Fredericton  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.
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 is currently served by Maritime Bus, which operates a route from Riviere-du-Loup via Fredericton to Moncton and beyond.
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.
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.
Fredericton Transit, ☎ +1 (506)460-2200, . 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.
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).
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:
Cora's, 476 Queen Street, ☎ +1 (506)472-2672, . 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, . 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, . 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, . 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, . 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, . 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, . 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
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.
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.
Bed and Breakfast
Summer and Alternative Lodging
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.
The Fredericton Airport currently services Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax. Carriers are Air Canada and WestJet.