November 17, 2017
Winters in the Maritimes are always full of fun! Sure, there’s snow (sometimes a lot of snow), but there’s no reason to let that get in the way of your outdoor adventure. In fact, snow can make your next winter escapade that much better! If you’re planning on doing some travelling throughout the Maritimes this season, we’ve put together some suggestions for things to do outdoors in the winter that you won’t want to pass up!
Skiers and snowboarders alike will find plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures this winter! With more than half a dozen hills across all three Maritime Provinces, you’re never far away from a spot where you can strap in and shred! Ski Wentworth, located in the beautiful Wentworth Valley, is the largest hill in the region. This mountain has over 20 trails and a massive terrain park to unleash your inner daredevil. Elsewhere in Nova Scotia, you’ll find Martock in the Annapolis Valley and Ski Ben Eoin in Cape Breton. New Brunswick is home to Crabbe Mountain in Lower Hainesville, Mount Farlagne in Edmunston, and Poley Mountain in Sussex (only 45 minutes from the mv Fundy Rose).
It’s no secret that in the Maritimes we love the water—even when it freezes! All across the region, you’ll find opportunities to skate with those closest to you and create winter memories that will last a lifetime. In Moncton, Truro, and Charlottetown, you’ll find beautiful outdoor skating rinks in the heart of the downtown. Halifax is home to the Emera Oval. This oval is the equivalent of 3 NHL hockey rinks and is the largest refrigerated ice surface in the region. It’s hard to believe, but this oval was a temporary facility for the Canada Games in 2012, but became a permanent fixture of the Halifax Commons due to its immense popularity!
The Bay of Fundy is beautiful in the wintertime, and there’s no better way to see it than from on board the mv Fundy Rose. Not only will you have a chance to see stunning views of the ocean (and perhaps a few of its inhabitants), you’ll also have the opportunity to take in the snow-capped shorelines of the Maritimes from the water. Best of all, taking the ferry means less driving time, and relaxing on the mv Fundy Rose always beats driving on a wintery road!
Winter is a great time to grab a hot cocoa and some friends for a lovely sleigh ride through the Maritime countryside. At Hamilton Sleigh and Wagon Rides in Lower Onslow, Nova Scotia, groups of any size can enjoy a ride through the snow lead by Jim and Chase—two 16-year old Belgian Horses. Not far from Saint John, you’ll find Snider Mountain Ranch, where you can take trail rides in the summer and sleigh rides in the winter. Katie and McKenzie are the leaders of these rides, which include hot chocolate and cookies.
While the Maritimes are full of things to outdoors in the winter, sometimes it’s a little chilly. If you’d rather a winter adventure that takes place indoors, why not spend time in a few of our region’s beautiful art galleries? Whether you’re a fan of progressive, thought-provoking art, or beautiful works from decades and centuries gone by, you’ll find a wide assortment of pieces in the Maritimes. In fact, we love art so much here, that we’ve already highlighted a few of our favourite Maritime galleries in this blog post, The Colourful Canvas: A Guide to Maritime Artists for Art Lovers.
Camping season doesn’t have to end when the weather starts to get chilly. In fact, for many people, winter is when camping season begins. The Maritimes are picturesque at any time of year, and winter camping offers a perfect opportunity to see our beautiful landscapes in a whole new light. If you’re more of a “glamper” than a camper, that’s nothing to be ashamed of! Head to the Ridgeback Lodge in Kingston, New Brunswick. The lodge is home to the beautiful Dream Dome and Stargazer Domes, where you’ll have a camping experience unlike any you’ve ever had before.
Of course, if you’d rather spend your days exploring and your evenings inside, the Maritimes have plenty of great accommodations throughout the region.
From the slopes to the sleighs, the Maritimes are a winter wonderland. It’s time to embrace the snow and take advantage of everything Canada’s East Coast has to offer. To learn more, check out Explore the Maritimes or start planning your winter adventure today!