Family cross country skiing
Winter Activity

Bundle up and get out there!

While many of you will be on this site looking for information for visiting Prince Edward Island in the beautiful summer or colourful autumn seasons, there is fun to be had year round on PEI.

Coming up very soon is the Jack Frost WinterFest in Charlottetown. This event is apparently the largest winter festival east of Quebec City. I know we have nothing like this in Halifax, that’s for sure. For 4 days (February 15th to 18th) you can enjoy both room temperature events and those a little chillier. Outdoor events are held at the Outdoor Snow Kingdom and include such things as a Coastal Tube Run, an interactive outdoor winter playground, ice slides, an obstacle course, creations from the Canadian Ice Sculpting team, snow play zones and more. For those who prefer something a little warmer there is the Indoor Playland and Live Family Stage for non-stop family entertainment. To get all of the details, check out the Jack Frost WinterFest website.

Many people love to cross country ski on the province’s many hiking and biking trails. Even the National Park is accessible during the winter and this article will provide you with information for enjoying the park in the off season.

Man on beach in winter looking out at ocean.
Credit : TPEI / Dave Brosha

While facilities such as washrooms and change rooms are closed between Thanksgiving Day and Victoria Day, many of the roads are snow cleared so you may access trails for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, etc. While it may not be a day at the beach, the winter allows you to see and do things that are not possible during the summer months. Bundle up and enjoy!

And if cross country skiing doesn’t appeal to you, maybe fatbiking is something you should try. Fatbiking is a variation of mountain biking with low pressure tires used for soft or unstable terrain such as mud or snow. On route 13, approximately half way between the Crapaud and Hunter River is the Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale. Here you’ll find 10KM of groomed fatbike trails. This link will take you to a map of the trails as well as the winter fatbike riding etiquette.

If fatbiking isn’t your thing, the Ski Park also has alpine and nordic skiing as well as tubing, snow shoeing and biathlon (a sport that combines cross country skiing and rifle shooting).

In addition to the Ski Park, there are two other places on PEI where you can participate in biathlon. On the western end of the island, you’ll find biathlon available at the Mill River Resort and with the Souris Striders, on the island’s eastern end.

Why so many places to do biathlon? The 2009 Canada Summer Games were held in Prince Edward Island and surplus funds from hosting that event were put into the 2009 Canada Games Dreams and Champions Legacy Trust. This trust fund was established “as a permanent endowment for the development of athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and amateur sport organizations, and additionally, to support the programming of new venues constructed for the 2009 Canada Games hosted in the Province of Prince Edward Island”.

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