Mactaquac beach is within a provincial park. Aprroximately 25 minutes out of town, it is worth a visit if you have the afternoon. The beach isn't all that great but the park is a nice place to drive through. It is great camground to!!!! Also home of a very nice golf course!
The Walking Bridge
This bridge used to be the railway bridge, but with the demise of the railway routes in most of New Brunswick, it was converted into a walking bridge a number of years ago.
No vehicles are allowed on the bridge, so you'll only have to contend with walkers, joggers, and bicycles.
There is free parking off Union St. (on the north side of the river), or metered parking on the south side on Queen St., although even this is free on the weekends.
The bridge gives you a nice view of the city's skyline.
- Hiking and Walking
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
Darlings Island is a darling!
I do not live in Fredericton. I live in Darlings Island which doesn't even show on a map of New Brunswick. I love it here. It is closer to the city of Saint John than to Fredericton, New Brunswick. One of the novelties, but I do not know how long this will last, is that we see deer frequently. Beautiful creatures but not when they ravish our gardens and cedar hedges. When I go for a walk I walk to a Covered bridge, about 4 km from my house. Our house is on the river frontage. In the spring it can be like living by an ocean with the high level of the water. From my bedroom, I can see ducks swimming and the river muskrat. Darlings Island is close to the village of Hampton. There are no stores on Darlings Island. For years Darlings Island has been a favorite place of ours and that is why we decided to buy land here and live permanently here. The best season of the year in New Brunswick, I feel, is Autumn. With the colors of the foliage and the pastoral scenes, it is a haven of beauty. Darlings Island is a darling place!
- Road Trip
Kings Landing Historical Settlement
Kings Landing takes us back to the beginning of the 19th century, shortly after the Loyalists, who had fled from the USA around the time of the American Revolution, began establishing themselves along the St. John River Valley to become prosperous farmers and entrepreneurs. Some 70 historic buildings have been relocated to Kings Landing, in a beautiful natural setting along the river. Visitors are greeted by their "residents", who are happy to share their stories and explain what life is all about in the colony.
We spent about 4 hours at Kings Landing, but we could easily have spent an entire day. Between the stories and the different activities (care to join the militia, perhaps?), a horse-carriage ride and a delicious lunch at the King's Head Inn, time just flew by. It was great to see how all the guides were very much into character and could take us through a typical day in 19th century New Brunswick. I especially enjoyed visiting the printing house and the blacksmith workshop, and got some nice souvenirs at the gift shop.
Kings Landing is located about 20 minutes from Fredericton, on Route 2 West (Exit 253). It is open daily from June to mid-October, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission: $15.50 for adults (family rates are available).
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
Another view of the abandoned farm house, this one taken in the Spring looking up to its perch from the Saint John River valley below. I was saddened to see a December, 2006 newspaper article which said that this structure has now been burned to the ground. Its new owners had planned to renovate it, but a structural analysis showed that it would be far too expensive to try to make things match todays building codes.
A Wildlife Paradise
With its numerous lakes and rivers, NB is a boating and camping paradise. Whether renting jet-skis, sailing or trying the jet-boat ride at the Reversing Falls in Saint John (I recommend it!) there is lots to do. One of my favourites, is a relaxing canoe trip on one of the provinces many waterways (here at Magaguadavic Lake near Fredericton). There is also abundant wildlife from black bear, moose, deer, coyotes on down to a fantastic assortment of birdlife (whether sea or land-based)! This photo took some doing - I had to hit the time-delayed shutter release then run for the rock and clamber up before it went off in 10 seconds! I did not quite make it, as I was scampering across the rock face in front of my seated buddy when the shutter released!
- Sailing and Boating
If you have the oppurtunity travel the rest of New-Brunswick and try to find a town that rents snowmobiles....you won't regret it, amazing trails!!!
In Fredericton I believe there is one location that rents snowmobiles;
MacLean Sports Ltd, 489 Union St. (506)450-6090
Parley Beach, is an internationally known beach that is approximately 2 hrs away from Fredericton. Home to the warmest beach waters north of virgina, it is a great way to spend the day. For a a small charge of 5$ per car enjoy a day of bathing in the sun and swimming on a amazing beach!!! Definetly worth the drive......
Many people say that Canada does not exist east of Montreal - not true, but there have been some hard times 'down East' in the last couple of centuries! In ones travels on some of the back-roads, the sight of an abandoned farm is not unusual. It is interesting to wander around these dwellings and reflect on the unfulfilled dreams of their owners, or at least to smell the sweet scent of the wild roses! An abandoned 120 year-old farm near Fredericton.
If visiting during apple...
If visiting during apple season (or any season for that matter) take a drive past the airport thru lincoln to Gagetown where our largest military base in Canada is. Then keep going to Old Orchard Crafts for the most amazing crafts and have an apple on them! If out of season they offer coffee and popcorn while you browse and they meet you at your car... wonderful people and amazing customer service!!!!
Check out the Fredericton...
Check out the Fredericton Botanic Gardens at the top corner of Odell Park. It is relatively unknown to tourists and is a beautiful area with a lot of privacy. It has some very nice walking trails, and is a great place for photography, drawing/painting, or meditation.
The top half of the gardens is mixed deciduous and coniferous forest with a lot of mossy rocks, ferns, and other flora. It is the home to countless small animals, like chipmunks, red squirrels, grey squirrels, and possibly even a lynx or two, and is still very wild-looking.
The lower half of the gardens has the little critters, and also a couple of deer, frogs, raccoons, foxes, and porcupines. The area is much more open than the upper half, and moves from old apple orchards to meadows and fields. This is where you'll see more developed landscaping and carefully plotted flower gardens.
See, I did not visit...
See, I did not visit Fredricton but since VT does not have a New Brunswick page I have no choice but to use this. I actually traveled to Florencville, the home of the world's largest french fry company. It is along the Saint John River. I took a drive North to Perth-Andover.