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10 Must Try Winter Activities in the Champlain Islands

Looking for something to do during the cold winter months? From extreme winter sports to tranquil lower impact exercises, the Champlain Islands have an abundance of recreational activities waiting for us to try. 

Ice Fishing at Sandbar Causeway

1. Ice Fishing

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just out fishing for fun, this winter activity is enjoyed by all ages!

Image source: Burlington Free Press

Kitewing on Skis at Sandbar Causeway

2. Kitewing on Skis

The ice conditions near the causeway make for the perfect spot to try out this new extreme winter sport.

Image source: Fred Palatino

lake hockey on frozen lake near sandbar causeway

3. Lake Hockey

The ice at the sandbar sets up like glass perfect for skating, taking pond hockey to the next level!

Image Source: Josh Kenyon 

Cross country skiing in North hero village

4. Make your own Trail

Try snowshoeing or cross country skiing to carve out your own path on Lake Champlain. 

Image source: Annie Gardiner

5. Sled the Sandbar in Style

Get your adrenaline pumping and sled Lake Champlain on your snow machine of choice.

aerial photo of colchester causeway

6. Walk the Island Line Trail

Bundle up and head to the Colchester Causeway Bike Path for a beautiful and serene winter stroll.

Image Source: Ryan Cornell Photography 

Kitesurfers on the Sandbar causeway south hero

7. Snowkiting on the Frozen Lake

Weather permitting, snowkiting is an epic winter sport with opportunity for major air!

Image source: Abagael/VPR 

Knight Island State Park sign

8. Trek out to Knight Island

Looking to get your steps in? Knight Island is just a 40 minute walk from the North Hero Village! Also, consider bringing your skates and check out the rink set up by Great Ice Vermont! This is located right on the frozen shore across from Hero's Welcome.

Image Source: Annie Gardiner

9. Warm up with a Sunset Bonfire

Grab your buddies and some local brews for an evening by the fire pit. We recommend trying out Kraemer and Kin or the newest addition to town, Two Heroes Brewery.

Sunset bonfire with friends in south hero

Image Source: Gina LeClair

Chairlift at Bolton Valley Ski Resort

10. Hit the Slopes

While this last activity is not located in the Islands, Bolton Valley Ski Resort, is only a 45 minute drive from South Hero. Plus, they even have night skiing and riding!

Image source: Alex Rosenberger

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