An event that is tied into the annual Sussex Balloon Fest is a massive display of antique cars. There must have been 1000 of them spread out over the grounds of the former military base that is also used for launching the balloons (entry is only US$1.60 for unlimited parking - no other costs). My wife and I returned in September, 2005 for the 20th year of the festival and had a great time wandering around the rows of muscle cars, antiques, sports cars, trucks, motorcycles and even the odd old bulldozer or two! The vehicle that most caught our eye was this 1958 Morgan roadster, formerly owned by Clark Gable of "Gone With the Wind" fame! It had been deeded to Gable's secretary on his death and 25 years later ended up in a museum, from where the present owner managed to buy it. These cars are hand-built in England, with only about 300 per year being produced, so they are definitely not cheap. The owner of this one invited Sue to enjoy a spell behind the wheel and he also said that the next car after this one in the production line was originally bought by the Prince of Wales! I especially liked the look of that picnic hamper perched on the 'boot' - it even had a can of Guinness sticking out! That is a Porche Boxster to the left and a red Jaguar XKE behind the Morgan.
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The local stations finally broke the $1.00 per liter milestone in July 2005.
Hurricane Katrina in Sept. 2005 had its repercussions on our local fuel prices, as it did everywhere. At that time, it shot up to $1.40 per litre. It was as high as that again after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in mid-Sept. 2008, but dropped steadily after that, and remained relatively low over the winter months. In June 2013, the price for regular unleaded gasoline around town was around CAD$1.25 per liter for regular self-serve. In June 2014, the price was around CAD$1.30 per liter, but by December 11th, 2014, it had dropped to below $1.00, the lowest we've seen in more than 4 years.
The best deal on fuel in the province is found in Fredericton, because the only Costco fueling station is located here. So, if you're a Costco member, fill up here. The price at other competing stations in the city is between 3 - 4 cents more than at Costco. On Jan. 23rd, 2015, regular gas was selling there for 79.9 c/l. That's more than a 40 c/l drop in price since October, 2014.
If you're driving east towards Fredericton along the TCH Hwy #2, you'll pass a PetroCan station at Kings Landing, about 15 min. west of the City. Its price is often a couple of cents more expensive than at stations in Fredericton, so if your gas gauge isn't yet on "E", you're better off waiting until you get into the city to top up.
In New Brunswick, the price of fuel is regulated. What this means is that you won't see daily fluctuations in the price at the pumps, unless there's another crisis like Hurricanes Katrina or Ike. So, every Thursday, a new price may be set at the pumps. Will it go up, down, or stay the same ? It's like playing the lottery every Wednesday...should I top up the tank or not ? Check ww.cbc.ca > My Region > New Brunswick > look for Robert Jones' (the "Gas Guru") prediction on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays, for the change. He's usually right.
I'll keep this page updated from time-to-time with the latest local fuel price information, but the website mentioned below also maintains current info about gas prices around N.B.
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If you're planning to fly in to the City of Fredericton or the Town of Oromocto, the Fredericton Airport is actually located in Lincoln, between the two.
It's about a 10-15 min drive to downtown or uptown Fredericton, and even less than that to Oromocto.
The airport has undergone several expansions and improvements since 2002, and can now accommodate much larger aircraft. Currently, only Air Canada flies fly out of here. Delta Airlines yanked their twice-daily service to Boston on Jan. 7, 2008.
One improvement is that they have reinstated direct flights to Ottawa, so now you don't have to make a stop in Montreal or Toronto first.
If you need to rent a vehicle from the airport, there are four (4) rental agencies with booths side-by-side inside the terminal, to choose from.
There's no free shuttle service from the airport to downtown, so you'll need to either rent a car, take a taxi, or arrange for someone to pick you up.
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Acadian bus lines connect all the towns and cities in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Thanks to an agreement they have with Orleans Express, the main bus company operating in the province of Quebec, it is easy to travel from Quebec to Fredericton: Orleans Express will take you as far as Riviere-du-Loup, and from there you can catch an Acadian bus to Fredericton. Buses are quite comfortable and they only stop briefly along the way (two 15-min stops), so it actually doesn't take much longer to go by bus than to go by car. Tickets for a round-way trip between Quebec City and Fredericton cost about $180, and the Fredericton bus terminal is located at 101 Regent St., in downtown Fredericton.
Flying into Moncton, Fredericton or Saint John on Air Canada is the best way if coming from 'away'. From Europe, the most direct route is into Halifax, N.S. by Air Canada from London, Heathrow. Of course, you can also drive in via I-95 through Maine or down the Trans-Canada Highway from Quebec.
A great deal of highway work has taken place in the last few years and we now have a 4-lane highway from just north of Fredericton to Halifax, Nova Scotia. There is also an extensive network of more relaxed motoring routes if you want to really see the scenery! An unusual means of transport is depicted in this photo of the annual hot-air balloon fest in Sussex, NB.
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There are so many rivers in New Brunswick that the highway department offers free ferry services across the major arteries! Just drive up to the loading dock and the ferry will come across from the other side and pick you up in only a few minutes time. It is a very nice experience to get out on deck and enjoy the views as the ferry chugs across. Of course, there are also major ferry services (some of which are ice-breaking) if you have to cross major waterways in the Maritimes, such as the shortcut across the Bay of Fundy from Saint John to Digby, NS (this crossing never freezes because of its tidal action). During the summer season, harbours all over New Brunswick and the Maritimes are full of small fishing boats such as those depicted here. Boats similar to these are also used for whale watching excursions in the Bay of Fundy, the summer feeding ground for the endangered Right Whale (as well as other species).
I remember that in 1965 the roads in the area where I was staying were not too good. They seemed to be poorly maintained. and there were two speed limits - one for daylight hours and one for night-time. I wonder if the rule still applies?
Fredericton was the first stop of my 2002 Maritime Province Roadtrip, so it was the Trans-Canadian Highway all the way for me...
The main downtown core is on the west side of the Saint John River, so, as long as your interests are there you can walk everywhere. Otherwise you need a car or the phone number for the local taxi.