Like many other cities in the province of New Brunswick, the growth of Fredericton rose from land compensations given to United Empire Loyalists after the American Revolution.
When New Brunswick separated from Nova Scotia in 1784, the area these Loyalists settled in - Ste. Anne's Point - became the provincial capital, winning out over present day Saint John. The locale was renamed Frederick's Town, later shorted to Fredericton.
Fredericton is a city of just over 70,000 people and is known for its historic Garrison District, now home to a Changing of the Guard ceremony. Original settlers were the United Empire Loyalists who came here after the American Revolution. The city has an eclectic mix of architecture spanning more than two centuries, many of these buildings being churches. Twelve of New Brunswick’s 65 National Historic Sites lie within the Fredericton city boundary.
Looking for things to see and do in Fredericton? Explore some of the city's 115 kilometres of trails – grab your running shoes, rent a bike or take to the water on a paddleboard or in a canoe. September brings the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival where more than 400 performers take to the stage at 27 indoor and outdoor venues. The entire community comes together as Fredericton is transformed into a vibrant musical extravaganza.
Head out to Kings Landing in your RV and travel back in time while chatting with costumed characters interpreting New Brunswick’s colourful past. Whatever you choose to do in Fredericton, you’ll find nature, inspiration and culture at your fingertips.