Things to do in Fredericton
Fredericton is a dynamic city, filled with history as well as urban energy, it’s easy to plan a trip that will please everybody. Everywhere you look, beautiful green space fills the landscape, and its river front setting invites water activities of all kinds, both to participate in and enjoy as a spectator. Fredericton is a hotbed for culture, and there are no end of galleries and artisan boutiques as well as fascinating museums and theatres that bring in top quality entertainment, both musical and theatrical.
Enjoy some of Fredericton’s most popular destinations:
Odell Park is right smack in the middle of town, a beautiful wooded wonderland escape with several walking trails and a nice playground for children complete with a duck pond. Shaded by a canopy of Hemlock trees during the summer, the autumn color is spectacular, and the trails are groomed for cross-country skiing during the winter months. Take a Saturday morning trip to the Farmer’s Market before you stake your claim at one of the several picnic areas in the park, complete with tables and BBQ grills for day use.
Officer’s Square is another park in the center of town, and you can watch a full-uniformed changing of the guards daily during July and August. Established in 1785 as a military parade ground, it is located in the Garrison District and nowadays plays host to live theatrical productions. Catch a performance during their musical Concert Series over the summer, and in the winter, join the locals for outdoor ice skating. Plan to explore the Garrison District and take in all the history, architecture and culture it has to offer via diverse live musical and theatrical performances, reenactments, museum attractions, galleries and the Sports Hall of Fame.
The city of Fredericton has over eighty kilometers of trails for walking, hiking, roller-blading or cycling. Bicycle and skate rentals are available, and the river trail winds for miles through the city, with views of historical architecture as well as abundant wildlife and seabirds. A good place to start is the Lighthouse on the Green, one of the few remaining lighthouses along the river banks. Climb to the top viewing deck, stay for lunch, or just enjoy an ice cream or a pint of local craft beer. The Green itself is a five kilometer riverfront pathway that connects with the rest of the eighty-plus kilometers of trails through the city. Pick up a visitor’s guide for a complete map of all the trails and several suggested self-guided walking tours.