Monday, January 23, 2017

10 Winter Activities in Northern New Brunswick

10 Winter Activities in Northern New Brunswick
Last week is deemed to be the most depressing week of the year - not exactly an upbeat way to start a blog post, right?! Don't worry, it gets better!

For a variety of reasons including the winter blues and presidential inaugurations many people (myself included) were left feeling less than awesome last week. I only put this all together when discussing with one of my friends and colleagues on Friday and we both concluded we decide our own destiny and how we feel. Essentially there is no point to dwell on the "depressing" season or situation as it may be but instead take those lemons life has handed us and make lemonade (or do marghueritas, whichever suits your fancy).

Here are some suggestions for ways to make your days a little brighter with some of my favourite things to do in Northern New Brunswick this winter:
10 Winter Activities in Northern New Brunswick

1. Skating in Belledune- there is public skating every Sunday evening from 6pm to 7pm for $2/person...no that is not a typo... $2! You can't beat that! 

2. Take to the trails - there are so many trails in Northern New Brunswick I cannot possibly list them all... the ones that make the top of my list are:
- Unadvertised, but absolutely awesome cross country ski-trail/snow shoe trail/walking trail in Belledune. Ask a local for directions to one of the starting points and enjoy the 4+km treck. There are rest stops along the trail and even a place to enjoy a campfire.
- Daley Park in Bathurst
- Charlo trails
-Atlas Park in Pointe-Verte

3. Walk the beach - This might not be what most of us think of doing in the winter, but as someone who lives along the shore and looks out onto the beach/water year round I can attest that there is a certain calming effect and sense of warmth walking through the sand in snow boots.

4. Paint a picture - Paint nights are becoming extremely popular; Northern New Brunswick is no exception with the ladies at The Tipsy Artist hosting paint nights regularly. Join their Facebook group to be notified of upcoming events. Side Note: This is also a great excuse for a Mom's night out!
10 Winter Activities in Northern New Brunswick

5. Go to a Titan hockey game - they have awesome family packages for Sunday afternoon games to make this an affordable option and offers entertainment for all ages!

6. Enjoy local festivals - Festival des Siffleux (Beresford), Sno-Fest (Campbellton), Ice Carnival (Shippagan), etc.

7. Sleigh Ride - I have to admit I haven't done this since I was a kid, but it is on the list of activities to take advantage of this winter! We plan to try out Sunny Side Sleigh Rides before the spring.

8. Sliding at Sugarloaf Park - sliding is one of those activities that everyone considers to be a child's activity... until you go sliding as an adult and realize all the fun you've been missing out on! Sugarloaf Park is one of our favourite places to go hiking in the summer/fall months, but it is a pretty neat spot for winter activities as well!

9. Sugar Shack - Fresh maple syrup and maple EVERYTHING! Writing this is making me crave a "licherie" from Surerie Chiasson in Paquetville, NB

10. Enjoy the snow - in Northern New Brunswick we often refer to the snow as white gold since it attracts many tourists to our region. People come from all over the maritimes and beyond to enjoy our top ranked snow mobile trails and hospitality. Take advantage of this white fluffy stuff... build a snowman, make snow angels, etc. (Side Note: It makes children sleep REALLY well when they've been outside! Another perk... haha)

Let me know what other activities we can try this winter and be sure to share this post with anyone looking for some winter activity ideas :)

My shoes for that: SOREL plus winter carnival boots (and yes, I have used these boots before in a different color, but they really are the BEST winter activity boots out there...and they're on sale right now!)

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  1. I love my Sorels - have had them for many years and they are still in perfect condition!

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