The perfect spots where you can ski, snowshoe, or snowmobile right from your front door.
Fight the winter blues with a stay at one of these totally Canadian winter getaways.
The holidays have come and gone. And March Break feels like a lifetime away. Fight the winter doldrums with a stay at one of these totally Canadian winter getaways. You can cross-country ski, snowshoe, or snowmobile right from your front door from these locations, so you really feel like you’re tackling the season head-on.
You’re not a snow lover? We’re betting a few nights at one of these spots will change your mind...
WINTER SHELTERS AT FUNDY NATIONAL PARK
Best for: Nature lovers who don’t want to wait till summer for their park fix.
Fundy National Park has groomed snowshoe, cross-country ski, and fat bike trails throughout the season. This is a great way to explore the beauty of the park under winter’s snowy blanket. Plan on staying the night because there are a few different cosy options. Fundy has 3 nicely secluded rustic cabins, along with winterized oTENTiks and yurts in Headquarters Campground. They all have heating so your toes will be nice and toasty after a day of exploring. If you prefer to sleep a little closer to nature, bring your tent for winter camping.
Fundy National Park
GLAMPING IN A DOME
Best for: Ditching conventional accommodations for a night under the stars.
Imagine glamping in your very own geodesic dome complete with fireplace, and Scandi-chic interior. Yep, it’s as awesome as it sounds. A snowy landscape provides all the more reason to snuggle beneath the stars, but don’t plan on hibernating too long - snowshoe and hiking trails for guests wind through some of those pristine properties. Some also offer snowshoe rentals, and even fine local treats to enjoy in your dome. A wood-fired hot tub to warm up in at the end of the day doesn’t sound so bad either!
Best for: Anyone who loves pulling up to their doorstep by snowmobile.
These lodges are well-known among the snowmobilers who frequent New Brunswick’s Northern Odyssey and various snowmobile trails. The accommodations are as sled-friendly as it gets and you’re pretty much guaranteed a good time. Lodge restaurants welcome riders from near and far, and a jovial atmosphere is standard. Did we mention they’re also located right on the trails? If you were born to ride, these are for you.
COSY CABINS ON THE MIRAMICHI RIVER
Best for: Outdoor enthusiasts who are looking to disconnect
It’s no secret that the Miramichi river is known (even internationally!) as a go-to destination to take in the great outdoors. There is much more to do than go fishing though! During the winter months, this place turns into a winter wonderland, with cosy cabins nestled all along the river banks. It doesn’t get more authentic than log cabins, wood stoves and access to the trails with the winter classics like sliding, skating, snowshoeing and more. Some even offer unique excursions that bring you up close and personal with local wildlife. If you are looking to go off the beaten path, these options will not disappoint.
RELAXING OASIS AT AUBERGE DE LA VALLÉE IN BATHURST
Best for: A nature getaway with a touch of luxury.
Looking for a nature getaway that offers a bit of luxury? Auberge de la Vallée Hotel and Spa has five homey cabins located on a 12-acre property giving you the atmosphere of seclusion, all while being just a short drive from Bathurst city centre.
The best part? The cabins are close proximity to the main building, which means access to all the spa services and amenities during your stay. Fresh air fun is also just steps from your lodging, with winter hiking and snowshoe trails throughout the property.
Auberge de la Vallée
Best for: An authentic winter getaway for the entire family
Located in Kedgwick, Chalets Restigouche is an ideal spot to spend quality time with friends or family and take in the beautiful surroundings. With one and two-storey cottage options, you can accommodate groups of up to 20. They are owned and operated by two sisters from the area who make sure that each stay is perfect. Tubes for sliding and snowshoes are available on site, and can be included with your stay with one of their winter packages. If you’re busy having too much outdoor fun, you can even order pre-made home cooked meals such as lasagna, soup or a breakfast box to bring to your cabin. Your next Appalachian winter adventure starts here.
HERITAGE CABIN AT MOUNT CARLETON PROVINCIAL PARK
Best for: Getting away from it all.
New this year, the Spruce Cabin at Mount Carleton Provincial Park has been winterized and is available to book. Bring your sleeping bags, pillows, food and all the necessities for an off-the-grid experience fully immersed in nature (the cell reception is limited - consider yourself warned!). At the park, you can explore trails, climb up mountains, stargaze in a designated dark sky preserve, and ice fish on Big Nictau Lake (bring your angling license and equipment). Snowmobilers can even ride up to the park via the groomed trail system connecting to the Christmas Mountain and the Northern Odyssey loop.
Mount Carleton Provincial Park
Call 506-235-0793 to book your stay.
BELLEISLE BAYVIEW RETREAT
Best for: Living out your yurt dreams in a secluded natural setting.
This AirBnB overlooks ice-capped Belleisle Bay with just the right combo of rustic luxury and nature. Split your time between the artsy walkout unit, the cosily furnished yurt, and the forest. Take the 15-minute drive to the Midland Ice Caves for a seriously cool winter adventure.
Belleisle Bayview Retreat