Dragon Boat Races Have Arrived!
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.
Longest Covered Bridge in the World
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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Crusin' down the river
Take a ride on an old style rebuilt boat that seats approx 50 ppl(Carleton 2). 7$ for adults, 4$ for children under 12. 1 hr. Includes a 1 hour cruise down the St-John river with a bit of Fredericton history added during the ride.
Times: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm (unless chartered tour). Runs through June 1-Oct 1. Strongly reccomend this tour, it is a great way to relax and see some great views!!!!
Changing of the Guard
A re-enactment of th changing of the guard. Dated back to sometime in the 1700's. Watch them march and take commands. Very nice to observe as you sit in Officer's Square. The guards change at 11am and 7pm and are around all day!
A very nice park located in the middle of dowtown Fredericton. Things to see include a duck pond, deer pen, barbecue pits, picnic tables, children's play equipment and great walking trails that go through the woods!. Great way to see the natural beauty of New-Brunswick! And....it is free!!!!!
A attraction that offers the opportunity to go in the 19th century. See what they dressed like, how they cooked, the chores they had, the work they did and much more!!! Hours 10am-5pm. Operates from June-Oct 11, seven days a week.
14/adult, $34/family, $12/seniors (65 & over), $11/students, $9/youth (6-16 yrs), under 6 free.
Every Saturday morning in a downtown parking lot and little building there is the Fredericton Market! It composed of stands that include, things from suasages and samosas to home made bracelets and wood carvings. Many different cultures are displayed at this market which I find truly fascinating. Great way to spend the morning! No admission and I think it goes from approximately.9-12 or so.
As the Mounties march past
Even living in Canada, it is not all that often that you see Mounties decked out in their 'dress' scarlet uniforms, since they are designed for horse-riding instead of today's more mundane police duties! If you happen to be in any good-sized town or city on November 11, you might just have your chance because this is when the country comes to a standstill for two minutes at 11 AM in remembrance of Canada's war dead over the decades. With the usual short religious ceremony, a few short speeches, laying of wreaths and an artillary salute at or near the war memorial also comes a march-past as things wrap up. In 2006, it was a beautiful sunny day and quite mild for November as the veterns, regular and reserve troops, Mounties, city police, firemen and cadets ended the ceremonies with a march along the Saint John River on Queen Street, in front of the Legislative Assembly.
Fredericton is great during the winter since it has many outdoor rinks to go skating. Some of them include.....
Odell Park, (506)460-2881
Killarney Lake, (506)460-2881
Mactaquac Provincial Park, (506)363-4747
Officers' Square, Downtown Fredericton, (506)458-8922
Officers' Square is probably best bet as it is located in the middle of downtown!
The maritimes are very well known for having great lobster. After all we are directly beside the ocean and fish it out of the Atlantic and the Bay of Fundy. It is something that definetly should not be missed while visiting this region. You can buy it in Fredericton but the best places to get it are on the coast (Shediac, Cap-pele, Caraquet just to name a few). If you are real hardcore, you can meet the fisherman at their warf when they come back with a catch. Not only will you get a deal but you will also taste some of the freshest seafood around (If you are willing to cook it that is)!
Let's play some pool!!! (Dooly's)
Dooly's has two locations in Fredericton. One dowtown and one uptown. Both with over 25 pool tables. Drop in and play an hour or two of pool. Before 7pm it is approx. 7$ an hour, after 7pm it is approx. 12$ an hour. You may see me hanging around here...i am an avid pool player!
Waterloo Row is one of the main streets downtown that follows along the Saint-John River. It is great for a scenic drive or walk (I would suggest a walk). Not only do you have a great view of the river but you also can see some amazing houses. Some of these houses are over 100 years old and many of them have been meticulously restored.
Christ Church Cathedral
The most impressive individual building in Fredericton has to be Christ Church Cathedral, the 'Mother Church' of the Anglican community in Fredericton, located on its own beautifully treed lot beside the Saint John River toward the east end of the city. Built during the period 1845-1853, this Gothic Revival-style structure was inspired by a newly arrived Bishop, fresh from England. As a result, its design was modelled on the Parish Church of Snettisham, Norfolk, England with a planned twin tower arrangement. However, as funds became tighter through the construction period, this was scaled back to a single bell tower. Thanks to the close ties to England, Christ Church Cathedral also became the first entirely new Cathedral foundation on British soil since the Norman Conquest of 1066 (since Canada was still a colony at the time of construction). A major disaster occurred in the summer of 1911 when lightning struck, resulting in a fire which destroyed the original bell tower as well as causing other damages. However, reconstruction was soon underway, resulting a year later in today's even taller 198-ft (60-m) bell tower, thanks to structural enhancements that took place at the same time.
The last of my photos shows a view up the interior nave from the main (western) entrance. Part way up the isle is a font carved from stone brought from Caen, France by a former master mason at Exeter Cathedral in Exeter, Devon - one I happened to visit myself not so long ago!
The exterior grounds of the cathedral are well worth admiring on their own, with huge old Elm, Oak and other trees providing a majestic backdrop, not to mention the wide Saint John River flowing past on the other side of Queen Street! Christ Church Cathedral was declared a Canadian National Historic Site in 1983.
A river cruise on the Carleton II
We had a bit of time to kill in the evening so we decided to go on a river cruise. The Carleton II offers 40 min scenic cruises on the St. John River. It basically takes you from the Westmorland Street Bridge to the Princess Margaret Bridge and back, so you get a nice view of downtown Fredericton. The atmosphere on board is, well, different. For the major part of the cruise you'll get to listen to country music, mixed with a couple of Cat Stevens and Bon Jovi songs (?!?). Then someone will come on the mic and give you some bits of random information. When we saw that no one was paying attention to it, we realized that most people go on the cruise simply to relax, enjoy the view and have a few drinks (there's a bar on board). So we ordered two Alexander Keith's and had a good time too!
Tous depart at 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for children under 12.
Historic Old Government House
Old Government House is situated on an 11-acre lot beside the Saint John River and was built from New Brunswick sandstone between 1826-1828 to serve as the focal point for government decisions in this small part of the British Empire. Its origins flowed from the American Revolution when, after the war was lost by Britain in 1783, about 2000 colonists headed north to present-day Fredericton so they could remain subjects of the Empire. Where they landed on the shore of the broad and fertile river valley had earlier been settled by both the native Maliseet people and early 'Acadian' French settlers, making this a choice location for the British 'loyalists' to start all over again.
Over the 180+ years of its existance, Old Government House has had a varied history in addition to its original purpose of being a place where the representatives of British Royalty live and carry out their duties, as well as serving as accommodations for visiting members of the Royal family. Its line of duties have included: 1828-92 residence of the Lieutenant-Governor of NB, 1896-1900 Fredericton Institute for the hearing impaired, 1914-24 Miltary barracks and hospital, 1934-88 HQ of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in NB and 1999-Present once again the residence of the L-G of NB.
Today, the L-G lives on the upper floor of the building and the lower floor is open for public tours of the drawing room, the dining room, a library, a music room, two conservatories and the original L-G's office. The second floor includes exhibit rooms and the current L-G's office. The building was declared a Canadian National Historic Site in 1958.
These photos were taken on the occasion of New Brunswick Day and Canadian Armed Forces Day celebrations on the grounds of the house in August, 2007. The last two photos show part of the extensive walking/biking trail system in Fredericton and New Brunswick, where a path runs beneath large trees between Old Government House and the Saint John River.
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