Bush – Pancake breakfasts and maple candy rolled up from the snow are just two of the many activities happening at historic Kings Landing in March.