Province/Territory: New Brunswick

Historical City with nature on its doorstep

  • 432 acres of old-growth forest in Odell Park
  • 250 prizes in the geocache treasure hunt
  • 150 hands on exhibits at county jail turned science centre

March alongside Regiment costumed soldiers on the very grounds battled over in the War of 1812. Celebrate your victory with a glass of the local brew at a family-friendly restaurant down the street . Beneath Fredericton's historical wrapping lies a city filled with possibilities. Take in a city tour or explore the historic Garrison District at your leisure. There's no shortage of people, places and activities to choose from. The perfect start for regional day trips Fredericton offers a home away from home after a day of exploring the surrounds. And with nature only steps away you won't have to go far to find your next adventure. Will you paddle the St. John river on a self-guided tour or head out for a round of golf at Canada's Best New Course? Will you test your stamina on 85 kms of trails or be one of the few who can say they've ever walked on the ocean floor at the Bay of Fundy? Whatever your choice you can take your time. An east coast approach to living means lingering seafood-laden lunches filled with friendly chatter, followed by long walks is the norm. Whether you spend your days learning a new skill on an "EDventure" or picnicking on the beach, a memorable visit is guaranteed.

Outdoor adventure

  • Walk or bike along the 1.2km Salamanca Trail following the river or explore 432 acres of old-growth forest in Odell Park.
  • In winter, bundle up and skate outdoors on Killarney Lake, downtown at Officers’ Square or on the glistening ponds at Mactaquac Provincial Park, lit up at night and serving hot drinks at the Mactaquac Lodge.
  • Grab a rod and set out with a pro to fish to your heart's content.

Urban adventures

  • Solve a geocache puzzle while exploring the city's neighbourhoods using only a GPS and your sense of adventure.
  • Stand shoulder to shoulder with the Redcoats at a re-enactment in the Historic Garrison District.
  • A late afternoon stroll provides the perfect opportunity to explore the architectural history of the city that has influences ranging from British Colonial to Victorian.
  • Perfect your stroke at Kingswood Golf 18-hole Signature Course with a view you'll remember.

Arts & Culture

  • Gain a deeper understanding of what Atlantic Canadian life was like in the early 1800s at Historic Kings Landing.
  • Plan your visit to include the fall Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival which takes over the Historic Garrison District each year.
  • Gain an appreciation for local artists at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Food & Drink

  • Go for a drive in the country beneath covered bridges, pack a picnic lunch and head out in search of the perfect patch of grass with a view to eat it.
  • Grab a pint and catch a local band at a pub in town. With names like "The Snooty Fox," "iRock" and "Nicky Zee's," an entertaining evening is guaranteed.
  • Sample the produce from local farmers Saturdays at the Boyce Farmer's market.

Events & Festivals

  • Learn about premium whiskeys, ports, scotches and liqueurs from the world-class masters at the annual NB Spirits Festival.
  • Eat, drink and dance a fling at the New Brunswick Highland Games.
  • Visit the St. Mary's First Nation Old Reserve for a lesson in Canadian History. Celebrate alongside Maliseet First Nations peopleat a powwow filled with drumming, dancing and a feast of fiddleheads and salmon.

Weather

  • Summer in Fredericton is made for being outside. Temperatures stay warm but not hot thanks to its maritime location. Expect highs around 20°C.
  • Fall highs can hover in single digits by mid-October. A jacket will keep things comfortable.
  • New Brunswick has a real winter with anywhere from 76 cm to over 300 cm of snowfall yearly. Boots, coats, hats and mitts are reccomended.
  • Spring weather warms slowly but the thaw brings budding trees, plenty of park space to play in and temperatures that begin to hit double digits in late April/early May.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Quick facts

Area: 72,908 sq-km
Capital City: Fredericton
Largest City: Saint John
Total Population: 729,997
Official Languages: English & French
Provincial Motto: “Spem Reduxit” (Hope was restored)

When to go
  • Take to over 1,000 km of groomed trails on snowmobile, hit the hills on skis or keep it easy with natural skating ponds and tubing November to March.
  • Birdwatchers converge on the province each spring as maple sugar camps start harvesting.
  • The shorelines shimmer in the summer months (June to August) when festivals take over the parks, mountains are hiked and sandy beaches are open for swimming.
  • Autumn boasts a colourful backdrop of trees perfect for hiking or cycling and photo-worthy scenes that will take your breath away.
  • Plan your vacation to enjoy New Brunswick's incredible festivals and events.
Getting Here
  • Fredericton is located in Central New Brunswick just over an hours drive from the Bay of Fundy.
  • The province is located on Canada’s East Coast and is easily accessed by road or by train to Moncton.
  • Fly into the Fredericton International Airport (YFC) from many major cities.
  • You can easily get around New Brunswick by car, flight, ferry, bus or train.
Getting around
  • Fredericton's downtown core and historic Garrison district are easily walkable. If you're staying a bit further out consider taking a taxi or the Fredericton Transit an easy to use and affordable bus system.
  • When weather permits there are bicycle and in-line skate rental shops in the city which are great ways to get around quickly. Car rentals are also readily available.
  • And when you're ready to explore outside the city, scenic drives await making it a great "homebase" for further exploration.