Here in the Destination Nackawic region, we know a thing or two about winter. And while some people might see snow and cold temperatures as a negative, we believe that there’s a lot to love about our winters! If you’re thinking about making a move to or just visiting our neck of the woods, here are just a few of the reasons why winter-lovers will feel right at home here in Destination Nackawic. 


1. The Snowfall is Abundant and Reliable 

One of the biggest worries among winter lovers is whether they will be able to enjoy their favourite snow activities. After all, what good is a ski hill if there’s no snow on the ground? Fortunately, you’ll never have to worry about that in the Destination Nackawic region. The mountain and snow conditions in our region are what skiers’ and snowboarders’ dreams are made of. Heavy snowfall is common throughout the region during winter months and with that comes premium conditions for a variety of winter activities. Destination Nackawic experiences consistent temperatures that are cold enough to prevent snow from melting, yet warm enough to keep you from freezing on the chair lift or on your snowmobile. The low moisture content and structure of powder following a drastic snowfall gives skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers the sense they’re floating over the snow. Come and experience the magical feeling of fresh gliding over “pow” for yourself! 


2. Top-Notch Ski Hill 

Are you an avid skier or snowboarder? Well, you’ll be happy to know that Destination Nackawic is home to some of the best skiing and snowboarding terrain in the Maritimes. As the alpine skiing venue for the 2023 Canada Winter Games, it’s true testament to the quality of Crabbe Mountain. Crabbe is known for having the highest vertical descent in Atlantic Canada sitting at 260 meters (853 feet) high. The mountain also features extremely well-maintained trails, glade runs through the woods, a chairlift, jumps and rails, ski and snowboard camps, private lessons, the Thirsty Boot Pub, and a brand-new lodge that you’ll absolutely want to check out! If you’re visiting the mountain, it’s located in Central Hainesville, just a quick 45-minute drive from Fredericton, New Brunswick’s capital city. You could be even closer to this winter luxury if you make the move to the Destination Nackawic region. Come and join this tight-knit skiing and snowboarding community! 


3. Extensive Snowmobile Trail Network 

If you’re into snowmobiling, Destination Nackawic is home to a vast network of provincial and local snowmobile trails. Our region is known for our active snowmobiling community. The Nackawic Sno-drifters Club maintains the snowmobile trails through our local communities of Queensbury, Millville, Temperance Vale, Nackawic and Southampton, providing access between Woodstock to Keswick, and the Mactaquac Provincial Park. Whether you’re looking to go on an hour run or a weekend snowmobile convoy, Destination Nackawic’s well-groomed trails and several warming huts along the way will keep you coming back for more all winter long. Book a stay at one of our many accommodations for a weekend snowmobile trip and discover what winter adventure on our trails is all about! 


4. Snowy Activities for Everyone to Enjoy 

Even if you’re not a fan of skiing, snowboarding or simply don’t have a snowmobile, you can still enjoy plenty of other snowy-winter activities. From tobogganing and snowshoeing to cross-country skiing and ice fishing, there are plenty of winter activities for everyone to enjoy here in Destination Nackawic. With the Saint John River right in our backyard, you’ll never find yourself bored or short on things to do, even in the winter. Curling is another wonderful winter activity that can be enjoyed indoors. The Nackawic Curling Club is an inclusive curling community that has several leagues depending on skill level and offers lessons to junior curlers. Every Tuesday, the club hosts Fun Night, no experience is required, just bring yourself, a warm pair of gloves, and a sense of humour! Regardless if you’re a local or just visiting, there are endless winter activities to enjoy in Destination Nackawic. 


“I moved from Fredericton to Nackawic in the spring of 2010. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, one of the many reasons for my decision to move was the close proximity to recreational activities. Whether it is sailing, canoeing or kayaking on the Saint John River head pond, snowboarding at Crabbe Mountain, hiking the many local falls, cross-country-skiing or snowshoeing to the club ski camp; access to these activities are within minutes from my home. Nackawic is a lovely, picturesque and very welcoming community.”

Charles Boulay, Nackawic, NB.


5. Breathtaking Winter Scenery 

Think picturesque small towns only exist in storybooks? Think again! Destination Nackawic is truly a site to behold, especially in the winter. From the blanket of snow covering everything to how the sun glistens off the frozen river, it’s truly idyllic. If you’re looking to catch an all-encompassing glimpse of the beauty Destination Nackawic has to offer, take a drive along the Loop Scenic Drive. Routes 102 and 105 circle throughout the region and around the Saint John River making this 75-minute voyage an ideal winter drive. The Loop also features several activities and businesses you can stop at along the way, including Dumfries Maples, Big Axe Brewery, the Shogomoc Walking Bridge, and Mactaquac Provincial Park. Whether you’re taking a stroll through one of our many hiking trails or simply looking out your car window, you’ll be delighted by some of the most beautiful winter scenery around!


6. An Ideal Place to Unwind and Relax 

If you’re looking for a place to unwind and relax this winter, look no further than Destination Nackawic. 

We’ve got everything you need to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, from cozy fireplaces and warm drinks to snow-covered trails and quiet moments spent surrounded by nature. Another feature that helps make our region so relaxing is that the people and places here are spread out across our beautiful land. Even during the peak winter season, you’ll never have to fight your way through throngs of people just to catch a glimpse of the wonderful natural sights here. It’s likely that the closest you’ll come to anyone is passing them on the snowmobile trails or ski hill. This makes the entire Destination Nackawic region the perfect place to retreat from everyday life and relax in a tranquil small-town atmosphere.


7. Incredibly Friendly Locals 

One of the best things about small rural communities is that everyone knows each other – and that holds true for Destination Nackawic! The locals here are incredibly friendly and always willing to help visitors however they can. It’s even common for your neighbours here to help you plow or shovel the snow from your driveway. After a snowstorm, that is the ultimate display of kindness! If you’re visiting, the locals will be more than happy to recommend their favourite places to eat, shop, or sightsee, or simply chat with you about life in this beautiful corner of New Brunswick. 

Winter can be such a magical season if you make the most of it in Destination Nackawic. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to fall in love with our region. From mountains to trails, family-friendly winter activities and breathtaking scenery to being the perfect relaxing escape from city life, there’s something for everyone here in Destination Nackawic. So, what are you waiting for? Once you come and explore the beauty of our region, we are certain that you’ll want to make the move here. In the meantime, check out our real estate listings and start making life in the Destination Nackawic region a reality.