5 ways to enjoy Charlotte County like a local – the winter edition

snowshoe tracks leading toward the sea on ministers Island

When it comes to winter, we really have it made here in the Charlotte Coastal Region. Thanks to the coastal currents, we often have milder temperatures than other parts of New Brunswick. The summer tourist rush is gone, leaving you with true solitude as you explore the great trails and sights of the region, refreshing your mind and spirit. When storms blow, you can cozy up with a blazing fire and a good book! Here are five ways you can enjoy our region like a local this winter.

5. Share a Great Meal and a Beverage

pint of beer next to a knitted hat

Whether it’s a classic burger at Carmen’s, fresh coffee at Honeybeans or Something’s Brewing, or a more upscale meal at Braxton’s, the Rossmount Inn or The 5 Kings, It’s always a treat to get out and enjoy something delicious with a friend.

4. Join in a Curling Bonspiel

curling rock sitting in the house

Nothing says Canada more than the noble sport of curling. Unlike many sports, you don’t need much equipment, skill or knowledge to have fun and play. Local clubs often have fun bonspiels and new player evenings, so head down to the club and learn how to throw a corner guard and hurry hard!

3. Hit the Snowmobile Trail

snowmobiles parked in front of a warming shack

You can travel throughout the region, from McAdam to St. Stephen to Pocologan, all via groomed and maintained snowmobile trails. Many locals spend their weekends cruising the backwoods with their friends – see parts of the region that you can’t see in the summer! You can learn more from the NB Snowmobile Association. 

2. Hit the Ice -Catch a Hockey Game or go Skating

Hockey player helping young skater

Many local folks spend hours inside of our arenas and rinks, cheering on hockey players of all ages and abilities. Check local arenas for games and tournaments, including the Junior A St. Stephen Aces! You can also try skating out for yourself at one of the many public skating events.

1. Walk in a Winter Wonderland

snowshoe tracks leading toward the sea on ministers Island

Bundle up, pack a few snacks and a warm thermos of hot chocolate, and head out onto our trails. Snowshoes, cross country skis, or a good pair of warm boots can take you into breathtaking forests and stunning sea views. Be sure to dress for the weather and let people know your plans before you head out! Some of our favourite spots – Ministers Island, Ganong Nature Park, Spednic Lake, Roosevelt Campobello International Park, and Pea Point!