Fredericton is a small city with big attractions. New Brunswick’s capital and cultural centre is packed with art galleries, theatres, historic sites, Gothic churches, museums and parks, all while maintaining the close-knit and friendly vibe the Maritimes are known for.
Here’s how to keep the entire family entertained in Fredericton.
Kingswood Entertainment Centre
This 80,000-sq.-ft. complex is home to an inflatable obstacle course, lazer tag arena, arcade, indoor skating rink and ball hockey court. Be sure to check out the bowling alley, which hosts a Maritime version of the sport called candlepin. It uses smaller balls and thinner pins than 10-pin bowling, making it a bit more challenging.
Mactaquac Provincial Park
This 1,300-acre park runs along the Saint John River about a half-hour outside Fredericton. When the weather warms up, its freshwater beaches are perfect for canoeing, tubing or windsurfing. Until then, follow the walking paths to spot beavers and their lodges, tee off at the 18-hole golf course or swing through the adult or children’s TreeGO aerial activity course.
The Fredericton Playhouse
Experience the city’s art scene at this intimate Georgian theatre. Upcoming events include comedy shows, hypnotists and two performances of Dora the Explorer Live! Check the theatre’s website for activities with performers including tea parties and dance classes.
There are more than 100 hands-on exhibits at the province’s only science museum including a climbing wall, human gyroscope, tornado simulator and the occasional robot-building session. Don’t miss the basement jail museum that preserves the building’s history as a 19th century gaol with barred doors and displays on former residents.
Historic Garrison District
This two-block downtown area is where British soldiers lived from 1784 to 1869. Take a self-guided walking tour around the restored buildings or pop into the Fredericton Region Museum to learn about the Acadians, Loyalists and the Coleman Frog, a 100-year-old, 42-pound taxidermy bullfrog. In July and August the district offers “A Day in a Soldier’s Life,” an hour-long adventure where children get to dress in red British tunics, learn marches and perform in a parade.