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7 Tours you NEED to check out

7 Tours you NEED to check out!

Sometimes the best way to get to know a place is by being part of a guided tour. With Fredericton’s rich history, amazing trails and river right in our backyard, then add to that a vibrant food & drink culture, it’s no wonder we all want to tell people about it!  So with much deliberation, I’ve picked the “Top 7” tours that you really need to take in, whether you’re a local or a visitor to our fair city

1. Paddle & Pintapprox. time: 1.5 hours

The experienced paddlers at Second Nature Outdoors will show you how to paddle correctly, how to get the most out of your time on the water, and the amazing gems the Saint John River has to offer. The paddle portion should take approximately 1.5 hours; afterward, celebrate your Stand Up Paddleboard prowess at Graystone Brewing for a pint (or two). Paddlers must be 19 + and is limited to 12 participants.



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2. Gears n’ Beers – Half day & Full day

What do you get when you combine biking and beer? “Gears n’ Beers” of course! Fredericton’s amazing trail network, with over 115 kms of paved and non-paved trail is a biker’s dream! Explore the city and along the way check out some of Fredericton's local craft breweries, tap rooms, and local attractions. Second Nature Outdoors have partnered with several of these local craft brewers to provide you with our self guided Gears & Beers tour. Follow a provided map and within a twelve kilometer loop you get to visit 5 of the craft breweries in our city, as well as the beautiful bridges, waterfront and downtown core. Visit one, or visit them all – you are the leader of your tour! With half day and full day options, redeem drink vouchers at any of the participating breweries and cideries on the map!


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3. Beaverbrook Art Gallery Summer Drop In Tours  - approx time: 1 hour Starting July 1st

703 Queen Street | Admission: $10: adult, $8:senior, $20:Family, Children 6 & Under: Free, Student: $5 | Tours offered to small & large group. For tour schedule click here.
The newly renovated Beaverbrook Art Gallery, a gift to the people of New Brunswick from Lord Beaverbrook (Sir Maxwell Aitken), features works by Canadian and British artists and a unique sample of works from international artists. The Gallery exhibits an exciting mix of works from its own collection as well as works and exhibitions on loan from other institutions. Take a guided tour to learn about these fascinating works of art and to view its expanded spaces!



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4. Haunted Hikes – approx time: 1.5 hours Starting July 2nd.

Tours start at: 796A Queen Street | Price: $14 adult, $9 child | Start time: 9pm (arrive at 8:45pm)
This lantern lit tour is one of my favourites. I always enjoy a good ghost story, and the Calithumpians do it with spine tingling creepiness with some hilarious anecdotes thrown in for good measure; these great actors also speak in the first person, giving it an air of spooky realism! Don’t be surprised to meet a few Fredericton “ghosts” along the way!

5. Guided Heritage Walking Tour  – approx time: 1 hour Starting June 10

Tours start at: City Hall, 397 Queen St.  Start time: 10am & 2:30pm;
Get to know the history and folklore of Fredericton’s most historic sites as you stroll through the downtown with a costumed guide. You never know what this building or that site was used for back in the day! Two different tours offered daily, visit our website to find out more.

Guided Heritage Walking Tours

6. New Brunswick Legislatureapprox. time: 45 minutes

706 Queen Street; Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm/Sat & Sun: 10am-5pm
Learn about our Legislature! This 1882 building has to be seen to be appreciated! From the dizzying spiral staircase to the historic council chamber, you will discover all kinds of interesting facts about this Victorian building.



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7. Wabanaki Tree Spirit Tours

Learn about Wabanaki history and culture during a medicine walk, workshop, or culinary experience led by knowledgeable medicine keepers!


Don’t feel like you have to do it alone in Fredericton, there’s always a tour to take you to an interesting spot.

So what are you waiting for? Get out and explore Fredericton a few different ways; if you are more the self-guided type why not check out Fredericton’s public art walking tour and don’t forget to let us know about your experience!