History flows through it
If the Saint John River could talk, it would have grand stories to tell of the history of Fredericton, which it has flowed through for centuries.
From being a fertile, seasonal stopping point for the Wolastoqiyik (or Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq First Nations people who hunted, fished, and grew crops here, to a French fortification in the late 17th century, surviving until the river itself flooded them out.
From being a home for French Acadians in the 1730’s who gave their newly established settlement the name of Ste. Anne’s Point until their expulsion by the British in the mid 18th century.
And from the arrival of the Loyalists in 1783: the fatal attempt of many among them to survive a Canadian winter in tents, to successful settlement by survivors. This led to the growth of a community, a new name “Fredericstown”, appointment as the provincial seat of government and the birthplace of the Canadian Military.
Yes, if the Saint John River could talk, it would tell the story of a diverse and cultural city. A story which includes failures, but more importantly a story of entrepreneurialship. Of pride. Of determination. Of success.
Since the river can’t actually do the talking, locals are ready to share their stories with guests as they visit landmarks like Government House, the Historic Garrison District, Boss Gibson’s Marysville, the nearby attraction Kings Landing Historical Settlement, and by visiting the website of Fredericton Heritage Trust where downloadable tours of the city are available.