Winter Family Fun

My family and I recently spent a winter weekend at Rodd Mill River Resort and Spa in Mill River, PEI. We piled the family and winter gear into the car and boy do I mean gear. We have a 5 year old and a 6 week old and it always amazes me the number of gadgets we need for 2 little people for a short getaway.

We set out for a one hour drive just west of Summerside and I thought to myself “is a short getaway really worth all the packing effort,”…well it turns out YES! I had the most amazing winter getaway weekend with my family. Luckily, my mother in law joined us, so not only did we have great company we also had a bonus “live in” babysitter!

Having stayed at this resort during summer months we knew that they offered canoeing and kayaking on the river, camping under the stars, top-notch golfing facilities and tennis, but we had no idea that Rodd Mill River offered just as much, if not more, in fun winter activities.

The sun was shining as we pulled up to the resort and I knew we were in for a good time when my daughters eyes lit up as we drove past the ice skating rink and horse and sleigh ride. We got settled into our comfortable rooms, but didn’t stay long since there was so much to do! We bundled up in our outdoor gear and headed snow sliding on the tubing hill. What a blast! The best part of the whole weekend was hearing my daughter’s giggles as she flew down the hill. My wife and I had a pretty big smile on our faces as well.


We took a small break then switched our tubes for skis and hit the trails. Since Rodd Mill River grounds is a golf course, the area also conveniently doubles as the perfect setting for cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. The air was still, the sun was bright, and the trails were perfect. Despite the glorious day our legs hit their limit after 4kms, so we headed back to the Resort to warm up and relax.

Later on that afternoon, we decided on something a little more relaxing, so we hopped on the back of the horse drawn sleigh ride. Our daughter loved watching the huge Belgian horses gently glide the sleigh through the forest and campground. Our driver informed us that the horses use the sleigh to keep in shape in the winter and instinctively know the trail on their own. We couldn’t get over the size of their hooves! A quick pat on the nose and a family picture with the horses ended our afternoon.

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After our jam packed fun filled day, we headed for the Rodd’s indoor swimming complex so we could work out our aches and pains in the hot tub and sauna while our daughter practiced her jumps and had some fun on the 90 foot water slide. If you think that finished our day off, try telling that our daughter! She found out there was a bouncy castle and also found another burst of energy to jump on it until it was time for bed. Don’t worry, if you’re not the type of person to hit the hay early, Rodd’s Club on the Green lounge serves great food and even better spirits.

The next morning we fueled up with a hearty breakfast at the Hernewood Dining Room and headed out cross-country skiing. My muscles can hate me later I thought, but I was determined to take advantage of all of the activities they had to offer. It was so convenient to have everything in one place and easily accessible. Turns out my daughter was also determined to take advantage of all of the activities, so after skiing off we went tubing, face painting and then she took part in a scavenger hunt.

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Sadly, we had to break the news to her that we had to start packing things up and checking out. Rodd Mill River Resort has really has outdone themselves with the offering of winter activities for all ages. We didn’t get to take in everything, but missing out on some things makes me happy because there will be more for us to do next time when we come back. Our daughter has already informed us that we are going back, but for two nights! And when she makes plans, they happen.

Insider’s Tip: On a nice clear night, venture outside to the big outdoor bonfire and make some smores with your family.