Things to do in Saint John this Winter
From family fun to historical sites and everything in between — if you’re searching for a winter escape, you’ve come to the right place.
The colder weather may have you wishing you could hibernate, but a visit to Saint John, New Brunswick is all you will need to cure the winter blues. With plenty of activities for the entire family, you’ll find yourself wishing you could spend all of winter in this lovely port city. And with convenient crossings between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the mv Fundy Rose is the perfect vessel to get you there!
Family Fun That Totally Rocks
Looking for a little outdoor adventure? Make your way to Rockwood Park. Here, you’ll find winter fun for everyone, including plenty of groomed walking trails to explore, and skating on Lily Lake (don’t forget to warm up with some hot chocolate at Lily’s Lakeside Casual Dining when you’re done!). You can even rent snowshoes for an unforgettable outdoor excursion. Plus, if you’re an explorer at heart, Rockwood Park is a geocacher’s paradise! Whether on your own, or as part of an organized trip with Inside Out Nature Centre, there are plenty of winter treasures here that are waiting to be discovered.
Discover a Little Museum Magic
On the coldest winter days, there’s nothing better than exploring a museum to learn something new. And at the New Brunswick Museum, you’ll find permanent exhibitions covering local art, history, nature, and more. If we had to choose, our favourite is probably the Hall of Great Whales, where you can learn more about the different whale species found in the Bay of Fundy, check out enormous life-sized models, and hear stories of these fantastic underwater giants. Needless to say, you’re sure to have a whale of a time! Before your visit, be sure to check the museum’s website for information on the latest temporary exhibits on display — there’s always something exciting and new passing through!
Mark the Market on Your Must-See List
Looking to escape the cold? Look no further than Saint John City Market. Having served the community since 1876, this is the oldest continuous farmers market in Canada! Today, the market is home to local farmers, merchants, and above all — loyal customers. Stroll its aisles and discover delicious snacks and drinks while you take in the building’s incredible architecture — which survived the fires of 1877 that swept the city. If you arrive early in the morning (or stay until closing time), you’ll hear the daily ringing of the market bell — a tradition almost as old as the market itself!
It’s Showtime at the Imperial Theatre
If you’re searching for the perfect date night activity, then you’ve come to the right place. Saint John’s Imperial Theatre hosts many events all winter long that are always crowd-pleasers. Since 1913, New Brunswick natives and those passing through have come to see the exceptional shows put on by the theatre — including live performances, galas, film festivals, and a plethora of other incredible events. Check out the upcoming schedule and you’ll agree — the theatre has something for everyone.
Cheer on the Sea Dogs
If you’re a hockey fan, there’s no better way to spend some time in Saint John than by cheering on the Saint John Sea Dogs at the TD Station! Since joining the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2005, the Sea Dogs have had quite a history. They’ve won three President’s Cup championships and were the first team from Atlantic Canada to capture the Memorial Cup! These days, there are plenty of exciting young players wearing the Sea Dogs jersey — some of whom you might see in the NHL before long. This is your chance to be able to tell your friends, “I saw him play before he was an all-star!”
Foodie Fun is on the Menu
If you’re hungry to check out culinary culture in Saint John, you’re visiting at the perfect time. That’s because Chop Chop Winter Restaurant Week is taking place February 17-23. During this special event, you can sample unique menu items from more than 20 participating restaurants located in uptown Saint John. Throughout the week, these restaurants will be offering special two-course lunches, three-course dinners, and smaller Chop Chop Plates, all at great prices. Best of all, $1 from every dish sold will be donated to Lunch Connection — a program that provides free hot lunches to deserving children and youth throughout the city. Good meals for a good cause, what could be better?
Hurry (Hurry Hard!) to Brooms & Brews
For many Maritimers, curling and local beers go together like peanut butter and jelly. So that’s why, whether you’re visiting our region for the first time, or are an East Coaster looking for a taste of home, you’ll want to join the folks at Uncorked Tours for Brooms & Brews. Taking place on February 15 and March 28 at the Carleton Curling Club, Brooms & Brews is the perfect opportunity to sample local craft beers while curling with your closest friends. Trainers will be on hand to help you learn the ropes, and if you’re more interested in curling than craft beers, don’t worry — there are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages available as well!