For those seeking an unforgettable winter experience, New Brunswick, Canada, just a stone’s throw from Maine, offers a captivating range of unconventional cold-weather activities. Imagine wandering through ice caves straight out of a fairy tale, soaring above snow-covered treetops on a zipline, peacefully ice fishing on a frozen river, or racing through a winter wonderland on a dog sled. New Brunswick is the perfect destination for adventurous travelers looking to break free from the typical and immerse themselves in a unique world of outdoor winter delights. Here are five of the best winter activities in New Brunswick, Canada.

Lighthouse Glamping at Broadleaf Ranch

Broadleaf Ranch, located in the heart of the Bay of Fundy, welcomes visitors to stay and play at their year-round guest ranch which includes the Cape Enrage glamping lighthouse, named after the renowned Cape Enrage lighthouse. The lighthouse accommodation is open year-round, has a $200 CAD rate per night and includes a loft with a double bed, two single pullout sofa beds in the living area and a fully equipped kitchenette and bathroom. Winter guests can fall asleep under the stars and wake to picturesque sunrise views. The ranch also features a variety of on-site activities ranging from winter horseback riding to manicures and pedicures.

Dog sledding at Birch Bark Adventures

With a rich history of dog sledding used as common transportation in northern countries like Canada, the sport a must-try expedition for explorers of the province. In North Tetagouche, roughly three hours from the capital, Birch Bark Adventures offers escorted dog sledding tours for guests. Professional guides introduce participants to the kennel and their pack of Alaskan Huskies and teach basic safety commands before hitting the trails. Dog sled tours are offered year-round and range from a fun solo afternoon starting at $129.99 CAD to a multi-day expedition for $3,899.99 CAD.

Winter Ziplining at Timbertop Zip Tours

Ziplining through a snow-covered forest combines the thrill of flying through the sky with the enchantment of a wintry scenic view. From November to April, travelers can experience this one-of-a-kind adventure by heading to Snider Mountain Ranch, about an hour drive from Saint John. Guides will take attendees to the 13 available zip lines to soar above the forest floor. Afterward, guests can unwind and enjoy the location’s homemade cookies and hot chocolate by a crackling fire. General admission is $69.99 CDN per person.

Ice Fishing with Off the Charts Outfitters

Explorers can bask in New Brunswick’s frosty landscapes while experiencing ice fishing beneath the frozen surface. Off the Charts Outfitters allows travelers of all fishing skill levels the chance to relax and learn the art of ice fishing with professional guides who are trained to target a wide variety of species across New Brunswick. Rates start at $225 CAD per person for an eight-hour full day on the ice and $150 CAD for a five-hour half day, with a 50% discount for children under 16. The excursion is available from January-March, all equipment including live bait is provided with purchase, and a BBQ lunch is offered on the ice.

Hiking to the Midland Ice Caves

Between December and February, explorers can step onto trails blanketed in snow and make their way to the Midland Ice Caves in southern New Brunswick. This hike has a difficulty rating of easy and is perfect for families and solo travelers alike to experience the natural beauty of the caves. Hikers should plan for around 1.5 hours for the journey starting from the Midland Ice Caves trailhead.

published 2023-11-06 19:53:20