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Winter Fun in the Greater Moncton Area

Free outdoor skating, affordable snowshoe rentals, cozy sleigh rides, and more! There’s plenty of outdoor winter fun for every budget and every family in the Greater Moncton Area.

Note: Before heading out, be sure to check on outdoor conditions and cancellations in Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview. The pages should say the last time the information was updated, which should be daily. We also ask you to check provincial & national health guidelines for safety guidelines during the pandemic.

We update this list each year, but not regularly throughout the season. (This post was updated February 2021.)

Winter Trails: Walking, Snowshoeing, and Cross Country Skiing

You can enjoy snowshoeing and cross country skiing at Centennial Park; equipment for both adults and children is available to rent. Rentals are available from 11:30am – 5:30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, and from 10am-5pm on Saturdays & Sundays. The cost for ski rentals are $20 per adult, $10 for children; the snow shoe rentals are all $10. (Weekday rentals are 50% off, thanks to the City of Moncton!)

You can also rent snow shoe equipment and fat bikes for adults and children at Mapleton Lodge on Mondays & Sundays from 11:30am – 5:30pm. Snow shoe rentals are $10, bikes $20. (You can also rent a fat bike for a week for $150.)

There are groomed trails in Moncton’s Irishtown Nature Park that are available for snowshoeing, biking, and walking.

Rotary St-Anselme Park has trails that are available for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and walking. Dover Park’s walking trail is accessible during the winter.

In Riverview, there are groomed cross country trails in Mill Creek Nature Park, behind the Bridgedale Community Centre, as well as marked snowshoe trails. You can also enjoy the Dobson Trail in winter.

Fundy National Park is open from sunrise to sunset during the winter, with park activities including cross-country skiing, birding, snowshoeing, and winter camping.

Kouchibouquac Park is also open all winter, with activities including Geocaching, Sliding / Tobogganing on Patterson Hill, two winter walking trails, snowshoeing, camping, and new this winter, three trails for fat biking. The park also has 15km of cross-country trails, groomed for both classic and ski skating styles.

For something a little different, why not book a walk with a llama or a camel? Llama-zing Adventures offers year-round options!

NB Urban Mushing, located near Havelock, has offered dog sled rides in the past. Contact them for details.

You might also want to book a trip through Maritime Detours, including one of their very popular trips to the Midland ice caves! You can also book sessions to learn to snowshoe with them, and more.

Sliding Hills in & around Greater Moncton

Tobogganing is one of the easiest winter sports of all! Every neighbourhood has its favourite hills, but there are a few municipally-approved toboggan runs at Centennial Park in Moncton and Rotary St-Anselme Park in Dieppe. In Riverview, head to Winter Wonderland Park, on Quinn Court (off Gunningsville Boulevard).

Our kids love sliding at Highland Park in Salisbury! We’ve even seen some teens practicing their snowboarding skills here.

Some other popular spots include behind St. Louis de France Church in Lewisville, at Claude D. Taylor School in Riverview, and at Pascal Poirier Park and Rotary Park (by the Big Lobster) in Shediac. You can search for sliding hills – and suggest your own recommendations – on the Great Canadian Tobogganing Map.

In Fundy Park, check out the Headquarters Tobogganing Hill, and if you’re at Kouchibouquac Park, Patterson Hill is a great spot for sliding, though it is a long walk (2km) to reach the site.

Outdoor Skating around Moncton

Lace up your skates, grab a helmet, and enjoy all the outdoor rinks you can find!

In Moncton, enjoy skating on the Ian Fowler Oval at Avenir Centre (open 10am-10pm), as well as in Centennial Park. (One rink in the park is designated for skating, while the other is for hockey.)

There is an outdoor rink behind the Rotary Pavilion at Mapleton Park, as well as one at Victoria Park. The City of Moncton also partners with neighbourhood volunteers to create skating rinks in some community parks.

The City requires helmets be worn while skating.

Riverview’s Winter Wonderland outdoor park also includes a skating oval. Helmets are recommended.

Dieppe maintains two outdoor rinks at Rotary St-Anselme Park (one for skating, one for games) and the oval behind City Hall (no sticks or pucks allowed here). Skating on the oval at Place 1604 is permitted daily between 10am and 9:30pm; please note that the ice is closed between 1-1:30pm and again from 5-5:30pm for maintenance. You can borrow skates and helmets (required for children 12 and under, recommended for others) on site Fridays (6-9pm), Saturdays & Sundays (noon-4pm) until March 6, 2020. They will also be available on New Year’s Day and Family Day from noon until 4pm.

Salisbury has an outdoor skating rink, open daily depending on weather; check the Facebook page for updates. It is located on Douglas Avenue, just off Main Street.

Petitcodiac has an outdoor rink at the end of Maple Street in the Village.

Shediac has a skating oval at Pascal Poirier Park for all to enjoy!

Indoor Skating in Greater Moncton

For the days when the weather has a bit too much of Jack Frost’s touch, there are lots of indoor skating rinks – many with free ice times! You can find our updated list of public skating times here.

FREE Indoor Skating Times for 2020/2021

  • Monday: Hillsborough preschoolers 10am-11am; Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm; Dieppe’s UNIplex 3:15-4:15pm
  • Tuesday: Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm
  • Wednesday: Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm; Dieppe’s AJL 3-4pm
  • Thursday: Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm
  • Friday: Superior Propane Centre 10am-11am; Crossman Community Centre Kay Arena 10:15am-11:15am & 3:30pm-4:30pm *unless there are tournament bookings; please check the schedule; Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm
  • Sunday: Petitcodiac 1pm-2:30pm ($2/skater, free for ages five & under); Dieppe’s AJL 2-3pm; Dieppe’s UNIplex 3:45-4:45p,

Ski Hills near Moncton

Poley Mountain in Sussex offers plenty of opportunities for family fun. The hill offers Hot Tot lessons for children 6 and under (and equipment rentals, too!), as well as childcare options (must be pre-booked). Watch for Family packages available on certain weekends!

If you’re up for a day trip, you can head to Crabbe Mountain and test out the Maritimes’ highest vertical. The hill is minutes from Fredericton and boasts 27 alpine trails and glades, with something for all levels of skiing ability.

Other New Brunswick ski hills include Mont Farlagne in Edmundston (tubing hills with a lift!) and Sugarloaf Provincial Park in Atholville (11 downhill ski trails and groomed cross-country ski trails laid out around Prichard Lake). Why not plan a weekend family getaway?

Sleigh Rides near Moncton

Gather the neighbours, your friends, and family and enjoy a sleigh ride this winter!

  • Rotary St-Anselme Park in Dieppe generally offers paid rides each Sunday January until March, with some free options on special occassions. (Might not be available in 2021.) It has been possible to book private rides; contact 877-7904 to inquire. The cost is $150 for a 30 minute ride; you can also rent a room on site for a reduced rate of $35/hour if booking a group ride. What a great winter birthday party idea!
  • Broadleaf Ranch generally offers several winter activities including horseback rides, sleigh rides, sliding, skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. You can also book to stay overnight; another great birthday adventure or mini-getaway!
  • In past years, you could enjoy rides near Turtle Creek; bookings available by calling 506-387-2018.
  • Country Sleigh Rides has a Facebook group and is offering sleigh ride options in 2021. Call 874-4090 for information and booking; they are in Dundas, about 20 minutes from Moncton.

INSIDE OPTIONS

Some days you just want to stay indoors! Check out our MEGA LIST of Things to Do with the Kids in Moncton for links to all the great local options, including trampoline parks, kid-friendly museums, movie specials, and more.

You might also want to check out the indoor walking tracks at Crossman Community Centre/Kay Arena & Moncton Coliseum. Both are offered free by the City of Moncton & are open during Orange Phase with a limit on the number of walkers; masks are mandatory indoors.

 

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