If you're driving to Fredericton from the west, there's a provincial tourist information center along the Trans-Canada Hwy, at exit #253 for Kings Landing. This is about 15 minutes drive west of the city, or about 34 kms. This information center is not open during the winter months. (If you're going to stop at this information center, see my note under Transportation > Local Fuel Prices.)
If you're in downtown Fredericton, make your way to the City Hall, at the corner of York St. and Queen St. There, just inside the main door, you'll find a tourist information center.
Favorite thing: Hopefully you will not have to visit this place, but here is some information on the fredericton hospital if you need it. It is located in the middle of Fredericton at 700 Priestman Street (just off regent). Follow the green H sings.
If for some reason you need to contact the police there is a big police departement just at the top of Regent Street (1445 Regent Street ). Phone: 452-3400. Fredericton also has a City police department downtown.
Favorite thing: Take the walking tour of the downtown area (brochures are available at City Hall). Fredericton is a government/university city with a relatively small population of about 50,000, situated along the beautiful Saint John River (also known as the Rhine of America). It is steeped in tradition from the 1700's when Britain and France were fighting for control of North America. Consequently, there are several attractions related to military and local history dating from this period. Photo of some of the troops involved in the changing of the guard ceremony (in front of City Hall) held every daylight hour through the summer.
Favorite thing: Another regular event is the annual Highland Games, held at Government House on the Saint John River. This event commemorates the large influx of Scots immigrants to the Maritimes (eg. Nova Scotia is "New Scotland" where Gaelic is still spoken in some areas). Contestants from all across the Maritimes converge for Highland dancing, music and 'heavy lift' contests of strength. The Games were selected as a winner of the 2002 Attractions Canada Provincial Award, with the Games usually held at the end of July each year. Details at 'www.nbhighlandgames.com' Photos of some of the dance expositions with Government House (the original seat of British colonial government) in the background.
Favorite thing: King's Landing Historical settlement is located outside Fredericton about 20 minutes to the west. This is a collection of period homes, the King's Inn pub, a water-driven sawmill and a sailboat from the 1700's, staffed through the summer with volunteers who re-inact life as it was at the time. This attraction was recently voted as the best in Canada, even in competition with the Calgary Stampede.
Fondest memory: this is the only photo I have of me in Canada. It was taken at Lauvina Camp, an old Indian settlement, near the village (maybe town now) of Geary which is about 5 miles south of Camp Gagetown. I still remember well those old Army Bell tents! We used to walk for miles along the dirt roads and tracks. A fondest memory of Geary was the little general store on the corner of the track leading to Lauvina campsite. It used to be open until late at night, and there was nothing better than to eat a delicious icecream in the heat of the evenings.
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Fondest memory: Not spectacular, but wonderfully charming, are New Brunswick's 160 or so quaint covered bridges, gentle reminders of the past. You'll enjoy driving through the longest in the world, stretching 1,282 feet over the Saint John River at Hartland. The only covered bridge I remember crossing was in Quebec province when I visited Ottawa. I still remember the rattling noise of the timbered decking!! Hartland is to the northwest of Fredericton.
Fredericton, on the Saint John River, is the provincial capital of New Brunswick . It is a commercial and distribution centre where shoes and wood products are manufactured. The city was founded by United Empire Loyalists in 1783. Of interest are the government buildings, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and the Playhouse Theatre. The University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University are in the city.
Fondest memory: Something I will never forget was when I had the chance of an air journey from Fredericton to Ottawa. I remember that it was the most gorgeous day, and I was so fascinated by the scenery that I never even did my seatbelt up on coming in to land in Ottawa. It was the smoothest flight I have ever undertaken, courtesy of the RCAF. (And one of the best as it was free!).
Fondest memory: Listening to the local radio station (Radio Fredericton?) on my transistor radio. Some great country songs including: 'Strange Things Happen in This World' ('Last night at the dance I met Mary...') and 'Down in the Boondocks (?sp)'. I've always remembered those two in particular, but never heard them played since. And li'l old Brenda Lee!! Anyone in Canada got a CD?
I would personally enjoy taking someone shopping at all the unique stores including craft stores of crafters found on the east coast.
However, they would probably enjoy the legislature building with its history and tours of the house...
Fondest memory: The university of New Brunswick. I absolutely love this university for its old brick buildings and the landscape and history. I have many great memories of this university and its sister university shared on the other side St. Thomas University.
I love walking along the St. John River on what is known as 'the Green'. It's a lovely, winding path/area that is great for walkers/bikers/pets/etc. I especially love walking there before sundown in the summer.
Fondest memory: friends and family; the small town setting
Fondest memory: If you are in Fredericton during the spring, summer or fall you absolutely must walk along the green. Whether you are there in the daytime or night time the view of the river and the bridges are beautiful.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, sampling the local beer is definite must.
What do the locals drink, what beer is most popular, which beer is hardest to find, does it come in a half pint glass just like grandma used to drink…or better still, a full pint glass like I drink??? These are all good questions that need to be answered...
While in Fredericton, hit the Lunar Rogue Pub for a pint of Picaroon's bitter served up in a traditional English pint glass. I hate to make such a big deal about it because there really is more to do in Fredericton than drinking pints, but I really liked the Picaroon's bitter. When I lived in Indianapolis, Indiana there was a local brewery (Broadripple Brew Pub) that made an excellent Extra Special Bitter that I absolutely loved. The Picaroon's bitter reminded me lot of that beer... For the record, I have yet to make it to the motherland for a true pub crawl, so, it is difficult to find a good bitter around here.
Fondest memory: Arriving in Fredericton after a long nine hour drive and getting my 'second wind' after sipping down my first pint of Picaroon's bitter. By the way, I think the photo is of fourth or fifth pint, a bit blurry...