Museums, riverside trails, and art galleries make Fredericton a treat to visit. Shop, dine, and take walking tours in the city’s Historic Garrison District.
Fredericton, the New Brunswick provincial capital, boasts a slew of historic and artsy attractions. A polished historic district is filled with galleries, museums, and parks to provide plenty of activities.
Begin a city visit with a stop at the Fredericton City Hall. Near the Westmorland Street Bridge, the brick clock tower is unmissable on Queen Street at York Street. The city provides a free, two-day parking pass to visitors. Parking lots behind City Hall near the Saint John riverside are a good base. From City Hall, the historic downtown falls to the southeast. Guided walking tours are available – inquire with the visitor information center.
Historic Garrison District in Fredericton, NB
Polish brick buildings, living history museums, and lively re-enactments make the Historic Garrison District Fredericton’s top attraction. The district is central to shopping, restaurants, galleries and museums. Within the district, check out the Guard House off Barrack Square, visit the School Days Museum in the Justice Building annex, or catch the changing of the guard in Officers’ Square.
From the district, continue along Queen Street or on the riverside trails towards museums and ornate historic homes.
Fredericton, NB Museums and Galleries
Fredericton offers experiences for history lovers to immerse themselves in the Loyalist and military history of the city. Find a mixture of galleries and family activities downtown, including:
Beaverbrook Art Gallery: A mix of classic Canadian and renowned international pieces form the gallery’s collection. Donated by press baron Lord Beaverbrook, the collection includes Dali’s Santiago El Grande among other major works. 703 Queen St., Fredericton; (506) 458-8545.
Christ Church Cathedral: Live music and a pleasing design make this cathedral a worthy visit. 168 Church St., Fredericton.
Gallery 78-Crocket House: An ornate Queen-Anne-style home houses a diverse art collection. Located just down the street from the Beaverbrook. 796 Queen St., Fredericton; (506) 454-5192.
Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick building: The sandstone towers of the downtown building give a very streamlined edge to the historic building. Guided tours are available year-round. 706 Queen St., Fredericton; (506) 453-2527.
New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame: The former post office, customs house, and library now features sport exhibits and activities. 503 Queen St, Fredericton; (506) 453-3747.
Fredericton, NB Activities and Attractions
A pedestrian-friendly city, Fredericton offers bike routes and riverside walks – a venerable attraction in summer. Trails following the river banks from the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge (an old railway bridge), up river past Lighthouse on the Green, under the Westmorland Street Bridge, and past the Lieutenant Governor’s mansion, Government House. The University of New Brunswick Campus with its historic buildings also provides a leafy enclave to explore.