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 do our best to update this list each year, but please click through the links to the sources to ensure you have the latest information; we all know how quickly things can change during a Maritime winter! (This post was updated January 2020; we plan to update for 2021, but the links should still help you out if you’re here early.)
Gather the neighbours, your friends, and family and enjoy a sleigh ride this winter. Rotary St-Anselme Park in Dieppe offers rides every Sunday from January 5 until March 29, 2020, starting at 1pm and running until 4pm. The rides last about half an hour and costs $2 per person (children under two are free). (You can also enjoy free sleigh rides at the park on New Year’s Day and Family Day – Feb 17 – from 1-5pm!)
It’s also 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 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!
You can also enjoy rides near Turtle Creek; bookings available by calling 506-387-2018. The cost is a minimum of $50 for up to 10 people (extra charge for larger groups; sleigh can hold 20); rides last 45 minutes to an hour.
Country Sleigh Rides has a Facebook group with a schedule of public rides being offered on Saturdays and Sundays; public group rides are $5/person, and are posted when available. You can also book for a group of up to about 15 people for $100. Call 874-4090 for information and booking; they are in Dundas, about 20 minutes from Moncton.
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 noon until 4pm on Saturdays, and Sundays, and noon until 7pm on Wednesdays. The cost for ski rentals are $15 per adult, $10 for children; the snow shoe rentals are all $10.
You can also rent snow shoe equipment and fat bikes for adults and children at Mapleton Lodge on Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Snow shoe rentals are $10, bikes $25.
You can also rent fat bikes from Mike’s Bike Shop!
There are groomed trails in Moncton’s Irishtown Nature Park that are available for snowshoeing, biking, and walking.
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.
NB Urban Mushing, located near Havelock, has offered dog sled rides in the past. Contact them for details.
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).
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.
Lace up your skates, grab a helmet, and enjoy all the outdoor rinks you can find!
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.
- Lewisville Park (45 Glenmoor Drive)
- Brentwood Park (150 Brentwood Drive)
- Prince Edward Park (25 Burlington Avenue)
- Grove Hamlet (39 Ripplewood Road)
- Canadian Heights Park (35 Chelsea Road)
- Candlewood Park (90 Candlewood Drive)
- Knox Park (75 Knox Drive)
- Maplehurst Park (115 Maplehurst Drive)
- Pauline Frizzell Park (387 Salisbury Road)
- Hamilton Heights (120 Evergreen Drive)
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.
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; some highlights include:
The Superior Propane Centre (55 Russ Howard Drive) offers Parent & Tot skating Monday through Friday from 10am to 11am, and on Sundays from 9:45am to 10:45am. Cost is $2; admission is free on Fridays, but check the schedule to make sure the session hasn’t been cancelled because of a tournament. Public skating ($2) is available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 3:30pm to 4:30pm, and Sundays from 11:45am to 12:45pm.
Parents & Tots can skate at the Crossman Community Centre Kay Arena (99 Wynwood Drive) Mondays, Wednesdays, and most Fridays from 10:15am to 11:15am. Skating on Fridays is free, but check the schedule, as some sessions are cancelled because of tournaments. There is also a free public skate (pending tournament cancellation) on Fridays from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Public skates, $2 admission, are also held on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30pm to 4pm.
Parents & Tots skate free at Riverview’s Byron Dobson rink in Riverview on weekdays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Free child skating sessions for those 12 years old and under are held on Tuesdays from 3:15pm to 4:15pm and Fridays from 4pm to 5:15pm. Youth, ages 18 and under, skate free on Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 4:45pm. The rink has public staking on Saturdays from 3:45pm to 5:15pm and on Sundays from 2:30pm to 4pm; cost is $2 adult, $1 child.
Dieppe’s rink offer lots of opportunities to skate for free until mid-March. At the AJL Centre, family sessions are held Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 3:15pm, and Sundays from 2pm to 3pm. At the Centennial Arena, families skate free on Fridays from 3pm to 4:30pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 2pm. Preschoolers skate free on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:45am to 10:45pm; a preschoolers with sticks session is held Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:45am to 10:45pm.
Free family skating sessions are held at the Shediac Festival Arena on Mondays from 9:30am to 10:30am, on Wednesdays from 9:30am to 10:30am and from 3pm to 3:50pm, Fridays from 9:30am until 10:30am, and on Saturdays from 6:35pm to 7:35pm.
There are open public skates at the Petitcodiac arena on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm tp 2:30pm, and Thursdays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Sunday open skate (from 1pm to 2:30pm) costs $3 for adults, $2 for students, and children six and under are free.
On Monday, preschoolers enjoy a free skate at the Hillsborough rink between 10am and 11am. There are public skating sessions on Fridays from 8pm to 9pm, on Saturdays from 2pm to 3pm and from 8pm to 9pm, and on Sundays from 2:15pm to 3:15pm. Skating sessions are $2/person or $5/family.
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?
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.