FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are invited to participate in various activities in provincial parks in connection with Family Day on Feb. 17.

Sugarloaf Provincial Park will sell two downhill ski passes for the price of one as part of Campbellton’s Appalachian Carnival. There will also be skating, tobogganing, hiking, a reading in nature activity, a sleigh ride and hot chocolate to warm up with.

Mount Carleton Provincial Park will offer a guided tour at 10 a.m. from the Mount Bailey parking lot. Visitors will also be able to cross-country ski, snowshoe and ice fish. Hot soup will be served.

Mactaquac Provincial Park will provide opportunities for skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat bike rentals and sleigh rides.

New Brunswickers can also enjoy one of the province’s four alpine ski hills: Sugarloaf Provincial Park, Centre plein air Mont Farlagne, Poley Mountain and Crabbe Mountain. In addition to alpine skiing and snowboarding, some of these locations provide opportunities for snowshoeing, ice climbing, sliding and cross-country skiing.

Using snowmobiles and ATVs is a popular activity all around the province, and more than 8,000 kilometres of trails are maintained by local clubs that belong to the New Brunswick Snowmobile Federation.

The province’s two national parks are also open during the winter. Cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts can explore many paths and even try winter camping in a rustic shelter at Kouchibouguac National Park. There are more than 18 kilometres of cross-country ski trails and snowshoe trails to explore at Fundy National Park.