We know tourism booms in the summer, but what exactly happens in those “quieter” months in Prince Edward Island? Well, it is actually anything but quiet. There are plenty of exciting winter outdoor recreation opportunities and events to keep your family busy, and all a short drive from Sunset Dunes and Dunrovin Shores.
If you’re someone who enjoys getting knee deep in the snow with a little sense of adventure, PEI will keep you active this winter. Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park is a 10 minute drive from Dunrovin and 18 minutes from Sunset Dunes! The Ski Park features downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoe and fat bike trails as well as tubing runs. If you have a need for speed,
groomed snowmobile trails link across the Island including the Springside trail which can be found passing through Crapaud, 10 minutes from Sunset Dunes and five minutes from Dunrovin. There are two indoor rinks within 20 minutes of both Sunset Dunes and Dunrovin - Southshore Actiplex and Gateway Arena. If that isn’t enough, there are several outdoor rinks and 4-season hiking trails scattered across the island.
There are many events that bring people together in the winter months, one being the Jack Frost Winterfest; a festival with several family friendly activities and entertainment taking place in the Province’s capital, Charlottetown. Charlottetown also hosts the Ice City Festival that gives you over a month of entertainment. Enjoy ice sculptures, buskers, food and music all in the beautiful downtown streets of historic Charlottetown. If you’re looking for some on-ice action, the Island is home to two high level hockey teams, the Summerside Capitals and the Charlottetown Islanders. The Winter Woodlot Tour is a free, family-friendly event that takes place this year near Millvale Road, a 30 minute drive from both Sunset Dunes and Dunrovin Shores. It’s a great way to learn about Island farming and forestry.
Islanders love being out on the ice, and, no, not on an ice flow out in the Strait, but rather the many rinks across the Province. Hockey, ringette and curling are some of the many programs for all ages to enjoy during the winter season. You can participate in these programs at both the South Shore Actiplex in Crapaud and Gateway Arena in Bordon. Want to learn how to ski or snowboard? The Mark Arendz Ski Park has lessons available for all ages and abilities.
For The Non Snow Lovers
If having cold and snow in your boots is not your thing, there’s plenty for you too! WinterDine is a dining festival in Charlottetown with 20+ restaurants participating where you can enjoy 3-course meals for as little as $30. The Island’s Music Week runs the first week of WinterDine where you can combine the best local music with fine dining. If you’re looking for something more quiet and relaxing, PEI also has a number of spas, museums and theatres.
So, whether you’re looking to join a local curling club, or you’re interested in exploring the hills and valleys of PEI on a snowmobile, you are sure to be entertained this winter on PEI.
Not sure where to go first? Here is a map to get you started: