Posted by: RasmaSandra | March 20, 2023

Fredricton on the Saint John River

New Brunswick is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. It is one of the three Maritime provinces and one of the four Atlantic provinces. It is the only province to have both English and French as its official languages.

Fredericton is the capital of New Brunswick and lies on the banks of the Saint John River.

Garrison District is a complex of impressive brick buildings lining the river side of Queen Street. At one time it was a British garrison. At the center of this district is Officers’ Square a popular place for changing of the guard ceremonies. In the summer you can hear outdoor concerts and see free theater performances.

The Fredericton Region Museum is housed in the former officers’ quarters in the Garrison District.

Kings Landing is a museum village located 20 minutes north of the city. You can learn about the life of the Loyalists, who settled in the river valley after leaving the 13 American colonies during the American Revolution. It illustrates how life was in a rural community. There are free interactive programs. Visitors can watch early tradesmen and tour the houses.

Government House, the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick is now a National and Provincial Historic site. This sandstone Georgian-style building is where members of the royal family and foreign dignitaries are greeted and stay while visiting in the province. The grounds are used for patriotic holiday celebrations and festivals. June through August the house is open for tours.

Odell Park is located in the heart of Fredericton. It is a green oasis of old-growth forest with shaded trails and walking paths. The Odell Arboretum and New Brunswick Species Collection feature examples of every tree species native to New Brunswick.

The Fredericton Botanic Gardens are located at the upper end of the park. There is a collection of rhododendrons and azaleas. You’ll find woodland trails and outdoor sculptures. Families enjoy the playgrounds, picnic tables, and a waterfowl pond.

Christ Church Cathedral is a neo-Gothic style Anglican diocesan church. Highlights of the interior include the East Window with its stained glass, the high altar, carved stone pulpit, and baptismal font.

The Legislative Assembly Building has housed the New Brunswick legislature since 1882. Highlights are the spiral staircase and legislative chamber with its brass chandelier. The parliamentary library has a complete set of copperplate engravings from the famous Bird of America by American artist John James Audubon.

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