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We may be known for our beaches, but winter on the Southeast coast is just as much fun.

Up and down the Southeast shoreline, we’ve got the ingredients for a great winter vacation clustered in a short, convenient driving distance. From Kouchibouguac, down through Shediac and onward to Sackville, this region is especially great for fresh air adventures, and enjoying the simple things in life (like amazing food, sweet treats, and cosy sleeps). All it takes to do winter on the coast is to book a few days and start making plans.

The Dunes de Bouctouche in the wintertime. Photo credit @eyeforthis
The Dunes de Bouctouche in the wintertime. Photo credit @eyeforthis

For your first stop, how about a wintertime walk to the Dune de Bouctouche for picturesque views and a breath of fresh coastal air. For a more sheltered walk, check out Irving Park Arboretum trails for an easy loop through the park grounds. If you’ve built up your hunger, a visit in Bouctouche is never complete without a meal at Restaurant La Sagouine.

Cosy and relaxed at Creekside RNR in Cocagne. Credit @creeksidernrglamping
Cosy and relaxed at Creekside RNR in Cocagne. Credit @creeksidernrglamping

For accommodations with flair, Creekside RnR in Cocagne has glamping domes set in wintry woodlands along the water. There you will find a local guide who offers ice fishing excursions and plentiful trails that welcome snowshoers and cross-country skiers. And the highlight of it all, is a do-it-yourself mulled cider kit for you to enjoy while you wind down after a great day outdoors.

When Kouchibouguac is your destination, a great spot base for your weekend activities is L’Ancrage B&B Cottages. Located right next to Kouchibouguac National Park, you’ll be winter-ready for all the fresh air adventures.

Getting ready for a snowshoe adventure.
Getting ready for a snowshoe adventure.

It’s hard to beat this park for its stand-out snowshoeing, with over 30 km of marked trails, it’s an easy activity to enjoy the best of winter (all while social distancing). If you’re looking for a little more adventure, the park encourages people to go off the beaten path and snowshoe wherever you wish... Time to go exploring!

Cross-country skiing on the groomed trails at Kouchibouguac National Park.
Cross-country skiing on the groomed trails at Kouchibouguac National Park.

For those who would rather glide, the park is best known for cross-country skiing, with 15 km of groomed trails for both classic and ski skating techniques. Three warm-up shelters are located along the trails, where you’ll find wood stoves and firewood waiting for you - perfect to grab a quick snack and warm up with your ski buddies. And if you’re looking to try something new this year, you’ll also be able to rent fat bikes at the park. Please bring your own helmet as an added COVID-19 protection layer, but helmets will be available if needed.

Starting up a fire in the warm-up shelters.
Starting up a fire in the warm-up shelters.

After a day spent playing in the snow, reward yourself with a comforting meal at the Seaside Grill Restaurant, best known for its generous servings of classic seafood dishes we grew up to love.

A tasty meal with a side of boardgames and fun at Le Moque Tortue Credit @le_moque_tortue
A tasty meal with a side of boardgames and fun at Le Moque Tortue Credit @le_moque_tortue

If you’re looking to spend a little more time indoors, head towards Shediac to experience its cosy side during winter. Stay at Le Griffon B&B. It’s just steps away from Restaurant Le Moque-Tortue and Adorable Chocolat, making it easy to round off a great stay with a great meal and scrumptious chocolate treats. Le Moque-Tortue has a stand-out menu and an even more impressive cocktail list that you’ll surely remember. Why not sip on the ‘Electric Lemonade’ or ‘King of Beachcombing’ to warm up from the cold? Plus, they have Atlantic Canada’s largest accessible collection of board games!

Sledder-friendly accommodation at Séjour Kouchibouguac Resort. Credit @kouchresort
Sledder-friendly accommodation at Séjour Kouchibouguac Resort. Credit @kouchresort

If you’re longing for an epic snowmobiling trip, the Southeast region features breathtaking trails in Bouctouche, Saint-Marie, Saint-Antoine, Sackville and many other spots. And we’ve got snowmobiling-friendly overnight choices, too, at Kouchibouguac Resort, Auberge Bouctouche Inn & Suites, and L’Ancrage B&B.

We know how to do winter on the southeast shore of New Brunswick. Start planning your southeast winter staycation.

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Accommodations

Creekside RnR
Le Moque-Tortue
Le Griffon B&B
L'Ancrage BnB & Cottages
Séjour Kouchibouguac resort
Richibucto River Resort
Parlee beach motel
Auberge Bouctouche Inn & Suites

Outdoor Activities

Kouchibouguac Park
Verger Belliveau Orchard

Food & Drink

La Sagouine
Adorable Chocolat
Seaside Grill Restaurant
Domaine Latitude 46 Estate Winery

Shops

Olivier Soapery
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