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20 things to do in Fredericton in 2020

20 things to do in Fredericton in 2020

Discover some of Fredericton’s best kept secrets, with fun and exciting new events and activities for the whole family to enjoy in 2020!

1. Treat yourself to a mini culinary tour of the top five most instagrammable places!

From gourmet milkshakes to one of a kind donuts – there are plenty of photo opportunities and delicious things to feed both your belly and the gram! 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2. Enjoy a craft brew?

Fredericton is the considered the ultimate destination in this capacity as we have the highest concentration of craft producers and experiences in Atlantic Canada! Visit one of our many award winning cideries or breweries dotted around the city. From chill fireside lounging at Graystone, to our live music venue at Grimross – we have a variety of open door atmospheres to match your very own vibe.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. Looking for an indoor activity to entertain the whole family?

Look no further than our newest all ages climbing gym, the Fredericton Bouldering Co-op. There’s also Science East, New Brunswick’s only science centre.  Featuring over 150 hands-on science exhibits which will keep the kids busy for hours.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4. Experience the ultimate selection of outdoor winter activities at Mactaquac Provincial Park

Snowshoe or cross country ski on the groomed trails, and take the kids for a ride down their sliding hill. Don’t have your own gear? No worries, the Friends of Mactaquac Park provide free rentals all season long! You may even be able to catch a horse drawn sleigh ride during your visit there.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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5. Would you rather do some downhill skiing or snowboarding?

Look no further than our very own Crabbe Mountain, which boasts the highest vertical in all The Maritimes. Don’t forget to après ski at the infamous Thirsty Boot Pub, with New Brunswick beers on tap and live music throughout the week!

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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6. Start your weekend off with a leisurely visit to one of our local markets 

The Fredericton Boyce Farmers' Market, The Cultural Market or The Northside Market. Explore the various indoor and outdoor vendors, with a great selection of fresh food, locally made arts, crafts, and housewares. Don’t forget to try the infamous samosas which are a fave among Frederictonians!

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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7. Take in some great works of art by visiting our treasured Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Home to some famed paintings by both Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali, as well as works from artists across Canada, there are plenty of options to appeal to art lovers of all types. This year see works from famed Canadian artist Emily Carr at the gallery from Feb 29th – May 31st.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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8. For the history buffs, take a visit to our elaborate heritage village of Kings Landing.

Let character actors take you back in time, to show you how life was lived in this great province before electricity made its appearance. It’s an immersive experience for the whole family to enjoy!

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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9. This one’s for the ultimate adventurers; TreeGo!

Test the limits of your courage as you conquer an obstacle course in the trees of Mactaquac Provincial Park to enjoy some exhilarating zip lining. What a great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors!

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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10. Are you a water baby?

There are numerous ways to enjoy our scenic Saint John River; from renting kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards from Second Nature Outdoors, to treating yourself to a relaxing river cruise with Wolastoq Boat Tours. You can also take a more leisurely approach to getting on the water and go tubing along The Nashwaak River which has various rental companies to choose from. Whatever floats your boat!

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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11. Take in some live outdoor theatre this summer with Bard in the Barracks at Odell Park.

Each year, our local thespians lead their audience through the park as they play out one of Shakespeare’s classics on nature’s stage. We’ll also have The Calithumpians performing regularly in Barracks Square during the summer months.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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12. Festival lovers unite!

Experience our ultimate line up of festivals to keep you entertained year round; from FROSTival and Shivering Songs during the winter months, and the famed Fredericton Craft Beer Festival in spring. Summer brings along the annual St. Mary’s Pow Wow, the NB Highland Games Festival and our ultimate end of summer festival the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Fall has the NB Spirits Festival which draws international crowds from far and wide. Watch our city come to life for you to enjoy a festival for every season with family, friends and locals alike.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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13. Bike, run, or walk the newly renovated Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge which is part of our 115km long trail system.

Likely Fredericton’s most photographed sites, the bridge is an iconic structure of our city. When you reach the other end, take a quick beer break at the Picaroons’ patio and enjoy some scenic waterfront views.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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14. Take a “Haunted Hike” walking tour to catch a glimpse of this city’s spooky history.

Your group will be led by a period character from The Calithumpians, who will take you to various haunts dotted throughout Fredericton’s downtown. Don’t worry, this is one the whole family can enjoy!

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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15. During the summer months, treat yourself to our Garrison Night Market, held every Thursday right downtown on Carleton St.

Stroll through the open-air market and discover local arts, crafts and food. There’ll also be free live music as well as beer gardens on site. What’s not to love?

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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16. Free in Fredericton: see our daily Changing of the Guard Ceremony on the grounds of the NB Legislature

No trip to our city is complete without this experience! Catch a free outdoor movie under the night sky, every Saturday in Barracks Square. At the same location, there will be free outdoor concerts every Tuesday evening at 7:30pm. Plenty for you to enjoy this summer without spending a dime!

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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17. Need a place to cool off and relax on a hot day?

Look no further than our very own sandy beaches located at both Killarney Lake and Mactaquac Provincial Park. Want some fun in the sun for the kids? We have a number of outdoor pools as well as a state of the art splash pad in Wilmot Park which are free for the public to enjoy!

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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18. Take a tour of the majestic Mactaquac Dam.

Check out the expansive and impressive operations of New Brunswick’s largest energy producing site. See the inner workings and mechanics of the Dam as well as experiencing the wonder that goes hand in hand with seeing this awesome structure up close and in person.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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19. For the nature enthusiasts, stroll the spectacular woodland of Odell Park.

With trees that are over 400 years old, and trails both on and off the beaten path – this is the perfect place to get your daily fill of fresh air. Forest Bathing at its finest! Looking for something more? Take a tour of the tree frogs at Hyla Park or the Beaver Pond at Mactaquac Provincial Park.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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20. Take in a performance at our local Playhouse

There are a variety of shows to choose from year round: from concerts, to plays, ballets, and orchestral performances there is something here to cater to every type of audience.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This list should help you start planning your next Fredericton adventure!  For more information, be sure to follow us on facebook or check out our website