Fredericton Things to Do

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    Beaverbrook Art Gallery

    by Jefie Written Sep 16, 2006

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    Salvador Dali's Santiago el Grande
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    The provincial art gallery of New Brunswick was a gift to the people of the province from Lord Beaverbrook. Its permanent collection features works by Canadian and British artists, and several traveling exhibits come to the museum each year. The gallery is known for its impressive collection of British Elizabethan paintings, featuring works by the likes of Turner, Reynolds and Gainsborough. But without a doubt, the most famous piece in the entire gallery is Salvador Dali's Santiago el Grande, which is on permanent display in the hall.

    The gallery is open every day from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Thursday nights from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm are "pay as you wish" nights!

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    Free heritage walking tours!

    by Jefie Written Sep 16, 2006

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    The oldest City Hall in the Maritimes (1876)

    The City of Fredericton offers free guided tours of the downtown area all summer long. Tours are 1 hour long and start at City Hall at 10:00 am, 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm. A guide in a period costume will take you all over downtown and offer tidbits of history and lots of funny anecdotes as well! A nice and free way to get to know your way around town.

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    A walk down Waterloo Row

    by Jefie Written Sep 16, 2006

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    Waterloo Row is a waterfront street located just east of Downtown Fredericton. It is home to many sumptuous houses, many of which have now been transformed into B&Bs. On the other side of the street runs "The Green", a 4 km scenic trail that runs along the St. John River. I would suggest walking down Waterloo Row all the way to the Loyalist Cemetery (you'll see a sign on the left side of the street). About 2,000 Loyalists settled in Fredericton (then known as Ste. Anne's Point) in 1783, after the American Revolution. The winter of 1783-84 was a harsh one, and many of the newly arrived settlers perished and were buried at what is now known as the Loyalist Cemetery. Not much remains, but it's still worth seeing it if you're in the area.

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    Go on a self-guided walking tour

    by Jefie Written Sep 16, 2006

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    A fine example of Victorian architecture

    Downtown Fredericton is not that big but there is much to see, especially for those interested in architecture and history. Fredericton Tourism has put together a free tour guide that includes an interesting self-guided tour that will take you all over downtown and beyond. You can pick up this tour guide at the tourist information centre, located inside City Hall (397 Queen St., 506-460-2041, www.tourismfredericton.ca).

    Another option for those mainly interested in architecture would be to buy the Fredericton Heritage Trust publication "Building Capital: A Guide to Fredericton's Historic Landmarks", available for only $5 at Westminster Books (445 King St., 506-454-1442, www.westminsterbooks.com). This publication contains a walking tour of Fredericton's architecture, from the earliest Loyalist dwellings to the most flamboyant Victorian mansions. Fredericton Heritage Trust is a volunteer non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to promoting the preservation of the natural, historical, and architectural heritage of the Capital Region of New Brunswick. You can visit the Website at www.heritagefredericton.org.

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    Christ Church Cathedral

    by Jefie Updated Sep 16, 2006

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    Christ Church Cathedral at dusk

    Chirst Church Cathedral was built between 1845 and 1853, thanks to Bishop John Medley, a visionary man who had the rather grandiose idea of building a magnificient cathedral in the then small town of Fredericton. You can therefore imagine the importance and interesting history of the building, which was modeled after St. Mary's, Norfolk UK, in the architectural style known as "Revived Gothic".

    Free guided tours are offered during summer - you will learn everything about how Fredericton suddenly went from town to city thanks to Bishop Medley who really wanted his cathedral, the church's clock that was the prototype for London's Big Ben, and even the ghost of Bishop Medley's wife!

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    Old Burial Ground

    by Jefie Written Sep 16, 2006

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    Fredericton's Old Burial Ground

    The Old Burial Ground is located in the middle of Downtown Fredericton. Dating back to 1784, this cemetery is the final resting place for many of the Loyalist families who founded New Brunswick. Fredericton native Julia Hart (1796-1867), the author of the first English novel to be published by a native-born Canadian ("St. Ursula’s Convent, of the Nun of Canada"), is also buried there. Unfortunately, maintenance of the grave sites is still under the responsibility of the families, many of whom are not even aware that they have an ancestor buried in Fredericton. The cemetery is thus slowly falling into disrepair, with many broken tombstones... Still makes for a nice quiet walk, though!

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    Boyce Farmers' Market

    by Jefie Written Sep 16, 2006

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    Fredericton's Farmers' Market

    The question that seemed to be on everyone's lips during our stay in Fredericton was: "Did you make it to the market on Saturday?"! Boyce Farmers' Market is open on Saturday between 6:00 am and 1:00 pm and it seems like the entire city goes there every week! On top of fresh vegetables, there are plenty of arts and crafts vendors, all sorts of delicacies (maple syrup products, cheese, meat, freshly squeezed orange juice), and there is also a section full of ethnic food vendors - the smell coming from that section was impossible to resist!

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    Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival

    by Canuck5 Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    Shuffle Demons at HJ&B Festival

    Every year in the middle of September, Fredericton hosts the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Over 5 days, local, national, and international performers turn the downtown area into a sea of music. In 2004 the National Jazz Orchestra of France was the first European performer to entertain at the Festival.

    There are more than 150 performances at over 20 venues downtown, from early in the morning to jam sessions starting at midnight ! There are even shows on the Saturday that cater to the kiddies.

    Many of the shows are free (gotta like that), but the prices for the rest range from $7. to $37.50. There are also various packages ranging from $15. to $65. A "ultimate" pass to almost everything costs $150. (don't forget to add the HST to these prices, of course)

    There are also 7 free workshops, from latin percussion to ensemble playing.

    Pictured here is the Toronto-based group, the Shuffle Demons, playing on the opening night.

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    Longest Covered Bridge in the World

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Sep 30, 2005

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    The Bridge at Hartland

    At 1282 feet, the wooden covered bridge in Hartland is the longest in the world. Built in 1901 to provide one of the few links across the Saint John River, this bridge is located just over one hour drive north of Fredericton close to the western border with Maine, USA. It was originally just an ordinary uncovered bridge but was later covered with the barn-like roof to keep the frozen snow and ice off its deck so the footing would not be so treacherous for horse-drawn sleighs in the winter.

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    Dragon Boat Races Have Arrived!

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Sep 27, 2005

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    Dragon Boats Prepare for a Run
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    On a beautiful sunny day in mid-September, 2005 the world-famous Dragon Boat races finally made it to Fredericton. About 15 teams of 20 volunteers each converged at the Small Craft Aquatic Centre on the banks of the broad Saint John River to hold the 1st Annual Dragon Boat Festival in Fredericton. A series of heats was held between groups of three boats as they made short dashes between marked lanes set out in the river. We had a great view from a temporary grandstand as the bow drummer in each boat beat out a furious stroke-pace for the paddlers in their mad dash to the finish line! In addition to the boat races, the local Chinese Cultural Society performed various traditional dances and food stalls sold both Chinese food items and the more traditional hot dogs and sausages. All proceeds raised in support of the various crews as well as from the food sales were donated to the children's charity KidSport, which provides funds to needy families so their children can participate in sporting activities.

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    The Playhouse

    by Lisser Written May 26, 2005

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    The Playhouse is the City of Fredericton's premier performance venue. You can catch live performances by regional and world-class musicians, dance companies, and theatre companies. It is also the official home of Theatre New Brunswick, a professional theatre company.
    There are always lots of great shows ranging from theatre to the latest touring musicians- something for everyone!

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    King's Landing Historical Settlement

    by Lisser Written May 26, 2005

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    If you're into living history, then this is definately the place to go.
    King's Landing is a working settlement that recreates and brings to life rural New Brunswick in the 1800's. It has 10 homes, a working saw mill, grist mill, small theatre, school, church, forge, store, carpenter's shop, cooper's shop, and door and sash factory. You can take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon, watch the "locals" working and performing everyday activities, and walk through their homes as they go about their lives.

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    The Farmer's Market

    by Lisser Written May 26, 2005

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    Farmer's Market

    A Saturday morning tradition in Fredericton! Farmers, artisans, crafts people and others offer a tempting array of fresh harvested vegetables, home baked bread and sweets, fresh meat, poultry and eggs, crafts, and flowers - as well as a variety of ethnic food prepared on the spot for hungry shoppers.

    The people you see there are everybit as interesting as what's available to buy. Most Fredericton natives plan their Saturdays around "The Market".

    The market is open every Saturday from 6am to 1pm.

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    New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame

    by Canuck5 Written Jan 30, 2005

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    N.B. Sports Hall of Fame

    If you're a sports fan, you'll find the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame located at the intersection of Queen St. and Carleton St., downtown.

    There are three galleries of exhibits and memorabilia related to New Brunswick sports history and to those players who have called New Brunswick their home.

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    Legislature Building

    by marcoparco Written Apr 18, 2004

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    Legislature

    The legislature building is located downtown Fredericton. This is where the provincial government holds political meetings. Tours are offered and I would suggest going for one. It is a very nice piece of architecture.

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