Set on the shores of the Saint John River, picture-perfect Fredericton offers equal parts city vibes and natural settings. Long considered the cultural capital of New Brunswick, Fredericton is alive with artisans and galleries. At the same time, it offers up limitless outdoor activities.
Best cultural experience in Fredricton
Beaverbrook Art Gallery is a must-see destination with a permanent collection of works numbering into the thousands. Showcasing both established masters, including works by Salvador Dali, and emerging artists from Canada and beyond, this visual arts gallery has been recently expanded to include additional access spaces and outdoor sculptures. Be sure to visit the bright and airy Café Beaverbrook for pastries, daily soups and braises by celebrated Chess Piece Patisserie.
Best cycle in Fredericton
Walk or cycle the trail across the river from downtown via the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge, and there you’ll find The Picaroons Roundhouse. Originally built in 1885, this lovingly restored historic site is now home to Picaroons brewery. Take in scenic views of the city while sipping one of many craft brews available, sampling an award-winning ale in the tasting room, or fuelling up with a bite to eat. Feeling ambitious? With the city’s well-maintained trail systems and craft breweries galore, many more refreshing stops are a leisurely ride away.
Best stay in Fredericton
Delta Hotels by Marriott Fredericton is the perfect waterfront locale for strolling downtown, touring by boat or paddling along the river. Or, relax in the full-service spa or at the poolside bar. A short distance away, and also overlooking the river, the top-rated Quartermain House B&B is located on historic Waterloo Row. A stay at this welcoming heritage property includes a sumptuous multi-course breakfast in the sunlit dining room.
Best restaurant in Fredericton
One of the newer additions to Fredericton’s flourishing culinary scene, 11th Mile features small plates and craft cocktails in a chic and cozy setting. Sunday brunch sees such “lazy lunch” dishes as braised pork tostada and avocado toast, while small bites at dinner may include house-made pickles, smashed cucumber or togarashi-spiced popcorn.
Best market in Fredericton
Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market is a lively and traditional Saturday morning gathering spot for both residents and visitors alike. Operating since 1951, it’s home to more than 200 vendors with an abundance of fresh and local foods, as well as arts and crafts on offer. From charcuterie to baked goods and fresh flowers to maple syrup, this indoor/outdoor market has it all. Pick up a fresh-roasted drip-brewed coffee from Whitney Coffee Company, and don’t miss The Food Alley’s famous samosas.
Best heritage moment in Fredericton
Kings Landing is a living history museum with buildings and artifacts dating back over 150 years from the birth of Canada to the early 20th century. The Village comes alive with farm animals, historical reenactors in full costume, and historic homes and shops. There are also more than 40 exhibits with hands-on experiences, and entertainment.