Fredericton – ideas for free time

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Fredericton is blessed with plenty of green space and so it is often cited as being one of Canada’s prettiest cities. Take a stroll along the established Riverfront Trail, which winds past small parks and historic buildings such as the Old Government House; wander through a few of the delightful parks – Odell Park has a number of different gardens, an arboretum and a deer park; or just explore some of the historic, tree-lined streets, and admire the grand Victorian buildings.

Downtown, the Historic Garrison District is an area which housed British soldiers in the late 18th and early 19th century. It is now a bit of a cultural hub, with a number of bars and restaurants and the central Officer’s Square is a gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. For a few weeks from mid-July a full-uniform changing of the guard ceremony takes place each day and throughout July and August there is a free outdoor theatre performance each lunchtime, free guided heritage walks and various other activities that make the most of the good weather.

Kings Landing, about 30 minutes outside the city, is a fantastic living history museum packed with artefacts, exhibits and workshops that give you an in-depth insight in to the history of Canada and the major events that have shaped its politics and culture. If you are here out of season, or on a rainy day, then the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is a good place to while away a couple of hours. It is relatively small but houses some impressive, world-class artworks by artists such as Dali, Constable, Gainsborough and Turner, alongside more contemporary exhibits of Atlantic artists.

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