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Fredericton [16] is the capital of New Brunswick, Canada. It is located along the St. John River. Fredericton is the cultural, artistic and educational centre of the province. Fredericton boasts 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 York-Sunbury Museum and the Playhouse, the latter which serves as a venue for local talent/writers. As well, adding to the city's rich cultural milieu, Fredericton is home to the annual Harvest and Jazz and Blues Festival every fall which attracts regional and international jazz and blues artists. The city also contains a growing IT and commercial sector. The city boasts the highest percentage of residents with a post-secondary education in the province and one of the highest per capita incomes.

The population of City of Fredericton is 56,224 (per 2011 census), although the population varies due to the influx of students during the school year which is not counted in official censuses. The City of Fredericton comprises Fredericton proper, and the boroughs of Silverwood, Nashwaaksis, Devon, Barker's Point and Marysville which were incorporated into the city in 1973.

The city is situated in the west-central portion of the province and, along with Moncton and Saint John, is one of the main urban centres in New Brunswick. The St. John River flows in a west-east direction, bisecting the city and providing the dominant natural feature for the municipality.



Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) -4 -3 3 10 17 23 25 25 19 13 5 -1
Nightly lows (°C) -15 -13 -7 -1 5 10 13 13 8 3 -2 -10
Precipitation (mm) 104 72 95 83 100 92 90 85 95 99 105 104

See the Fredericton 7-day forecast at Environment Canada [17]

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Fredericton is served by an international airport located in Lincoln (IATA: YFC). The following airlines operate passenger flights into the airport: Air Canada, WestJet, and Sunwing (Nov-May) for sun destinations.

Fredericton International Airport, 2570 Route 102, +1 (506)460-0920, [1].  edit

By bus[edit]

Fredericton is currently served by Maritime Bus, which operates a route from Riviere-du-Loup via Fredericton to Moncton and beyond.

  • Fredericton Bus Station, 105 Dundonald St, +1 (506)455-2049, [2]. Monday – Friday: 8:00am-8:00pm Saturday – Sunday: 10:00am-8:00pm.  edit

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

The downtown core and surrounding areas (extending to the west as far as the Delta hotel and to the east as far as the Princess Margaret Bridge is easily accessible by foot. The terrain is flat and concrete sidewalks are a standard feature of most streets and neighbourhoods. Fredericton features a robust walking trail system detailed here. Features include a paved walking trail along both edges of the Saint John river, a walking bridge connecting both trails and a leisure gravel network within Odell Park.

By car[edit]

Venturing outside of the downtown core is suited best by car. Roads are well maintained and signed and allow access to all surrounding areas. The principle business district is uptown, to the south of the downtown core. Uptown is easily navigated by going up the hill. Parking in most places outside of the downtown core is free. Rental cars are available at the airport and throughout the city.

By bus[edit]

Fredericton Transit, +1 (506)460-2200, [3].  edit The majority of the city is covered by bus service. While intervals are long, a well-timed ride can be economical for travel across the city. Note that service is not available on Sundays - keep a taxi company dispatch number handy if you need to go somewhere far afield on this day of the week.

By taxi[edit]

Taxi rides vary from about $6 around the downtown core to upwards of $40 for one-way trips to the outer boroughs. It is not typical for riders to wave down cabs in the city, but can be done. Calling the taxi company landline is typical and waits are usually less than 5 minutes within the downtown core during evening hours (except when bars close around 1am Friday and Saturday). Peer to peer transportation companies such as Lyft and Uber do not operate in Fredericton (as of July 2016).

  • Checker Cab +1 (506)450-8294. This company is the largest taxicab company in the City. Service and prices are good.
  • Budget Cab +1 (506)450-1199
  • A-1 Taxi +1 (506)455-4444
  • Loyal Taxi +1 (506)455-6789
  • George's Sky-Cab +1 (506)459-1100
  • Standard Taxi +1 (506)450-4444
  • ABC Taxi +1 (506)455-5555

See[edit][add listing]

It is highly recommend taking 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.

Other historic and natural attractions around the city include:

  • Legislative Assembly [18]- Home to the provincial government, the legislative assembly building has been recently renovated and welcoming to the public during business hours. Tours can be arranged by calling ahead.
  • Odell Park [19]- A central park feature within the city. The park is open year round with the walking trails and grounds open during daylight hours. The park features a picnic area, a duck pond, recently renovated lodge and a disc golf course. Of course there are many trails throughout the park featuring information placards about the old growth forest. Very scenic and worth a quick visit.
  • Historic Garrison District- Experience Fredericton's vibrant heart, where Colonial history and dynamic modern culture meet by the majestic St. John River. 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.
  • Beaverbrook Art Gallery [20]
  • Old Government House [21] is where you'll enjoy a free guided tour in the elegant surroundings where galas and balls were hosted in yesteryear. Built in 1828, this important national and provincial historic site has been gloriously 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 our city and province's past.
  • King's Landing [23] 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 1800’s. 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.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, [24]. Usually held in the middle of September and should not be missed. It is a very beautiful time of year and the festival music is top notch.
  • Tour craft breweries/cideries/meaderies. With 10 craft alcohol breweries popping up in town over the past few years, Fredericton has a authentic local drinking culture in the making. From Picaroon's new brewery located adjacent to the walking bridge on the Northside, to Graystone, Red Rover and York County Cider's downtown locations, one will be able to have a craft drink crawl in Fredericton as soon as this summer!
  • Walking/biking trails. There are many to enjoy as well.
  • Calithumpians Tour & Theatre Company, [25]. Established in 1979 Calithumpians Theatre Company continues to provide the humorous and historical theatrical entertainment that they have become known for locally and throughout North America.
  • Fredericton Golf & Curling Club, 331 Golf Club Rd, +1 506 458-0003, [4].  edit
  • Mactaquac Golf Course, [26].
  • Mactaquac Park, 506.363.4747, [27].
  • York-Sunbury Museum, 571 Queen Street.
  • New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, [29].


  • The University of New Brunswick, [30]. The oldest university in the country, founded in 1785.
  • St. Thomas University, [31]. The province's only Catholic university and has been located in Fredericton since 1964, when it moved from its Chatham, New Brunswick campus.
  • New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, [32].
  • New Bunswick Community College Fredericton Center, [33].
  • Meritus University, [34].
  • Maritime College of Forest Technology.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Boyce's Farmer's Market, [35]. This is the place to be Saturday morning; it is not to be missed! Get there early because by 10:30AM it gets unbearably busy. The market opens at 6:30AM every Saturday. The samosas are very tasty. So much so, people seem to push and shove to get in line for them! The German bakers, fresh orange juice and the sausages are awesome.
  • Cultures Boutique An international gift store operated by the International Department of the Fredericton YMCA.
  • Urban Almanac, 75 York St, [36]. This shop has a wonderful assortment of gifts that you won't find anywhere else.
  • Backstreet Records 384 Queen St. Backstreet has a large inventory of rare and hard to find selection of disks and records. It also has lots of used albums.
  • Owl's Nest Bookstore, 390 Queen St, [37]. A very large selection of used books is contained in a building half a block long and two stories high.
  • Westminster Books, 445 King St, [38]. Westminster is the place to find books from local authors and maritime books.
  • Reid's Newsstand & Cafe 435 King St, (506) 454-5333.
  • Tony's Music Box, 396 Queen St, 506.458.8286, [39].
  • White Lotus Tattoo, Custom Tattoo and Piercing. 526 Queen St. Very friendly staff, very clean, sterile environment. The right place to get your tattoo or piercing. Wide selection of body jewellery. [40].

Eat[edit][add listing]

Downtown Core[edit]

Cora's, 476 Queen Street, +1 (506)472-2672, [5].  edit Chain restaurant. Busy all the time despite the price. Expect to line up for unexciting and overly large portions of omelettes and crepes with lots of fruit garnish. Okay for vegetarians.

Jack's Pizza & Donairs, 379 King Street, +1 (506)443-9000.  edit Largest slices, pies and donairs in town. Open late.

Brewbaker's, 546 King Street, +1 (506)459-0067, [6].  edit Pricey in the evenings, but a couple of decent vegetarian lunch items (one pizza, one pasta, one sandwich, one appetizer) They serve a mussels in garlic and parmesan sauce which is incredible, as well as a baked brie that, while small, is very tasty.

The Terrace, 659 Queen Street, +1 (506)455-3371.  edit A wonderful restaurant in the summertime due in part to its wonderful deck looking out over the river. Friday night usually has a nice prime rib special/buffet. Saturday night is the tour of the world where the chefs of the Lord Beaverbrook Hotel try their skills cooking wonderful dishes from around the world. Worth checking out!

The Snooty Fox, 66 Regent Street, +1 (506)474-1199.  edit Very noisy at peak hours but one of the more decent places to get a simple meal and very good beer without being gouged. The roasted vegetarian sandwich is tasty and there are some other veggie options, especially at lunch.

Dimitri's, 349 King Street, +1 (506)452-8882, [7].  edit Really good Greek food! The prices are very reasonable. Vegetarian moussaka, and of course the usual hummus, salads, etc. Veggie pita is disappointing feta cheese sandwich. Meat dishes are fine though, the soulavki was great and the greek salad was nice.

The Palate Restaurant & Cafe, 462 Queen Street, +1 (506)450-7911.  edit Gets mixed reviews. Often thought to be overpriced and lacking in atmosphere. Avoid the lamb, the sauce is so excessive and overpowering that you may as well have dog meat on your plate for all the taste you get. Other dishes are passable.

Mexicali Rosa's, 546 King Street, +1 (506)451-0686, [8].  edit The vegetarian fajitas are not particularly authentic, but they are tasty and the veggies are plentiful. Not the worst choice if you are on the road and could really use a meal that incorporates a lot of vegetables. The meat dishes are better. It's the sort of place people go to over and over again for burritos and drinks.

Luna Pizza, +1 (506)455-4020.  edit Best pizza in Fredericton is not saying much. They are pretty good if you order a whole pie, but the slices can be disappointing (if not fresh). The caesar salad is great though. The restaurant portion is a nice, decently priced placed for Italian.

Coffee & Friends, 415 King Street, +1 (506)455-4554.  edit Cute little cafe, the owners are the nicest people in all of Fredericton. Delicious paninis and a wide selection of sweets. Fair Trade options, and some of the coffee beans are now roasted on site. In warm weather the front patio is a great place to hang out.

The Happy Baker (520 King Street), +1 (506)454-7200.  edit Lunch only. Their soups are good and there is generally a vegetarian choice. Some of the sandwiches are veggie. Great baked goods!

Caribbean Flavas, 123 York Street, +1 (506)459-1230, [9].  edit Brightly-coloured dining room serving Caribbean food, with very friendly service. Over-priced but some items are good. Some vegetarian options.

Isaac's Way, 649 Queen Street, +1 (506)472-7222, [10]. Casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Huge summer patio, great service, creative food, and an extensive wine and draught selection. Come early to get a seat as its usually packed!  edit

Cafe Loka & Bistro, 343 York Street ((cnr of York and Aberdeen)), +1 506 206-2239, [11]. M-F 7:30AM-4PM, Sa 11:30AM-2PM, Su closed. Recently opened Cafe offering Capulin coffee espresso drinks, all day breakfast menu (eggs,wraps) lunch menu (paninis,soup&salad,rice dishes,burgers) Daily specials are unique and many use family Italian recipes. All items are made to order or homemade and prepared in our kitchen using fresh ingredients, locally sourced in NB if possible. Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-free options available. Outdoor seating and free Wi-Fi. $5-14. (45.9575362,-66.6479207) edit

South-side surrounding areas[edit]

Cabin Restaurant, 723 Woodstock Road, +1 (506)459-0094, [12].  edit This place could define the term greasy spoon restaurant. Typical diner, the food is sometimes great, sometimes not so good.

Sunshine Diner, 7 Brookmount Street, +1 (506)459-0094, [13].  edit Typical diner fare, with pancakes to die for, at unbeatable prices!

Catch [urban grill], 225 Woodstock Road, +1 (506)451-7935, [14].  edit In the Delta hotel. Upscale seafood restaurant and Sunday Brunch. Outdoor patio "The Dip" in the summer is fantastic.

The Diplomat, 253 Woodstock Rd, +1 (506)454-2400.  edit Next to the Delta hotel. 24-hour family restaurant with breakfast and a Chinese buffet (buffet is very Canadianized and heavy on meat and deep fried items).

The Blue Canoe.  edit A restaurant located at the Irving gas station on the Route 2 Highway en route to Oromocto. Excellent prices, good value for dollar, hot fresh food. The kind of trucker's stick to your ribs meal you crave. Also a free wireless internet hotspot.

Panda Chinese Restaurant, 1216 Regent St, +1 (506)455-5050.  edit Fredericton's only authentic Chinese restaurant opened in the summer of 2010, providing an excellent addition to Fredericton's ethnic food scene. They have a daily Chinese lunch buffet with a small variety of choices (though the quality of the food makes up for it), and at $9 it is one of the cheapest buffets in the city.

Other listings[edit]

Fadi's Pizza, 312 Main Street, +1 (506)454-9888.  edit Good quality and tasty. The fatoush salad is great! Authentic, very garlicky, large portion, and possibly vegan.

Misu, Brookside Mall (drive around to the back entrance) One of Fredericton's better Chinese Restaurants. They will sometimes make tofu if you ask nicely, they have some, and they are not busy. They have a nasty tendency to slip ground pork into your vegetarian food, so be explicit and vigilant.

Arom Chinese Cuisine, Downtown, Regent Street. Authentic Chinese Restaurant. The old "Mei's" under new management, but the menu hasn't changed. They make their own tofu and offer a few vegetarian dishes. Many of their meat dishes can be made vegetarian if you ask (like the potstickers). Some feel the food is hardly "authentic Chinese" and the options are limited and pricey. There are, however, many worse restaurants in Fredericton.

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

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Dolan's Irish Pub, 349 King St, (506) 454-7474
  • Snooty Fox, 66 Regent St, (506) 474 1199
  • Jame's Joyce Irish Pub, 659 Queen St, (506) 450-9820
  • Lunar Rogue [41].
  • The Cannon's Cross 15 Riverside Dr, (506) 455-1201.
  • The Capital [42]
  • The Cellar [43]- A student bar open during the school year Sept-Jun.
  • McGinnis Landing King St
  • Boom!, 474 Queen St, 506-463-BOOM (2666), [15]. 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.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget Accommodations[edit]

  • Knights Inn 1214 Lincoln Road, +1 506 458-8784, [44]. Offers accommodations just out of the city for $55/night. There's a gorgeous walking/cycling trail back into the city (about an hour walk or <15 minute bike ride).


  • Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel, 659 Queen St, (506) 455-3371, [45].
  • Delta Fredericton, 225 Woodstock Rd, (506) 457-7000, [46].
  • Fredericton Inn, 1315 Regent St, (506) 455-1430, [47].
  • Best Western Plus, 333 Bishop Dr, (506) 455-8448 [48]
  • Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, 958 Prospect St, (506)462-4444 Toll-Free Reservations: 1-800-561-0000, [49].
  • Hampton Inn Fredericton, 470 Bishop Dr, +1 (506)300-1818 [50]

Bed and Breakfast[edit]

  • Carriage House Inn, 230 University Ave, (506) 452-9924.
  • Brennan's Bed and Breakfast [51], 146 Waterloo Row, (506) 455-7346.

Summer and Alternative Lodging[edit]

  • UNB Summer Housing, 20 Bailey Dr, UNB Campus (506) 453-4800, [52]. Offers reasonable rates for both tourists & students. Walk-ins welcome!
  • St. Thomas University Hotel, 368 Forest Hill Rd (506)460-0329. Affordable rates, both reservations and walk-ins are welcome. [53].

Get out[edit]

The major highway connecting Fredericton to the rest of the country is the Trans Canada Highway (Route 2). The highway passes by the South of the city, and is accessible from the downtown core by heading up the hill.

  • Miramichi. To the north-east via Route 8.
  • Moncton. To the east via Route 2.
  • Saint John. Due south via Route 7.
  • St. Andrews. To the south-west via Route 3.
  • Quebec. To the north-west via Route 2. Approximately 4 hours to the border.
  • Halifax. To the south-east via Route 2. Approximately 4 hours.
  • Prince Edward Island. To the east via Route 2. Approximately 3 hours to the Confederation Bridge.
  • United States. To the west. Accessible via either St. Stephen or through Woodstock. Generally travelling further than a few hours into the United States is quicker via Woodstock, however the lower road is more scenic.

The Fredericton Airport currently services Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax. Carriers are Air Canada and WestJet.

Routes through Fredericton
EdmundstonWoodstock  W noframe E  → Oromocto → Moncton

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