When most people think of PEI, they think of sunny skies, warm summer days, and sandy beaches. PEI is mostly associated with being a seasonal location, a place that is only beautiful and worth exploring in the summer. However, this could not be more false! Sure, it is lovely in July and August and there are so many things to do. But, what if we told you that there is still lots of adventure awaiting during the rest of the year as well?
Winter especially is a time when people ask “what is there to do around here?”. It may surprise people to know that there are, in fact, many fun things to pass the time on PEI in the winter months. From winter sports to cozy family time, there is something for everyone and every activity level.
Cavendish Winter Activity Hub
New this year, the Cavendish Winter Activity Hub is an area of dedicated trails within the PEI National Park. The trails will be maintained and groomed to be used for snowshoeing, walking, and fat biking. Equipment rentals will be available on-site if needed. The Hub will be open Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Islander Day (February 21) from 10am-4pm between January 15th and March 20th, 2022. More information can be found on the Parks Canada website.
Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale
Did you know that PEI has a ski park? Though small, Brookvale is a great spot to get outdoors and get active! They have hills for downhill skiing, trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and hills for tubing. Remember that accessibility is dependent on weather conditions so be sure to check on trail status before heading out. Due to current construction, some areas at the park are being delayed in opening until February. Updates are available on their website and Facebook page.
Take a Staycation
There are still many accommodations for overnight stays open on PEI this time of year. Keep it basic with a night at a hotel just to “get away”, or try something different, like a treepod or yurt, for a fun adventure. Take a little romantic night out with your significant other or a fun weekend with the whole family. There are also some Bed and Breakfasts and Inns open and taking reservations. For a list of available accommodations and packages, visit the Tourism PEI website.
Winter Woodlot Tour
This fun and unique activity is an awesome way to get outside, get active, and learn about the dynamic environmental climate of PEI. The tour is organized by local watershed groups and alternates locations each year in order to showcase a different area. The 2022 tour will be in Bredalbane on February 5 from 9am-1pm. For more information, visit the Winter Woodlot Tour website.
Hop on a Sleigh Ride
Nothing says winter like getting bundled up and taking a cozy sleigh ride with your loved ones. There are quite a few spots on PEI that offer sleigh rides from tip to tip. Most places do require pre-booking and have limited spaces available in order to adhere to COVID-19 regulations. Be sure to dress nice and warm and bring along a big blanket to get under and stay toasty. To find a location, check out this great list from To Do Canada.
Even in the dead of winter, there is something fun to do on PEI. It is so important to get out of the house and do something enjoyable, especially during these cold winter months. PEI always has so many things that are worth checking out, whether you are a local or a visitor. In these unprecedented times when we cannot travel far, it is so wonderful to be able to explore in our own backyard.
What things do you like to do for fur during the winter? Is there a great activity you enjoy that we missed? Let us know in the comments! Happy Winter!