The summer solstice, June 21, makes all Canadians excited for the upcoming warm weather, fun outdoor adventures and spending time with friends and family.
Here in Fredericton, NB one of Canada’s best capital cities we have something for everyone to enjoy and we invite you to join us! Our team has compiled the top five activities for a perfect sunny summer Saturday – we hope you will enjoy them as much as we do.
Saturday Morning Staple
A Saturday morning staple in Fredericton is a visit to our Boyce Farmers Market located in the heart of downtown, on George Street. The market is open every Saturday from 6 am to 1 pm. It has been recognized as one of Canada’s top 10 community markets and is an excellent spot for fresh and healthy foods, crafts, and creativity. From food trucks to speciality coffees, there is something for everyone at the Market.
Float Down the River
After your tummy is full of fantastic fresh food, you can explore our fabulous capital city by floating down the Saint John River. Fredericton is bisected by the Saint John River, which runs roughly west-east through the city. First named “Wolastoq” (beautiful river) by the Wolastoqiyik First Nation, the river has transformed from a shipping and transport corridor to the world-class recreation hub it is today. Located 20 km north of Fredericton, Nashwaak Tubing offers a great way to cool off on a summer’s day. Choose between their Sterling’s Wharf package (approx. 1 – 1.5 hours) and their Gilligan’s Ride package (approx. 3 hours) and cruise down the river on an inflatable tube. This lazy river float is a great way to relax while spending time with friends and family.
Take a Trip to the Other Side
If floating down the river is not quite your style, try exploring our foot-friendly city by walking or biking along the riverfront and across the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge.
The 581-meter railway bridge across the Saint John River began construction in 1887 with the Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald, laying of the first foundation stone. The bridge was opened to trains in 1889 and operated until 1996 when it was then converted to a pedestrian bridge.
A leisurely walk from UNB’s Summer Accommodations office to the foot of the bridge is approximately 18 minutes, and walking across the bridge will take you approximately 10 minutes. The Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge will give you a panoramic view of the river and a perfect Instagram shot! Once you arrive on the North side of the river, feel free to continue on the trail and explore more of our stunning riverfront.
Sip Some Suds
Fredericton is experiencing a craft beer boom and is attracting lots of attention to our capital city for exceptional suds. We now have the highest concentration of breweries, meaderies and cideries in Atlantic Canada; and Alcool New Brunswick Liquor has recently opened a craft beer room in the historic York Street train station building. Our local suds provide something for everyone, be sure to taste a few during your time in Fredericton!
- Graystone Brewing
- Location – 221 King Street
- Twitter – @GraystoneBeer
- Grimross Brewing
- Location – 600 Bishop Drive
- Twitter – @GrimmrossBrewing
- Red Rover – The Cider House
- Location – 546 Queen Street
- Twitter – @RedRoverBrew
- Trailway Brewing Co.
- Location – 280 Main Street, Fredericton Northside
- Twitter – @trailwaybrewing
- The Picaroons Roundhouse
- Location – 800 Union Street, Fredericton Northside
- Twitter – @picaroons
Under the Stars Film Series
The summer weather in Fredericton is gorgeous from dawn to dusk, and after a full day of exploring our wonderful capital city, you can relax and enjoy our ‘Under the Stars’ film series.
On Saturday and Sunday nights in the summer, Officers’ Square transforms into an outdoor movie theatre. Watch classic films on the silver screen every Sunday evening at dusk in Officers’ Square, and catch some newer classics every Saturday nights at dusk. Refreshments are available for purchase on site, and complimentary chairs are available for visitors.
BONUS – Home for a Rest
After a fun filled day exploring Fredericton, you will be ready for a rest! We welcome you to stay with us at our UNB Summer Accommodations (open May – August). Our accommodations include free wireless internet, free parking, complimentary one-day gym and pool pass, and complimentary continental breakfast (traditional rooms only).
For more information about our traditional and suite style accommodations, please call 1-888-865-6122 or visit http://www.stay.unb.ca
Written by: Courtney Larkin, Conference & Event Coordinator