Guest blogger, Stacey Russell, from Fredericton Tourism, has shared with us the top 10 things you need to experience in Fredericton this summer; here they are!
Who doesn’t love to visit a new city or area? One of the first things I do before arriving is get the inside scoop on what I CAN’T miss, including local tips & tricks.
I’m here to help you find out what to see & do in Fredericton this summer!
1. Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street
Did you know Fredericton’s home to one of Canada’s most renowned art galleries? From Dali to Freud, Turner to Krieghoff and SO many more international favourites – trust me, you’ll want to budget some time to visit this gem in the city’s downtown!
2. Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market
665 George Street
A Saturday tradition for residents (and a MUST for visitors) the market is open 6am-1pm in downtown Fredericton and features more than 200 local vendors. You’ll be sure to want to come on an empty stomach!
Tip: Traveling with kids? From June-August Science East Science Centre, located next to the market, offers their ‘Toonie Saturdays’ admission to the Science Centre.
3. FREE Entertainment in downtown Fredericton!
Officers’ Square, Historic Garrison District
Who doesn’t love FREE? Fredericton Tourism offers TONS of entertainment downtown in the Historic Garrison District throughout July & August including:
- Changing of the Guard – watch this military re-enactment daily (11am & 4pm) with an additional performance Tuesday & Thursday at 7pm. You may even be selected to inspect the Guard (and get a commemorative photo!)
- Concerts – from rock, pop, celtic, country and everything in between the Fredericton concert series has always been a popular spot! Tuesday & Thursday nights, 7:30pm.
- Under the Stars Movies – who doesn’t love to cuddle up and watch a good movie under the stars? Choose from Modern Favourites (Saturday night) or Classics (Sunday). And there’s even popcorn & concessions available for purchase!
Tip: Visitors to the city are provided with complimentary visitor chairs for the concerts & movies. Just look for a Fredericton Tourism staffer on-site!
4. More than 85kms of trails to explore!
From running, biking or just a leisurely stroll, you’ll enjoy the scenic views along Fredericton’s trail system. Choose from groomed or paved trails, many of which run along the Saint John & Nashawaak Rivers.
Tip: You’ll want to check out the popular Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge which offers some of the best views of downtown Fredericton!
5. Get out on the River
With the Saint John River running through the middle of the city you’ll find it calling your name this summer! And there’s lots of ways to experience it including kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals with Second Nature Outdoors. Prefer to sit back and relax? Go for a boat ride with Wolastoq Boat Tours. And for the ultimate relaxation, why not tube down the Nashwaak River.
6. Cheers to Fredericton’s Craft Beer & Cider Scene!
Thirsty? Did you know Fredericton’s home to the highest concentration of craft breweries and tasting experiences in the Maritimes? From award winning Picaroons Traditional Ales to New Brunswick’s first craft cider, Red Rover there’s more than 10 different craft alcohols to choose from, whether it’s at our local pubs & restaurants or tasting rooms around the city.
7. Kings Landing Historical Settlement
One of New Brunswick’s top attractions, plan to spend a day (or at the very least a ½ day) exploring this settlement. Try some hands on experiences including butter making, dipping and, spinning wool. Visit the blacksmith and admire his latest creations, see the churches, admire the views and make sure to stop by Ingram house to view their impressive gardens.
Tip: Stay for lunch at the Kings Head Inn where they offer both a traditional and modern menu to choose from (and make sure to save room for the gingerbread desert!). And don’t forget to stop by the gift shop as you leave – where you can find many of the items made on site!
8. Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
Fredericton’s home to Atlantic Canada’s finest festival – the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (September) which draws visitors from across North America. This 6-day festival takes over downtown Fredericton with intimate performances by many world class performances as well as local favourites. Whether you take the full festival, a show or even stop by the closed streets for some of the free fun this festival is a must if you’re visiting in September! Visiting during the summer? Get a full list of Fredericton festivals.
9. FORE! Get out on the links!
Golf lovers will surely have Kingswood Golf on their list of ‘must plays’! One of the top courses in New Brunswick, Kingswood has an 18-hole signature and 9-hole executive course. You’ll also want to check out Mactaquac Provincial Golf Course and the newly opened West Hills Golf Club which opened 9-holes in 2015 and the second is estimated to be completed in 2017.
10. Family Fun in Fredericton!
Traveling with the kids? There’s lots of ways to keep them busy in Fredericton from a boardgame cafe, free theatre, escape rooms, science centre, and even a critter dip and frog walk! Get the full list of 20+ family fun ideas in Fredericton!
11. FREE in Fredericton!
Ok… so I ended up with 11 experiences… I couldn’t resist sharing this impressive list of 40+ FREE things to see & do in Fredericton which will surely make you want to extend your visit! Get the list!
Questions? Let me know below or join the conversation on the Fredericton Tourism facebook page which is chalk full of even more tips on things to experience in Fredericton! In the meantime, I hope I’ve inspired you to visit!
Author: Stacey Russel, Social Media / Travel Media Relations; Fredericton Tourism
Stacey Russell is a busy mom of 2 girls. When she’s not out exploring the city with her family she’s managing Fredericton Tourism’s digital media including facebook, twitter & instagram telling residents and visitors all about the region.