“One of the top seven Intelligent Communities in the world.”
a city of just over 80,000 people, Fredericton packs a big punch for
anyone interested in crafts and design. Not only has it been named a
Cultural Capital of Canada, it was the first Canadian city to offer free
wireless internet access throughout its downtown.
began several thousand years ago as a seasonal camp for the Mi’kmaq and
Maliseet First Nations, then with arrival of Europeans became the
Acadian community of St. Anne. The United Empire Loyalists settled here
in 1783 but wouldn’t recognize Fredericton today, a city with two
universities and two colleges, great shopping and all sorts of
year-round outdoor recreational opportunities. And it’s the hub of New
Brunswick’s high tech industry.
Nestled on the banks of the St.
John River, Fredericton is 280 km from Halifax and 1000 km from New York
City, only 135 km from St Andrews and the Bay of Fundy and 172 km from
the warm beaches of Kouchibouguac National Park.
boasts a 70 km trail system, the world-famous Beaverbrook Art Gallery
(just steps from the College), and all kinds of entertainment and
cultural events throughout the year, including the famous Harvest Jazz
and Blues Festival.
The City of Fredericton has an excellent website with
comprehensive information and related links to community resources and
Arts Alliance publishes a monthly activity update on Fredericton’s
vibrant arts and culture community.
Canada’s oldest provincial
crafts council provides comprehensive information on New Brunswick crafts.
Fredericton provides up-to-date information on events and festivals
and a local business directory, including pubs and nightclubs,
restaurants and cafés, bookstores and boutiques.
New Brunswick’s provincial
art gallery is located just down the street from the New Brunswick
College of Craft & Design.
Information on New Brunswick’s arts
and culture, entertainment, festivals, and sports and recreation, is
available on the government’s tourism