Five Reasons to #ExploreNB this Snow Season
NEW BRUNSWICK (January 2017) – With the highest snowfall in the Canadian Maritimes, winter in New Brunswick delivers a number of reasons for travelers to come out of hibernation and enjoy the province’s cold weather culture. From snow-filled outdoor adventures to festivals, here are just five ways to discover real winter in New Brunswick.
Ridgeback Lodge, located less than an hour north of Saint John on the Bay of Fundy, couples seeking a romantic escape in nature can cozy up in one the property’s glamping domes. Covered by a white blanket of snow in winter, each Dream Dome features a roaring woodstove, kitchenette, bathroom with glass shower, king or queen bed and a private outdoor wood-fired hot tub. With nearly three miles of snowshoe trails on site, Ridgeback Lodge also offers half-day snowshoe rentals to explore the surrounding forests. Rates for the Dream Domes start at $155 CAD per night. Nearby, Elmhurst Outdoors offers six groomed cross-country ski trails and additional snowshoeing experiences; day passes and equipment rentals available.
Curling and Craft Beer
On January 27, the historic Officers’ Square in the capital city of Fredericton is transformed into a full-scale curling sheet for the annual NB HopSpiel event. Combining curling with craft beer and cider, HopSpiel is hosted by the organizers of The Fredericton Craft Beer Festival and includes a public bonfire, a chili challenge, outdoor curling competitions and local craft beverages. Price to participate is $240 CAD per team or $60 CAD per person. NB HopSpiel is one of the many events taking place during FROSTival, Atlantic Canada’s largest winter celebration. With more than 100 events including indoor and outdoor winter activities and cultural experiences, FROSTival runs three weekends from January 18 – February 4, 2018. A variety of hotels in Fredericton offer special deals during FROSTival, such as the Crowne Plaza Fredericton, conveniently located within walking distance of all of the downtown events, including HopSpiel. FROSTival rates at the Crowne start at $134 CAD per night.
Biking on Snow
Fat Biking in New Brunswick, CanadaBiking enthusiasts are invited to New Brunswick’s snowy backcountry to experience one of the fastest-growing trends in cycling, fat biking. At Kouchibouguac National Park, cyclists will find nearly 10 miles of dedicated, groomed fat bike trails that curve throughout the park’s Acadian forest. Bike rentals at Kouchibouguac National Park are available by the hour, half-day or full-day and start at $10 CAD. Fundy National Park also offers 11 miles of groomed terrain ideal for fat bikes.
A for Adventure Winter DogSledding Allardville (5)Outdoor adventurers looking for a different and exhilarating way to experience New Brunswick’s winter wilderness are turning to the dogs. Located southwest of the Acadian village of Allardville in the Northeast region of the province, Snow Dog Adventures offers a variety of sledding experiences led by a team of swift and enthusiastic pups. Options range from introductory 40-minute rides for $80 CAD per person or dog mushing under the stars for $160 CAD per person, to multi-day adventures with local cuisine and accommodations.
The Northern Odyssey Loop
With nearly 5,000 miles of groomed trails maintained by the New Brunswick Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, New Brunswick is a mecca for snowmobiling. The Northern Odyssey Loop leads snowmobilers on 932 miles of various trails through snow-dusted forests, along some of the Maritimes’ tallest mountains, wind-swept coastlines and winding rivers. The loop offers direct access to the famous Christmas Mountains and communities such as Miramichi, the Acadian Peninsula, Bathurst, Campbellton and Edmundston. Warming huts and gas stations are located along the trails, and snowmobilers can ride right up to popular accommodations like Atlantic Host Hotel and Moose Valley Sporting Lodge.
Snowmobile duo New Brunswick, CanadaSnowmobilers on Trail #17 near Kedgwick in northern New Brunswick can head to Chalets Restigouche for a night of rest before heading back out on the trails. The property features nine comfortable log cottages near the river, a family restaurant and campground. Chalets Restigouche’s snowmobile package includes one night in a log cottage and breakfast to go the next morning. Rates start at $36 CAD per person; four person minimum per cottage.
Situated along Trail #42 in central NB, Wilson’s Sporting Camps offers snowmobilers a gateway to miles of breathtaking wilderness, as well cold weather fun for the whole family. This winter, Wilson’s Sporting Camps offers a family of four vacation package which includes two-nights in a cozy four-bed cottage, skating on an outdoor rink, a wilderness snow-shoeing tour, and hot chocolate prepared over the outdoor fire-pit. Price starts at $495.00 per package, based on four people.
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