Travel Tuesday: 6 Reasons to Discover Fredericton in the Summer

Travel Tuesday: 6 Reasons to Discover Fredericton in the Summer in Travel Tuesday

With its diverse landscape, amazing food and friendly people, New Brunswick is a must stop province for a summer vacation. Located in the heart of the Saint John River Valley is the province’s capital city, Fredericton, which has history, culture and beauty, all of which makes it a great travel destination for everyone.

Here are the top six reasons to discover Fredericton in the summer:

1) Rent a bike and explore the city:

The Saint John River divides the city and provides scenic views from all areas. Rent a bike from Savage’s Bicycle Centre (Canada’s oldest bike shop!) to get out and take in the city. Paved trails will take you to the Beaverbrook Museum, the New Brunswick Legislature, and even to the town of Marysville – a National Historic Site.

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2) Grab a coffee and walk around the historic downtown area:

Fredericton secretly has some of the best coffee in Atlantic Canada. Two of my personal favourites are Jonnie Java Roasters and the Urban Almanac General Store on York Street, where you can drink in or buy fresh roasted coffee to take home.

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3) Pick a patio and enjoy a cold drink:

The East Coast is full of great patios and Fredericton is no exception. Walk down King and Queen Streets to find a patio and enjoy a cold drink or two to beat the summer heat. Try Brewbakers or Gahan House for a guaranteed good time.

4) Go shopping at unique local stores:

Downtown Fredericton is full of unique local shops that offer a wide variety of items from locally made crafts and jewelry to high-end clothing and furniture. Men can’t go wrong checking out the excellent customer service at Peter Roberts. Here you can find everything to wear to get ready -- from work to the beach.

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5) Find a market:

Fredericton has several great local markets to fit different tastes and times. On Saturdays, you can visit the local institution, the Boyce Farmers Market or grab great food from around the world at the Cultural Market. The Northside Market is open all weekend, and the new Garrison Night Market is open on Thursday evenings in the heart of the downtown area.

6) Party like you’re from the East Coast:

Find a local pub for some live music and cold drink and meet some of the friendly locals. You can’t go wrong by visiting the Capital Complex or spending a Thursday night at Dolan’s Pub. Don’t forget to finish the night like the locals by stopping at Jack’s Pizza for a big slice or a donair poutine.

In early September, the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival is a can’t miss event in the city. This international festival features more than 400 artists and 150 performances on 20 stages over six days.

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Jonathan Alward is CFIB's Director of Provincial Affairs for Manitoba. He completed Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Jonathan currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba and enjoys watching hockey, playing drums and eating good food.