Fredericton is the capital of New Brunswick, Canada. It is located along the St. John River. Fredericton is the cultural, artistic and educational centre of the province. Fredericton boasts two universities - the University of New Brunswick and the liberal arts focused St. Thomas University. Fredericton is also home to cultural institutions such as the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the York-Sunbury Museum and the Playhouse, the latter which serves as a venue for local talent/writers. As well, adding to the city's rich cultural milieu, Fredericton is home to the annual Harvest and Jazz and Blues Festival every fall which attracts regional and international jazz and blues artists. The city also contains a growing IT and commercial sector. The city boasts the highest percentage of residents with a post-secondary education in the province and one of the highest per capita incomes.
The population of City of Fredericton is 48,000 (greater Fredericton 81,346, both per 2001 census), although unofficial reports more around 50,750 (greater Fredericton 84,523) due to the student population which is often not counted in official censuses. The City of Fredericton comprises Fredericton proper, and the boroughs of Silverwood, Nashwaaksis, Devon, Barker's Point and Marysville which were incorporated into the city in 1973.
The city is situated in the west-central portion of the province and, along with Moncton and Saint John, is one of the main urban centres in Southern New Brunswick. The St. John River flows in a west-east direction, bisecting the city and providing the dominant natural feature for the municipality.
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See the Fredericton 7-day forecast at Environment Canada
- Fredericton Airport (IATA: YFC). Located in Lincoln.
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It is highly recommend taking an afternoon to walk around the historic district with some historic residences dating back to the late 18th century and the arrival of the British Empire Loyalists. The historic district is located behind the beautiful homes fronting Waterloo Row along the Saint John River.
Other historic and natural attractions around the city include:
- Historic Garrison District. Experience Fredericton's vibrant heart, where Colonial history and dynamic modern culture meet by the majestic St. John River. Visit this National Historic Site in the City's downtown and spend the day discovering the colourful Changing of the Guard, the Guard House, Soldiers Barracks, York Sunbury Historical Society Museum, City Hall tapestries depicting the history of Fredericton, Lighthouse Adventure Centre, museums, fine craft shops, walking tours, and outdoor theatre.
- King's Landing. Historical Settlement outside Fredericton north on the Trans-Canada Highway. King's Landing is a 300 acre (121-hectare) outdoor living history museum. The Landing recreates the sights, sounds and feel of rural New Brunswick in the 1800s. Staff, with authentically reproduced costumes work in the homes, shops, school, church, and theatre. Enjoy vintage dining, and unique gifts all in the spectacular backdrop if the St. John River valley. Kings Landing was the winner of Attractions Canada Top International Attraction Award in 1999.
- Old Government House. Is where you'll enjoy a free guided tour in the elegant surroundings where galas and balls were hosted in yesteryear. Built in 1828, this important national and provincial historic site has been gloriously restored to its earlier splendour, and is the official residence and office to the Province's Lieutenant Governor. It features many antiques original to the house, a New Brunswick art gallery, gift shop, and interpretation centre which tells the story of our city and province's past.
- Great Pumpkin Sacrifice. This event takes place every year on Halloween at the Harrison House Residence on the University of New Brunswick campus. Event begins somewhere around 11PM. A very strange yet interesting ritual in Fredericton.
In addition to the activities listed below, there are many walking/biking trails to enjoy.
- Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Usually held in the middle of September and should not be missed. It is a very beautiful time of year and the festival music is top notch.
- Calithumpians Tour & Theatre Company. Established in 1979 Calithumpians Theatre Company continues to provide the humorous and historical theatrical entertainment that they have become known for locally and throughout North America.
- York-Sunbury Museum, 571 Queen St.
- Boyce's Farmer's Market. This is the place to be Saturday morning; it is not to be missed! Get there early because by 10:30AM it gets unbearably busy. The market opens at 6:30AM every Saturday. The samosas are very tasty. So much so, people seem to push and shove to get in line for them! The German bakers, fresh orange juice and the sausages are awesome.
- Cultures Boutique. An international gift store operated by the International Department of the Fredericton YMCA.
- Urban Almanac, 75 York St. This shop has a wonderful assortment of gifts that you won't find anywhere else.
- Backstreet Records, 384 Queen St. Backstreet has a large inventory of rare and hard to find selection of disks and records. It also has lots of used albums.
- Owl's Nest Bookstore, 390 Queen St. A very large selection of used books is contained in a building half a block long and two stories high.
- Westminster Books, 445 King St. Westminster is the place to find books from local authors and maritime books.
- Reid's Newsstand & Cafe, 435 King St, ☎ +1 506 454-5333.
Most major fast food chains can be found on Prospect Street on the south side and Main Street on the north side.
- Cabin Restaurant, 723 Woodstock Rd, ☎ +1 506-459-0094. Past the Delta Hotel. This place could define the term greasy spoon restaurant. Great food, great prices! --typical diner, the food is sometimes great, sometimes not so good.
- Sunshine Diner, Woodstock Rd (across from the Diplomat). Typical diner fare, with pancakes to die for, at unbeatable prices! Best Breakfast In Town
- Cora's, 476 Queen St, ☎ +1 506 472-2672. Chain restaurant. Busy all the time despite the price. Expect to line up for unexciting and overly large portions of omelettes and crepes with lots of fruit garnish. Okay for ovo-lacto vegetarians, but it would be nice to have some veggie food that does not involve eggs.
- Jack's Pizza & Donairs, 379 King St, ☎ +1 506 443-9000. Largest slices, pies and donairs in town. Open late.
- Brewbakers, 546 King St, ☎ +1 506 459-0067. Pricey in the evenings, but a couple of decent vegetarian lunch items (one pizza, one pasta, one sandwich, one appetizer) They serve a mussels in garlic and parmesan sauce which is incredible, as well as a baked brie that, while incredibly small, is very tasty.
- The Blue Canoe. A restaurant located at the Irving gas station on the TCH en route to Oromocto. Excellent prices, good value for dollar, hot fresh food. The kind of trucker's stick to your ribs meal you crave. Also a free wireless internet wifi hotspot
- The Blue Door, 100 Regent St, ☎ +1 506 455-2583. Busy every day and evening of the week. Calling and reserving ahead is always a good idea. Food and service get mixed reviews.
- The Terrace Dining Room at the Lord Beaverbrook Hotel, 659 Queen St, ☎ +1 506 455 3371. A wonderful restaurant in the summertime due in part to its wonderful deck looking out over the river. Friday night usually has a nice prime rib special/buffet. Saturday night is the tour of the world where the chefs of the Lord Beaverbrook Hotel try their skills cooking wonderful dishes from around the world. Worth checking out!
- The Snooty Fox, 66 Regent St, ☎ +1 506 474-1199. Very noisy at peak hours but one of the more decent places to get a simple meal and very good beer without being gouged. The roasted vegetarian sandwich is tasty and there are some other veggie options, especially at lunch.
- Dimitri's, 349 King St, ☎ +1 506 452-8882. Really good Greek food! The prices are very reasonable. Vegetarian moussaka, and of course the usual hummus, salads, etc. Veggie pita is disappointing feta cheese sandwich. Meat dishes are fine though, the soulavki was great and the Greek salad was nice.
- Panda Chinese Restaurant, 1216 Regent St (at Prospect, in the City Motel), ☎ +1 506 455-5050. Fredericton's only authentic Chinese restaurant opened in the summer of 2010, providing an excellent addition to Fredericton's otherwise dismal ethnic food scene. They have a daily Chinese lunch buffet with a small variety of choices (though the quality of the food makes up for it), and at $9 it is one of the cheapest buffets in the city.
- The Palate Restaurant & Cafe, 462 Queen St, ☎ +1 506 450-7911. Gets mixed reviews. Often thought to be overpriced and lacking in atmosphere. Avoid the lamb, the sauce is so excessive and overpowering that you may as well have dog meat on your plate for all the taste you get. Other dishes are passable.
- Mexicali Rosa's, 546 King St, ☎ +1 506 451-0686. The vegetarian fajitas are not particularly authentic, but they are tasty and the veggies are plentiful. Not the worst choice if you are on the road and could really use a meal that incorporates a lot of vegetables. The meat dishes are better. It's the sort of place people go to over and over again for burritos and drinks. Moving to the old Burrito Loco location.
- Luna Pizza, York St, ☎ +1 506 455-4020. Best pizza in Fredericton is not saying much. They are pretty good if you order a whole pie, but the slices can be disappointing (if not fresh). The caesar salad is great though. The restaurant portion is a nice, decently priced placed for Italian.
- Fadi's Pizza, 312 Main St, ☎ +1 506 454-9888. Good quality and tasty. The fatoush salad is great! Authentic, very garlicky, large portion, and possibly vegan.
- Coffee & Friends, 415 King St, ☎ +1 506 455-4554.
- The Happy Baker, 520 King St, ☎ +1 506 454-7200. Carleton Pl. Lunch only. Their soups are good and there is generally a vegetarian choice. Some of the sandwiches are veggie. Great baked goods!
- Bruno's, 225 Woodstock Rd, ☎ +1 506-451-7935. in the Delta Hotel. Upscale seafood restaurant, Thursday night Prime Rib Buffet, Friday Night Seafood Buffet and Sunday Brunch. Food is bland and overpriced. Outdoor patio "The Dip" in the summer is fantastic.
- The Diplomat, 253 Woodstock Rd (next to the Delta), ☎ +1 506-454-2400. 24-hour family restaurant with breakfast and a Chinese buffet (buffet is very Canadianized and heavy on meat and deep fried items).
- Caribbean Flavas. Brightly-coloured dining room serving Caribbean food, with very friendly service. Over-priced but some items are good. Some vegetarian options.
- Cafe Loka, 343 York St (cnr of York and Aberdeen), ☎ +1 506 206-2239. M-F 7:30AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-3PM, Su closed. Recently opened Cafe offering fair trade capulin coffee espresso drinks, all day breakfast menu (eggs,wraps) lunch menu (paninis,soup&salad,rice dishes) Daily specials are unique and many use our family Italian recipes. All items are made to order or homemade and prepared in our kitchen using fresh ingredients, locally sourced in NB if possible $6-12.
- Misu (Brookside Mall (drive around to the back entrance)). One of Fredericton's better Chinese Restaurants. They will sometimes make tofu if you ask nicely, they have some, and they are not busy. They have a nasty tendency to slip ground pork into your vegetarian food, so be explicit and vigilant.
- Arom Chinese Cuisine, Regent St (downtown). Authentic Chinese Restaurant. The old "Mei's" under new management, but the menu hasn't changed. They make their own tofu and offer a few vegetarian dishes. Many of their meat dishes can be made vegetarian if you ask (like the potstickers). Some feel the food is hardly "authentic Chinese" and the options are limited and pricey. There are, however, many worse restaurants in Fredericton.
- Asian Beef Noodle. Has tasty vegetarian fare available: a respectable pad thai, tofu curry, some noodles. A good addition to the scene.
- Jack's Restaurant & Bar. Karaoke on Tuesday nights.
- Boom!, 474 Queen St, ☎ +1 506-463-BOOM (2666). 8PM-2AM. A gay friendly nightclub, that plays mostly popular dance music. Boom offers a nice variety of drinks, especially with their large shooters. $4.50.
- Dolan's Irish Pub, 349 King St, ☎ +1 506 454-7474.
- The Cannon's Cross, 15 Riverside Dr, ☎ +1 506 455-1201.
- The Capital.
- The Cellar.
- Jame's Joyce Irish Pub, 659 Queen St, ☎ +1 506 450-9820.
- Lunar Rogue. Excellent selection of whiskies and scotches.
- McGinnis Landing, King St.
- Picaroons Traditional Ales, 422 Queen Street, Fredericton, NB, ☎ +1 506-472-9082. 10am-10pm.
- Snooty Fox, 66 Regent St, ☎ +1 506 474-1199.
- UNB Hotel, 20 Bailey Dr, ☎ +1 506 453-4800. UNB Campus. Offers reasonable rates for both tourists & students. Walk-ins welcome!
- St. Thomas University Summer Hotel, 368 Forest Hill Rd, ☎ +1 506 460-0329. Check-in: $45 for a single, $60 for a double, $90 for a suite, weekly & monthly rates also available. Offers 200 rooms from May-August
Bed and Breakfast
- Woodstock. About an hour by car to the north-west.
- Miramichi. To the north-east.
- Moncton. To the south-east.
- Edmundston. To the north-west.
- Quebec. To the north-west.
- St. Andrews. To the south-west.
- United States. To the south-west.
- Saint John. Due south.
- Marysville. A historic mill town.
|Routes through Fredericton|
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|END ←||W E||→ Jct → Sussex|