One of Canada’s Best Old Growth Forests Odell Park is a 175-hectare (432-acre), year-round park within the heart of Fredericton. There are 16 km of trails winding their way through a varied forest. Some of the trees in the park are more than 400 years old! On
the upper perimeter of the park, visitors can visit the Fredericton Botanic Gardens.
In the winter, visitors can skate on the outdoor rink, slide down the hills and cross-country ski on groomed trails.
This is the perfect place for a picnic! You will find a waterfowl pond, children’s playground, disc golf and a lodge that was opened by the Queen Mother in 1967.
The park is also home to the Odell Arboretum and New Brunswick Species Collection. This arboretum was built in 1985 as a way for Fredericton to mark its bicentennial as the capital city. It features examples of every native New Brunswick tree species.
The 2.8 km arboretum trail winds through the woods past 41 separate sites where individual tree species grow naturally. The arboretum species collection was compromised during the winds of Tropical Storm Arthur in July 2014.