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Winter Carnival Fun in Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview, and More!

February might be a short month, but it is JAM PACKED with community winter carnivals – from Salisbury to Shediac, Sackville to Memramcook, and throughout the Greater Moncton Area, we have them all!

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(This post was updated in early February 2021, when New Brunswick’s Zone 1 (the Greater Moncton Area) was in a red pandemic phase. Please be aware of current regulations around community events & activities. You can follow the links to check the sources for updates, weather cancellations, etc.)

Riverview‘s Winter Carnival kicks off on February 5th with a snow gnome challenge that is super fun! You can hear about it on our podcast & watch for our experience to be shared here soon. The challenge also has a competitive creative category, as well as an option to simply join in with whatever you wish to create! This year’s socially-distanced carnival also features a virtual bonfire, Hubcap Comedy Festival online shows, online storytime with the library, online paint night with That Art Thing, & more. Find the full list with links for attending here. Pickle Planet is proud to be a returning communications partner/sponsor for Riverview Winter Carnival.

PS: Be sure to like Riverview Winter Carnival on Facebook for all the amazing snow photos to come! 

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Shediac traditionally celebrates its annual Winter Carnival during the last days of January and into early February. Some of the best options for family fun usually include the annual Groundhog Day visits from festival mascot Bonhomme Coueche, a family ice fishing tournament, outdoor concert and bonfire, skating, and much more! For the 43rd Shediac Winter Carnival (February 3 – 7, 2021), the community has planned a take-home groundhog craft, a snowman competition (watch for entries on the Town’s Facebook page!), a celebration of seafood chowder with local restaurants (YUM!), & radio bingo.

Dieppe’s Winter Carnival traditionally takes place in early February, with lots of family-friendly fun at Place 1604 & Rotary Park. For 2021, the City is posting Festive February prompts on social media, including asking for your votes for the best local hot chocolate.

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The City of Moncton doesn’t coordinate a Winter Carnival, but you can find a list of ideas for enjoying the season in the city on their Experience Moncton tourism page.

Salisbury’s Winter Carnival normally revolves around community events in the amazing Highland Park, including sleigh rides, dog sled rides, maple candy, Beavertails, and more. For 2021, the Village is encourage a whole month of embracing winter activities within your bubble. Check the Village’s Parks & Leisure Department’s page for ideas & updates.

Sackville is hoping to host its annual Winterfest from February 18 -21, 2021. Events will be cancelled if Zone 1 remains in red phase at this time. There’s skating, snowshoeing, family day at Beech Hill park, family scavenger hunts, virtual cross country ski race, & more listed on Sackville’s Winterfest program.

Petitcodiac traditionally hosts a children’s dance, pancake breakfast, outdoor fun, & more for their Winter Carnival weekend. For 2021 updates on winter activities, check the Petitcodiac Recreation department’s Facebook page.

Memramcook celebrates its Winter Carnival in mid-February, including the annual extreme skate race – which is cancelled for 2021, but organizers are talking about 2022! There is a take-home craft & magic show listed on the village’s Facebook page for 2021.

Cap-Pelé traditionally hosts a community Winter Carnival. This year, there’s a fun Snowflake Hunt to enjoy.

And don’t forget – Monday, February 15 is Family Day in 2021!

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