Say Yes To New Adventures
Make the Most of Prince Edward Island's Winter Wonderland.
As fireworks light up the sky across the world it heralds a new year. New hopes are forged while many reflect on the year that has gone by so quickly.
For many of us we start the year with the best of intentions to get fit, explore more, and stress less. Ahhh if only intentions pulled away the pounds.
With winter well and truly amongst us it’s easy to come up with an excuse to stay indoors, so we thought we would give you some inspiration to pull on your mittens and head outdoors for an adventure.
Located approximately 30 minutes from The Cottage is Mill River Golf Course. And while it’s a little too nippy for a round of golf there is an abundance of winter-themed activities on offer. The course conveniently doubles as the perfect setting for cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails. And if you don’t have all the gear for these activities you can hire these onsite.
To view the prices please click here.
Brookvale Provincial Ski Park
If you bundle in the car and head an hour east you’ll find Brookvale Provincial Ski Park around an hour away from The Cottage. The park has a lot on offer with activities including cross-country and alpine skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.
If you have always wanted to hit the slopes but aren’t sure how to get started you can get the snowball rolling with one click here.
There is a range of classes available for all ages.
Download the Brookvale Snow Shoe Map
Bonshaw Provincial Park
Bonshaw Provincial Park has a trail system covering 25 kilometres. There is many shorter trails that vary in length and intensity connected to the main trail.
Bonshaw is an excellent spot to snowshoe or get out the cross-country skis.
A public Facebook group has arranged an event for anyone that wants to join them for a morning of snowshoeing. To find out more please click here.
Click here to download the Bonshaw Hills Trail Map
Something a little less strenuous
If you are more of a gym-goer and would prefer to get outside for something less strenuous but equally as fun here are some options that might be more suitable for you.
There are a number of farms on the Island that offer sleigh rides throughout the winter months.
Great Northern Adventures
The team at Great Northern Adventures offer sleigh rides through the winter months and to warm up afterwards there are fire pits and hot chocolate.
924 Fort Augustus Rd, Charlottetown
Potts Farm, Bonshaw
This third generation farm started doing sleigh rides in 1975 when owner Noel was asked if he could take a small birthday party group for a sleigh ride. The idea took off, with the family’s winter months soon revolving around the sleigh ride operation.
439 Bonshaw Road, Argyle Shore
Phone: (902) 675-2794
Phone: (902) 894 7558
Snowmobiling on the Confederation Trail
When Prince Edward Island's railway was abandoned in 1989 Islanders were quick to notice a unique opportunity. The idea of a shared use walking and cycling trail in the summer and a snowmobile trail in the winter was born.
The Confederation Trail stretches 435 kilometres and goes from one end of the Island to the other. The closest section of the trail to Birch Hill is the O’Leary to Wellington section. A map can be downloaded here. http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/tour_confed_gui.pdf. The trail is classified as easy to moderate, so if you are after something a little more challenging you might want to go a little further between Wellington to Hunter River.
And if you want a taste of a bit of everything there is a free family fun day being organized by watershed organizations from the Hunter-Clyde, Wheatley, and West Rivers, along with the PEI Department of Communities, Land and Environment, below is the details.
Family Fun Day
Learn more about Island wildlife, forest eco-sytems and sustainable woodlot use while having a little fun.
When: Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Strathgartney Equestrian Park, 18 Strathgartney Road, Bonshaw
- Sleigh rides
- Guided trail walks
- Chain saw clinic
- Birds of prey
- Maple syrup demonstration
For more information please click here.