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Pokémon Go in the Historic Garrison District

Pokémon Go in the Historic Garrison District

Declared a National Historic site in 1964, Fredericton’s Historic Garrison District paints a vibrant picture of the past. It’s full of historical buildings and culture, and now in 2016, Pokémon. For players of Pokémon Go, one of the most popular mobile games in history, it’s a great place to continue one’s quest of “catching them all”.

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game that allows players (known as trainers) to travel around the real world and catch Pokémon that appear. Trainers need to visit what are called Pokéstops, to collect pokéballs and other useful items, and gain experience points. Pokéstops are usually historic buildings, monuments or statues, or attractions with some significance, which is why Fredericton’s Historic Garrison District is so appealing to players of Pokémon Go; you won’t find anywhere in the City with more history!

Below you’ll find a list of Pokéstops and places to explore in the Historic Garrison District as you amble around hoping to find Pokémon other than pidgeys, rattatas, and weedles.

Pokestops in the Historic Garrison District

The corner or York and Queen houses the Justice Building (Pokéstop name: New Brunswick Hall of Justice). The annex of the building (east entrance) holds the Fredericton School Days Museum, which is another Pokéstop. They offer free reenactments of what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1:30 pm throughout the summer.

The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD) is a Pokéstop. Within the College is the George Fry Gallery (open Monday-Friday, 9am – 4:30 pm), which is currently showcasing the 2016 Graduate Studies Exhibition: Narrative, until September 8th.

The Soldier’s Barracks (Pokéstop name: Soldier’s Barracks Sundial) was built in 1827 to accommodate more than 200 British soldiers. The casemates in the Barracks are now home to the Barracks Fine Craft Shops. Local artisans sell their handcrafted items in these shops, which are open daily from 10 am – 5 pm. While you won’t find any pokéballs or razz berries for sale, you’ll discover plenty of unique treasures crafted by local artisans!

Pidgey at the Barracks Fine Craft Shops

The Guard House (Pokéstop name: Fredericton Military Compound) is open for visitors to explore its rooms that are restored to look like they did in the 1800s. The Fredericton Fencibles perform Guard House Theatre daily at 4:30 pm on the porch, as well as offer a Day in a Soldier’s Life for children (English session at 1:15 pm and French at 11:15 am), as well as a fun Croquet Match Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 3:30 pm, now until September 5th. The Fencibles also offer free Guided Heritage Walking Tours, leaving City Hall (397 Queen Street) at 10 am and 2:30 pm, and one tour leaving immediately following Guard House Theatre at 5 pm from Barracks Square. The walking tour is great for hatching your eggs (and learning something new)!

Nidoran at the Guard House

Take a break from hitting up Pokéstops for a few hours and check out Fredericton Tourism’s Under the Stars Film Series in Barracks Square, in the green space next to the Guard House. Being shown are modern favourites on Saturday nights, and classic films on Sunday nights, beginning at dusk.

Barracks Square has a high concentration of Pokéstops in a small radius, making it the perfect place for players to set up multiple lure modules to draw more Pokémon to their location. The Carleton & York Memorial Gym is also only a few steps away, allowing players to battle other teams for control of the gym.

Open to the public, the Fredericton Public Library is a Pokéstop, and a place where trainers are welcome to stop in and charge their mobile devices. Free freezies are also available to Pokémon Go players! Check out what’s taking place at the library here.

Pokemon at the Fredericton Public Library

The New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame has incentives for trainers to visit their building: it’s a Pokéstop, they’re offering 2 for 1 admission to trainers, outlets to charge devices, and an air-conditioned building to explore with their exciting summer exhibits about the Olympics and Speed Skating.

Eevee at the NB Sports Hall of Fame

The Fredericton Region Museum (Pokéstop name: Region Museum) will admit trainers who show their Pokémon Go screen at half price ($2.50 f0r adults and $1 for students). They also have free charging stations on their balcony, and a lovely view of Officer’s Square.

Zubat at the Fredericton Region Museum

Officer’s Square contains the Lord Beaverbrook Statue Pokéstop and the Officer’s Square Pokéstop, near the sign for the Square by the Events Centre and public washrooms. There’s free Outdoor Summer Theatre performed by the Calithumpians in the Square (Mon-Fri at 12:15 pm & Sat & Sun at 2 pm). It is also the area in which the Changing of the Guard Ceremony is held, daily at 11 am and 4 pm, and additionally on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm. You can also check out our free Summer Concert Series which takes place Tuesday, Thursday and select Saturday nights. That’d be a great time to sit back, relax, enjoy some music and set up a lure module!

Fredericton is a must-stop area for Pokémon Go, with countless Pokéstops and gyms throughout the City. Look out for more posts about where to head to maximize your game play and time in the City! I’d feel like I betrayed my team if I didn’t give a shout out: Instinct is on the rise! Happy hunting and see you on the trails!


To see the full schedule of Fredericton Tourism’s Free Garrison Entertainment visit our website.