Fredericton

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Introduction

New Brunswick's capital city, Fredericton is located along the St. John River. Fredericton is the cultural, artistic and educational centre of the province. Fredericton oshome to 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 Fredericton Region Museum and the Playhouse, the latter which serves as a venue for local talent/writers. Adding to the city's rich cultural milieu, Fredericton is the annual Harvest and Jazz and Blues Festival every fall which attracts regional and international jazz and blues artists. The city's IT and commercial sectors are growing, and it has the highest percentage of residents with a post-secondary education in the province and one of the highest per-capita incomes.

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Sights and Activities

  • Historic district. Take 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.
  • Legislative Assembly, 706 Queen Street (across the street from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery). June 21-late August: daily 9AM-5PM. Late August-late June: M-F 8:30AM-4PM. The seat of democracy in New Brunswick since 1882, when it replaced a building that had been destroyed by fire two years earlier. It is a three-story sandstone building with mansard roof and corner towers built in the Second Empire Style. Its central octagon domed tower rises 41 m above the main roof level. Free guided tour.
  • Historic Garrison District. 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.
  • Beaverbrook Art Gallery, 703 Queen Street, ☎ +1 506 458-2028. M-Sa 10AM-5PM (Th to 9PM); Su noon-5PM. Oct-Apr: closed Mondays. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is New Brunswick's provincial art gallery. It is named after William Maxwell "Max" Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, who funded the building of the gallery and assembled the original collection. It has over 300 works, including paintings by J.M.W. Turner and Salvador Dalí. Adult $10, 60 & over $8, student $5, child 6 & under free.
  • Old Government House, 51 Woodstock Road, ☎ +1 506 453-2505. From mid-May to the end of August, free bilingual tours (45 min) are offered M-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su noon-4PM. Elegant manor where galas and balls were hosted in yesteryear. Built in 1828, this important national and provincial historic site has been 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 the city and province's past. Free.
  • Christ Church Cathedral, 168 Church Street. The cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Fredericton. Construction began in 1845 and it was consecrated in 1853. The Gothic Revival cathedral is modelled after St. Mary's Church, Snettisham, Norfolk, and has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada. There are organizing recitals (by donation) every Friday at 12:10PM.
  • Science East, 668 Brunswick Street. Sep 1-May 31: M-F noon-5PM; Sa 10AM–5PM; Su and holidays noon-4PM (closed Dec 25-26). June 1-Aug 31 M-Sa 10AM–5PM; Su & holidays noon-4PM. Interactive science museum that uses innovative, interactive science exhibits to demonstrate basic science concepts, prompt curiosity and foster interest and understanding of science. The museum also features travelling exhibits. It is housed in the former York County jail. Constructed in 1842, the jail is a tourist attraction itself. Adult (18+) $10; Senior (60+) $8; Youth/Student (3-17 or college/university with ID) $6.50.
  • Fredericton Botanic Garden, 694 Prospect Street (main entrance) (at the west end of Odell Park), ☎ +1 506 452-9269. year-round from dawn to dusk. Free.
  • Fredericton Region Museum (formerly York-Sunbury Museum), 571 Queen St, ☎ +1 506 455-6041. Apr–June and Sep-Nov: Tu-Sa 1-4PM; July–Sept: daily 10AM-5PM; other times by appointment.. Focuses on preserving the history of the York and Sunbury region and of central New Brunswick. The museum possesses a large and diverse collection of artefacts, displaying a 100-year-old cake, the Coleman Frog, Victorian gowns, and a 10,000-year-old Clovis Point. The museum has displays include the Acadians, Loyalists, New Brunswick's Aboriginals, and a First World War trench. Adults $6; Students $3; Family $15 (two adults and children under 18 years); Children under 6 free.
  • New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, John Thurston Clark Memorial Building, 503 Queen Street (in the Historic Garrison District). Jun-Aug: Tu-F noon-5PM, Sa 10AM–5PM. Sep-May: by appointment only. Play your favourite game in the Sports Simulator, experience the stories of the inducted members in the Virtual Locker Room and see the science behind sports in the Biomechanics and Sports Discovery Centre.

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Events and Festivals

The city hosts an annual Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival every fall, attracting regional and international jazz and blues artists.

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Weather

Fredericton has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb). The average January low temperature is -16 °C, while the average high in July high is 26 °C. On average, Fredericton receives approximately 1,100 mm of precipitation per year. Snowfall is common between late November and early April, and snow usually stays on the ground beginning in December. Flooding occurs during the spring of most years on area rivers and affects the city's low-lying neighbourhoods. Its climate is somewhat influenced by its inland position, with warmer summers and colder winter nights than expected for coastal areas of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The highest temperature ever recorded in Fredericton was 38.9 °C on 18 August 1935. The coldest temperature ever recorded was -38.9 °C on 19 January 1925

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max-4 °C-2.3 °C3 °C9.7 °C17.5 °C22.8 °C25.6 °C24.7 °C19.5 °C12.8 °C5.6 °C-1.1 °C
Avg Min-15.5 °C-14.1 °C-7.8 °C-1.1 °C4.7 °C9.6 °C13 °C12.1 °C6.7 °C1.2 °C-3.5 °C-11.4 °C
Rainfall109.6 mm79.2 mm102.7 mm87.4 mm95.9 mm88.6 mm87.1 mm89.8 mm94.5 mm97.7 mm103.2 mm107.8 mm
Rain Days1511.514.213.21412.812.711.411.412.313.414.6

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Getting There

By Plane

Fredericton Airport (YFC IATA), 2570 Route 102 Hwy, Lincoln, ☎ +1 506-460-0920, fax: +1 506-460-0938. Located in Lincoln, 13 km southwest of Fredricton. Air Canada Express flies to Halifax, Montreal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson. WestJet Encore flies to Toronto–Pearson. Porter Airlines flies to Ottawa. Air Transat flies to St. John's, Newfoundland, and in winter to Cancún (Mexico), and to Puerto Plata and Punta Cana (in Dominican Republic). Sunwing Airlines flies to in winter to Varadero and Holguín (in Cuba). There is no shuttle service from the airport. Checker Cab (+1 506 450-8294) is the primary service provider - a cab costs $21 to the city centre (April 2017). Avis, Budget, National and Enterprise offer car rentals at the airport.

By Bus

Fredericton Bus Station, 85 Hubbard Rd, ☎ +1 506 458-6000.

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Getting Around

By Car

Some of the options to rent a car include the following companies:

By Public Transport

Fredericton Transit, ☎ +1 506 460-2200. Operates 9 routes M-Sa 6:15AM-11:00PM (except on holidays). $2.75, children under 6 free.

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Eat

Most major fast food chains can be found on Prospect Street on the south side and Main Street on the north side.

  • Coffee & Friends, 415 King St, ☎ +1 506 455-4554. M-F 9AM–6PM; Sa 10AM–6PM.
  • Jack's Pizza & Donairs, 379 King St (near York St), ☎ +1 506 443-9000. M 11AM–11PM; Tu-W 11AM– midnight; Th-Sa 11AM–3AM; Su noon–11PM. Slices, pies and donairs. Open late.
  • Luna Pizza, York St, ☎ +1 506 455-4020. M 11AM–10:30PM; Tu-W 11AM–11PM; Th-F 11AM–3AM; Sa 11:30AM–3AM; Su 11:30AM–11PM. Traditional stone-baked Montreal-style pizza, steaks, wings, ribs, chicken, donairs, salads or other Italian dishes. Eat-in, take-out or delivery. Fully licensed dining room.
  • The Happy Baker, 520 King St., HSBC Place (and three other locations), ☎ +1 506 454-7200. M-F 7AM–5PM; Sa 7AM–2PM. German bakery selling Vietnamese bread. Lunch only. Their soups are good and there is generally a vegetarian choice.
  • Dimitri's, 349 King St, ☎ +1 506 452-8882. Tu-Th Sa 11AM-9PM; F 11AM-10PM. Really good Greek food! The prices are very reasonable. Moussaka, souvlaki, and of course the usual hummus, salads, etc. Wraps $5-9, dinners $14-24.
  • Cafe Loka, 343 York St (cnr of York and Aberdeen), ☎ +1 506 206-2239. M-F 8AM-4:30PM; Sa 10AM-2PM. Cafe offering fair trade coffee espresso drinks, all day breakfast menu (eggs, wraps) lunch menu (paninis, soup & salad, rice dishes). Daily specials are unique and many use family Italian recipes. All items are made to order or homemade and prepared in their kitchen using fresh ingredients, locally sourced in NB if possible. $6-12.
  • Cora's, 476 Queen St, ☎ +1 506 472-2672. Chain restaurant. Breakfast and lunch only.
  • Brewbakers, 546 King St, ☎ +1 506 459-0067. Sun 5PM-9PM; Mon 11:30AM-9PM; Tu-Th 11:30AM-10PM; F 11:30AM-11PM; Sa 5PM-11PM. Seasonal dishes, focusing on fresh, local ingredients. Their sommelier has created an extensive wine list around their food style. Appetizers, pastas, salads, flatbreads $14-15.
  • The Snooty Fox, 66 Regent St, ☎ +1 506 474-1199. Tu-Sa 11AM–2AM; Su-M 11AM–2AM. Pub Fare is prepared in traditional fashion, fries are cut fresh daily, burgers are made by hand, and very good beer. Lunch combos $11.
  • Caribbean Flavas, 123 York St, ☎ +1 506 459-1230. Tu-F 11:30AM–2:30PM and 4:30PM-8:30PM; Sa 4:30PM–8:30PM. Brightly-coloured dining room serving Caribbean food, with very friendly service. Locally-raised, grass-fed, organic and halal meat. Vegetarian and gluten-free options. Lunches $10-12. Dinners $16-27.50.
  • Arom Chinese Cuisine, 74 Regent St (downtown). M-F 11AM–9PM; Sa-Su 3PM–9PM. Authentic Chinese restaurant. They make their own tofu and offer a few vegetarian dishes. Many of their meat dishes can be made vegetarian if you ask
  • Isaac's Way, 649 Queen St, ☎ +1 506 47-47-222. M-W 11:30AM–9PM; Th-F 11:30AM–10PM; Sa 10AM–10PM; Su 10AM–9PM. All dishes are made from scratch. Focus on local ingredients; wide selection of local beers; even New Brunswick wines are highlighted. Excellent desserts. On-going silent art auction. Gluten-free options are available - ask for their GF menu. Burgers $13-15. Mains $18-27. Vegetarian and chicken dishes $13-15.
  • The Terrace Dining Room at the Lord Beaverbrook Hotel, 659 Queen St, ☎ +1 506 455-3371. A wonderful deck looking out over the river. Friday night usually has a nice prime rib special and buffet.
  • The Palate Restaurant & Cafe, 462 Queen St, ☎ +1 506 450-7911.
  • Damda Vietnamese Restaurant, 526 Queen St.. Tu-F 11AM–10PM; Sa 4–10PM. Upscale decor for Vietnamese and Thai dining. Great service and drinks menu. The food is alright, but not up to the standards of Vietnamese food in larger cities. Not a bad choice, though. Mains $12-25.
  • Catch Urban Grill, 225 Woodstock Rd (wrst of downtown in the Delta Hotel), ☎ +1 506-451-7935. Seafood, steaks, vegan and gluten-free options, pasta buffet, an extensive wine list. Waterfront location.

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Drink

  • 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, Student Union building, University of New Brunswick. The Cellar serves a full menu from 11:30AM to midnight and hosts live music, comedians and entertainers.
  • James Joyce Irish Pub, 659 Queen St (in the Lord Beaverbrook (Crowne Plaza) Hotel), ☎ +1 506 450-9820.
  • Lunar Rogue. Excellent selection of whiskies and scotches.
  • McGinnis Landing, King St.
  • Picaroons Traditional Ales, 422 Queen Street, ☎ +1 506-472-9082. 10AM-10PM.
  • Snooty Fox, 66 Regent St, ☎ +1 506 474-1199.

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Sleep

  • Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel, 659 Queen St, ☎ +1 506 455-3371. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon.
  • Delta Fredericton, 225 Woodstock Rd, ☎ +1 506 457-7000. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon.
  • Fredericton Inn, 1315 Regent St, ☎ +1 506 455-1430.
  • Prospect Inn, 1600 Woodstock Rd, ☎ +1 506 450-9911.
  • UNB Residence, 20 Bailey Dr, ☎ +1 506 453-4800. UNB Campus. Offers reasonable rates for tourists & students. Walk-ins welcome!
  • Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Fredericton (Wandlyn Inn), 958 Prospect St, ☎ +1 506 462-4444, toll-free: +1-800-561-0000. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11PM. $85.
  • 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
  • Carriage House Inn, 230 University Ave, ☎ +1 506 452-9924.
  • Brennan's Bed and Breakfast, 146 Waterloo Row, ☎ +1 506 455-7346.
  • Parkview Bed and Breakfast, 236 Odell Av, ☎ +1 506 472-1959. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Three rooms with private bath. 15 min walk to city centre. Quiet, nicely furnished. Friendly hosts and dog. From $100 including breakfast and taxes.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet usage is wide-spread in Canada. Wi-fi is available in many locations in larger cities, sometimes free and sometimes at a cost. You will find Wi-Fi in coffee stores, some restaurants and also hotels and motels more and more offer this service for free, but with a code usually. Internet cafes are common along major streets, and and in larger cities, charge between $3 and $4 for an hour, usually in 20-minute increments.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Canada is: 1. To make an international call from Canada, the code is: 011. Emergency services can be reached by dialling 911. This number will give you free access to Police, Fire and Ambulance services and can be used from landlines, phone booths and cell phones.

The populous areas of Canada along the border with the USA have excellent cellular and wired telecommunications, meaning that travellers are never fair from an international phone call home, a WIFI connection or an internet cafe. Depending on the mobile phone provider, coverage could be either CDMA and GSM coverage. Travellers wishing to purchase SIM cards for GSM phones should look for Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility, which all offer nationwide availability.

Post

Postal service is provided by Canada Post, a crown corporation owned by the government but run as an independent business. Most post offices keep hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm though in bigger places longer hourse might be available.

To format the envelope of a letter sent within Canada, put the destination address on the centre of its envelope, with a stamp, postal indicia, meter label, or frank mark on the top-right corner of the envelope to acknowledge payment of postage. A return address, although it is not required, can be put on the top-left corner of the envelope in smaller type than the destination address.

The lettermail service allows the mailing of a letter. The basic rate is currently set at $0.63 for one standard letter (30 grams or less). The rates for lettermail are based or weight and size and determine whether the article falls into the aforementioned standard format, or in the oversize one. The rate is the same for a postcard. Mail sent internationally is known as letterpost. It can only contain paper documents. The rate for a standard letter is of $1.10 if sent to the United States, and $1.85 if sent to any other destination. Oversize or overweight letters may be charged a higher fee. Larger parcels can be shipped via Canada post both domestically and internationally, the rate is dependent on the weight and destination. [1]

Federal Express, TNT, UPS or DHL also provide interntional shipping from Canada and are usually very quick and reliable though might cost a little more compared to Canada Post.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 45.954364
  • Longitude: -66.645619

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