Wintertime doesn’t have to be spent indoors; snowshoeing is the perfect way to catch a breath of fresh air and explore the Island’s landscape in a new perspective. Trek around the city after a fresh snowfall and discover our magical winter wonderland! Read on for 6 of our favourite snowshoeing trails within the Charlottetown region. Be sure to dress warm and stay safe – let’s get moving!
*First step, snowshoes! City Hall has you covered with daily snowshoe sign-outs Monday – Friday at the Charlottetown Parks & Recreation Office (199 Queen St) between 8:00am – 4:30pm. More info HERE.
Golfing by June, snowshoeing by January! Situated on 150 acres in the heart of Charlottetown, The Belvedere Golf Course transforms from a summer dream to a winter wonderland before our eyes. These windswept trails wind in and out of the trees, creating a scenic trek that can be enjoyed by all.
*The Parks and Recreation Department would like to remind all trail users to please respect each path and not venture all over the golf course. Snowshoers, please stay off the cross country ski trails.
Located in Downtown Charlottetown, Victoria Park is a 40-acre expanse with easy trails through its forested areas and, after a fresh snowfall, along its beloved boardwalk. The perfect city respite for families and new snowshoers.
*Calling all night owls* Check out the all-new Snowshoes after Dark event every Friday night during the Ice City Festival (Feb 4 – Mar 6). Free snowshoe handouts from 6 – 8pm at Victoria Park. Bring your flashlights!
Linking the Island from tip-to-tip and traversing the capital city, the Confederation Trail’s wide, flat and well-groomed trails are the perfect way to make an adventure out of travelling from the downtown core to midtown and uptown. *Take note the trails are only open to snowshoers and walkers from the stretch between the arterial highway to Joe Ghiz Park – View map here.
Located just a 15 minute drive east of Charlottetown in the community of Suffolk, Winter River Trail (6km) includes a wooded road, white spruce trees, gently rolling terrain, and plenty of opportunities to view wildlife and waterfowl in the woods and along the Winter River as it opens up to Winter Bay.
Enjoy a trek through fields and mixed forest as you explore the Farmland Trail and watch for an archaeological site. And yes, you’ll happen across a spring bubbling up from the ground along the Bubbling Springs Trail (4km) in Stanhope.
Tucked right in beside the Hillsborough River, this scenic 6km loop trail offers a fun and rewarding trek for snowshoers, or a twisty ride for our fellow fat-bikers!
…And we’ll leave the rest up to you! Once you’ve explored our six faves, check out even more Island trails with our Snowshoe Trail Guide.
PLUS! The all-new Winter Activity Hub in Cavendish Beach. Located in Cavendish Campground at 355 Grahams Lane, the Winter Activity Hub is your weekend destination for equipment rentals and visitor facilities while exploring PEI National Park trails in Cavendish. Happy trekking!
The adventure doesn’t stop here – check out this year’s Ice City Festival for more winter to-dos and events. Skating under the stars, horse & wagon rides, outdoor yoga, and much more!