I have become an avid fan of Fredericton. I twitter and Instagram photos of new places I have found. Promoting my adopted city to anyone within earshot. It was number 19 in my Top 20 Maritime Outdoor Escapes for 2016, but I haven’t written a story on it yet…..why? Because every time I go into the city, I discover a new layer of brilliance. The depth is so immense. I believed I would do it an injustice, unless I searched every nook and cranny.
Where should I start?
Perhaps with the first nations that lived in the area of Wolstoq and greet Samuel Du Champlain?
Or with Fort Nashwaak and the Acadian history?
It literally wouldn’t be Fredericton, without the Loyalist.
Seven Loyalists petitioned the Lieutenant-Governor; Sir Thomas Carleton, 232 years ago on Dec 13th, 1785, to build a place of higher learning for the arts and sciences. Without them, Fredericton wouldn’t have the oldest English language university in Canada. The University of New Brunswick, also shares the distinction of the being the oldest university in North America, with the University of Georgia.
- Top : Sir Howard Douglas Hall and the historic plaque on right
- Middle: William Brydon Jack Observatory and National Historic Site plaque
- Bottom left: David McCord Hall
- Bottom right: the Neville House ( middle) and Lady Beaverbrook residence.
All that military culture and history; one of three Historic Districts in New Brunswick Should I start there? Please see The Miramichi River Route, as I would do it.to learn about Marysville, Historic District.
There are three National Historic Site churches and cathedrals to cover. St Ann Chapel of Ease, Christ Church cathedral, United Church, Local historic Wilmot Church.
It wouldn’t be proper to exclude the National Historic buildings and Provincial Historic building: The Legislative Assembly, Old Government House, City Hall, Belmont House. (picture not available)
What about the Fredericton Heritage Trust homes ?
Should I include all the plaques and monuments for people of honour and enterprise: Lord Beaverbrook, Sir Douglas Howe, Charles Fisher, Boss Gibson, Lemur Wilmot, Author-Mary Evelyn Granan, Poet-Carmen Bliss.
So many wonderful parks, and trails for walking, running, and cycling; they are all must see places. Odell, Wilmot, Queen Square, Angle view, Morell, Rabbit Town, Corbett Brook, and of course the Saint John River Green. Kilarney Lake- which I featured in Summer Of The Beach
Plus recreation on the Saint John River from small Crafts Aquatic center.
What if you like art, sculptures and murals? I have to include them in a story. If you do like them, please read my blog posts It All Started With Love, and Beaverbrook Bigger Better. and Sussex New Brunswick- Don’t Just Pass Through
What about those road-side attractions and quirky stuff we all love?
- top left: The cook outs Isaac;s way restaurant, former York County Court House
- Top Right: Anchor on the green walking trail
- Middle right: High water markers for past river floods
- Middle right below: Fredericton’s time capsule
- Bottom Left: In-land lighthouse.
- bottom right: Originally Fredericton city well #1 Wilmot park
- Bottom right Antique water pump carriage 520 York Street fire station #1
- Stand alone picture of 736 Queen Street. There is a grave buried under the street in front of this house.It has been uncovered and re-interned in the same place during road repair several time
What about if you love architectural features, should I find some of those for my story?
- Left Lynch Gate’s were built to place coffins under in bad weather (Rare) St Anne’s Chapel of Ease
- Right top: Remnant of the old tannery industrial gate
- Left bottom: The old tannery industrial arches and gate.
What if you like architectural styles?
Perhaps you just want a beer. Fredericton has a vibrant micro breweries culture. I have pictures of two: Picaroons on Union Street, and Red Rovers Cider House on Queen street. I loved the design choices in both. Country shek verses industrial.
Now you see why I haven’t written about Fredericton till now. Each topic could fill a book not a blog. But the map should help. Fredericton is fun with lots to see and do, but you can also relax and say you saw it all from your seat in a pub.
Cheers. Safe travels and Happy Holidays from Maritime Mac