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10+ Things to do this Fall

10+ Things to do this Fall

With the warm and lazy days of summer in our rear view mirror it’s time to get out our favourite sweater and start planning a “Fall Bucket List”! And why not? There’s some pretty cool things to do in Fredericton, and with the fresh, crisp fall air, it’s the perfect time of year to get the most out of being outside.

Reaping the “Harvest”
In Fredericton, the “unofficial” beginning of Fall is the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival!  From September 12-17 enjoy the best international festival experience on Canada’s East Coast, with the sounds of jazz, blues and world music taking centre stage.  For full line up and ticketing info, click here


I spent years with work on this festival! Glad to see it still keeps getting better.

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Lord Beaverbrook would be proud!
It’s the city’s most anticipated expansion, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery!

You’ve seen the improvements in progress, the impressive new addition with sweeping windows and you’re probably wondering, “What is going on in there? Well, in a word: Lots! The staff at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery are very excited to open its doors to the public, to proudly show off what has been going on behind the scenes for the last 18 months!  Essentially it is an addition of 14,000 square feet of interior space.  New features include a café, artist in residence area, new exhibition and programming spaces over three levels.  We are very much looking forward to the big reveal, and if you haven’t already visited the gallery now is the time to do it! Projected expansion opening is slated for the public on October 15.

Beaverbrook Art Gallery Expansion

Beer and Bikes? Yes, it’s a thing!
Fredericton is certainly drawing its line in the sand when it comes to the craft beverage industry – it’s a booming business and what better way to showcase the many taprooms in Fredericton than to pair it with  our amazing bike trails! Some tasting rooms are off the trail network, so in that case we suggest hitching a ride on a city bus (they are equipped with special racks for your bikes).  With cooler weather, it is the perfect pairing that gives you a “taste” of our craft beer/cider industry as well as Fredericton’s trail system.


Stop number 2 Roundhouse along with Glenn, Sarah and Chris.

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See some of the Maritimes best fall foliage
One of the nicest and most colourful driving routes to see fall colours in New Brunswick is on Highway 105 North to Keswick Ridge (Burtts Corner turnoff on Route 104).  The dazzling array of reds, oranges and yellows quite literally takes your breath away.  But don’t limit yourself to this driving route; there are so many areas to choose from.  Follow New Brunswick’s fall foliage map to find out the best spots and the best time.

Lakeway Houseboats

Swing from the trees!
If you haven’t been to TreeGo Mactaquac  yet, what are you waiting for? This aerial adventure within the beauty of Mactaquac Provincial Park awaits you, complete with swinging ropes, zip lines, and the occasional “OH MY GOODNESS!”  It is a fun, adrenaline-inducing way to spend the morning or afternoon.  The best time to do the course at TreeGo is the fall.  The temperature is perfect and what better way to view the world…from up high!  TreeGo’s season ends on the Thanksgiving Long Weekend.  Register in advance by calling 1-877-707-4646 to hold your spot, or visit their website.


s/o to @taragowan15 for being our mom today #wedidntgetherheight

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Step back in time!
Immerse yourself in another era – once you find yourself at Kings Landing  you will literally feel like you stepped back in time.  Tour this 19th century village and pitch in – learn to make butter, cook on an open hearth, be a part of the classroom (make sure you aren’t picked to wear the dunce cap!) You can easily spend a day being a spectator or participant, your choice! Kings Landing is open 10am-5pm and wraps up their season with special Thanksgiving festivities on October 9.



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Running the Trails
Fredericton is a runners dream.  But what makes a run “good” and what makes a run “great” depends largely on time of year.  Fall is the ultimate time of year to run.  There is low humidity, the temperatures are just right, you’ll be pleasantly distracted by the fall colours and in most places, you’ll be running right alongside the lovely Saint John River.  There are an infinite number of trails in Fredericton (88 km to be exact); a good portion of the trail is paved, but if you are into trail running, head to Killarney Lake or Odell Park.  Be sure to pick up a copy of the Fredericton Trail Map!



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Apple Picking
Apple picking is most definitely synonymous with Fall!  The Fredericton region has a good selection of apple u-picks. Make an outing of it, bring your camera and some sturdy bags and get ready to pick the best ones in the orchard.  For a complete list of apple u-picks in the Fredericton area visit


Thanks for reaching the apples that were high up.

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Troll the Farmers’ Markets
Markets are great places to visit but don’t forget to bring your appetite! Why? Because you don’t want to miss any of the goodies on offer – from samosas to gyros to baked goodies; and the best part?  Fresh, seasonal produce grown locally!  From one of Canada’s top farmers markets, the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market, to the Fredericton Northside Market, to Moxon’s Country Pumpkin, the Cultural Market and more – you can find a full market listing on our website or read our market blog post.

In the mood for a treasure hunt?  Geocaching is the modern day version of this!  All you need is a map, a GPS and a sense of adventure!  Want to find the road less traveled? Check out the Fredericton Geocaching Tour which identifies 24 hidden gems divided into 3 categories: cultural, historical, and vistas. It’s a great way to explore Fredericton!

Soccer, Silver Wave & Spirits!
October and November in Fredericton brings with it some pretty cool events.  Fredericton will be hosting the U17 National Soccer Championships from October 4-9 and will welcome approximately 500 athletes as they compete for the national title. The month after, the Silver Wave Film Festival brings over 100 films by local, national and international filmmakers across multiple venues in the city. Later in November, Canada’s oldest spirits festival, the New Brunswick Spirits Festival, will take place from November 22-26. Over 275 of the world’s finest spirits along with guest speakers, dinners, tastings and more during this popular annual event.


Just sizing up my competition #swff #swff2016 #film #festival #filmfestival #filmmaker #cinematographer

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If you have a spirit for adventure and a love of the outdoors, spending time in Fredericton during this colourful time of year should definitely be on your to do list!