New Brunswick’s capital city is rich in both culture and riverside beauty. Offering the best of Maritime history, food, art, and natural playgrounds, Fredericton is full of exciting activities for all ages. Check out our top picks for a memorable stay!
Fredericton’s Historic Garrison District preserves the history of a British garrison stationed on a two-block tract between Queen Street and the St. John River from 1784 to 1869. Now a National Historic Site of Canada, the Garrison is the historic and cultural heart of Fredericton, acting as a hub for festivals, heritage, craft, and entertainment. Visitors can enjoy historic walking tours through the restored soldiers’ barracks, guardhouse, and cell block. Local artisans operate studios in former casemates below the soldiers’ barracks in Barracks Square, while the Officers’ Square is host to a full-uniform changing of the guard ceremony in summertime. Summer also brings evening concerts, and free movies under the stars.
Boyce Farmers Market is Fredericton’s traditional Saturday morning gathering spot downtown for fresh food, crafts, and conversation. With more than 250 indoor and outdoor local suppliers, the Market is the place to pick up fresh produce, meat, cheese, handicrafts, dessert, and flowers. Eat lunch from one of the stalls selling ready-made food, or at the Market restaurant, and see why this Fredericton institution is such a hit with locals and visitors alike.
The majestic St. John River bisects the city and provides recreation for all, both on and offshore. Relax on a riverboat tour, explore in a kayak or canoe, or put your feet up in a tube and let the smooth stream guide you. Visitors can also wander the parks and trails lining the riverbanks, or bike the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge. Just steps from downtown, the St. John provides a tranquil retreat from the buzzing city.
Beaverbrook Art Gallery features a unique collection of works by Canadian and British artists, as well as international names. The Gallery was built from the collection gifted by Lord Beaverbrook, which included paintings by eighteenth-century British masters such as Reynolds and Gainsborough and by popular Canadian artists such as Cornelius Krieghoff and members of the Group of Seven. Among the international works you will recognize the likes of Dali, Botticelli, Hogarth, and Turner. The Gallery also features contemporary exhibits of Atlantic art, including art of the province’s First Nations and Acadian communities.
Retreat to nature in the heart of the city at Odell Park, a 400-acre space of fields, forests, and woodland trails. Enjoy a picnic with friends, throw breadcrumbs at the duck pond, even spot a deer roaming through the park. Popular with all ages, Odell also features a playground, arboretum, and botanical garden. Come wintertime, the park is covered with 16 km of cross-country skiing trails and host to an outdoor rink.