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 last updated January 2019.)
Gather the neighbours, your friends, and family and enjoy a sleigh ride this winter. Rotary St-Anselme Park in Dieppe offers rides every Sunday until March 24, 2019, starting at 1pm and running until 4pm. The rides last about half an hour and costs $2 per person (children under two are free). It’s also possible to book private rides; contact 877-7904 to enquire. The cost is $150 for a 30 minute ride; you can also rent a room on site for a reduced rate of $30/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 871-0663. The cost is a minimum of $50.
Country Sleigh Rides has a Facebook group with a schedule of public rides being offered; you can also book for a group of up to about 20 adults and children. Group rides are $5/person; 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 10am until 4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The cost for ski rentals are $10 per adult, $5 for children; the snow shoe rentals are all $5.
You can also rent snow shoe equipment and fat bikes for adults and children at Mapleton Park on Sundays from noon to 5pm. Snow shoe rentals are $5, 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, offers dog sled rides. Contact them for details, but it generally runs around $150 for a group of up to six or eight people.
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 (once they open for the season)!
There is an outdoor rink behind the Rotary Pavilion at Mapleton Park, as well as one at Victoria Park.
Riverview’s Winter Wonderland outdoor park also includes a skating oval.
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!
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.