Fredericton is the capital city of the province of New Brunswick in Canada. Often somewhat forgotten as a place to visit, Fredericton has a rich culture and small town charm that is worth experiencing. New Brunswick has the highest French-speaking population outside of Quebec in Canada, and is increasingly diverse, given the university and government dominance in the culture. The city is home to many tourist attractions and recreational activities.
The University of New Brunswick was founded in 1785 and is the oldest public University in North America. It has a high reputation among Canadian Universities today and, in conjunction with St. Thomas University, makes Fredericton a city centered on University culture, from its sports teams to its collegiate atmosphere. The two Universities are located on "The Hill," and have spectacular views of the river that cuts through Fredericton, as well as beautiful 18th century buildings. The city has the highest percentage of university-educated citizens in New Brunswick and the presence of so many students means a great nightlife.
On King Street and the surrounding area in the popular stretch overlooking the Saint John River, you'll find many bars and restaurants with an international flair. You'll feel right at home in the Lunar Rogue, where you'll find the best whisky selection in Atlantic Canada. Dolan's Pub is as close to an authentic Irish pub that you'll find this side of the Atlantic, with excellent draught beer and live bands.
Things to do in Fredericton are many to choose from. The city is home to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, which is the foremost gallery in Atlantic Canada. It hosts frequent events and exhibitions and attracts aficionados from the surrounding area as well as locals interested in a thriving art culture and has a fine collection of famous work. The annual Harvest Jazz and Blues festival has become a cultural hotbed of international artists, and brings a cosmopolitan vibe to this small city of less than 100,000 people.
Parks and trails are easily found in Fredericton, with many trails following old railroad lines in and around the city. There are many parks to be found, where you can enjoy the temperate climate of New Brunswick, though it's best to plan your outing that day, as the weather can change quickly in Fredericton.