Fredericton Tourist and Visitor Tips
Things YOU GOTTA SEE when visiting the Fredericton and central New Brunswick
Here are some suggestions for getting the most out of your visit to Fredericton. Depending on your length of stay, we've prioritized the attractions and activities so you can get the most out of your trip. We've put the easiest/closest items first, so you can capture the essence of Fredericton's history and locale, and those fortunate enough to stick around longer, well, they get to enjoy Fredericton event better!
The first day you are visiting Fredericton, focus your attention on the heritage sites and attractions downtown and along the waterfront:
Start at the City Hall, checking out the tapestries, the Audubon book, and the ceremonial guards out front
Visit the Justice Building, which contains the School Days Museum, and the artist-run Gallery Connexion
The Soldiers Barracks, Guard House and Militia Arms store show how the military lived in the early 1800s
Visit the NB Sports Hall of Fame, housed in the old post office and customs hall in the Military Compound
Take a look at the Wilmot United Church, with its 1852 wooden spire
The York Sunbury Historical Society Museum showcases the military traditions in Fredericton over the past 250 years.
Heading east, you pass Centennial Park with the Obelisk and the Indian Totem Pole, and pass The Playhouse
Visit the Legislative Assembly Building, built in 1882, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery with its many fine art exhibits
Returning to the river, along Waterloo Row, you'll pass the Trail Bridge and the Loyalist Cemetery and the Loyalist Memorial
Visit the gothic Christ Church Cathedral, the first cathedral in North America, begun in 1845
Kids will want to check out the exhibits at Science Centre East, in the Old York County Gaol (jail)
Walk toward the 1882 Brunswick Street United Baptist Church, and pass the Old Public Burial Ground where the city's very first Loyalist settlers were buried.
Head back into downtown and enjoy the city's dining and shopping in the central business district, including the Boyce Farmer's Market
Heading toward the River, pass Officers Square with its statue honouring newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook, on the way to the Fredericton Lighthouse and Museum
Walk along The Green, the waterfront park which showcases the magnificent Saint John River, and forms part of the /Transportation-Canada Trail system.
At the Regent Street Wharf you can take one of several cruises on the river, on either the Carleton 2 or the Wood Duck
If you're adventurous, take a lantern-lit, evening "Haunted Hike" with costumed guide
On this day, you can wander a bit further away, enjoying the larger area around Fredericton
Start out the day on the northside, checking out the quaint shops on Main Street
Head east past Carleton Park, up Watters St to Hayla Park, the first park built to protect a rare frog
Head northeast on the Marysville Bypass to the historic community of Marysville, with its huge cotton mill (now government offices)
Across the Saint John River, visit the beautiful and historic hillside campuses of University of New Brunswick ("UNB") and St Thomas University ("STU")
Head west and check out Old Government House, now the home and office of the province's Lieutenant Governor
Beside it is the NB Country Music Hall of Fame, featuring native son Wilf Carter, and beside it is the Small Craft Aquatic Centre, offering a range of waterborne diversions
Head up hill along Rockwood Dr to 174 hectare Odell Park, four times the size of Vancouver's Stanley Park, complete with an Arboretum, miles of trails and a Botanical Garden
Day Trip up the Saint John River
Head up the beautiful Saint John River on the northside, along Route 105
At about kilometre 25, you'll pass the Keswick Covered Bridge
Visit Mactaquac Provincial Park, with its beautiful recreation areas and Fish Culture Station
Check out the Mactaquac Dam, which raises the Saint John River 37 metres, to generate power for the entire province
Head across the River, and west along Highway 2 (the /Transportation-Canada) to Kings Landing Historical Village, representing life in rural 1800s new Brunswick
You can continue further, past Woodstock to the town of Hartland, which has the Hartland Covered Bridge over the Saint John River, which is the world's longest covered bridge, at 1,282 feet (391 m) long.
Depending on your time or mood, return via either Highway 2, or take the scenic route using Highway 102, which hugs the Saint John River.
Day Trip down the Saint John River
Head east on Route 102 which hugs the Saint John River, past the Fredericton Airport to Oromocto
Visit Canadian Forces Base Gagetown Military Museum, which showcases the area's military history since the 1800's including displays of large military vehicles
Continuing along the river, you pass the village of Burton and arrive at Gagetown, the birthplace of Samuel Leonard Tilley, one of the Fathers of Confederation.
Gagetown is the entrance to a very pretty part of the province, where the land is nestled around lakes and wide rivers (or is it the other way around?)
Take the ferry across the Saint John River, and check out the Gagetown Light.
Head north to Jemseg, passing a pair of covered bridges
Upon reaching Grand Lake, you can see a couple of lighthouses built to help recreational navigation on this houseboating heaven.
Return via the recently built Highway 2 on the south shore or enjoy the sunset over the water on the northside's Route 105.