Fredericton and Upper River Valley Areas
Culture and history come together in Fredericton, New Brunswick's capital city. Located in the heart of New Brunswick along the majestic St. John River, Fredericton and the nearby villages of New Maryland, Oromocto, and Keswick Ridge are surrounded by an extensive trail system, making the entire region a nature buff's paradise.
The Fredericton area features a thriving business community, a low cost of living and housing compared to the rest of Canada, and top-notch art galleries and museums, as well as many historic public buildings and a beautiful historic residential area.
Cultural capital of Canada
Recently named a cultural capital of Canada and consistently ranked one of the best places to live in Canada, Fredericton boasts a 400-acre nature park, year-round events and festivals including the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival and annual chamber music series, and 4 seasons of indoor and outdoor recreation activities. Adding to Fredericton's character are St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick (UNB). Fredericton is also home to a New Brunswick Community College campus and the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.
The French community
A number of community events and a variety of services bring the region's Francophones and francophiles together. To find out more, please access Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne's website.
World-class golf course
Fredericton offers plenty of opportunity to take in a round of golf at one of the area's 6 golf courses including Kingswood Golf, rated Canada's Best New Course in 2003 and 1 of the top 100 courses in the world outside the U.S. by Golf Digest.
Sail boats and power cruisers enjoy the river all summer long, mooring near the city centre at the Adventure Lighthouse, or cruising down to Saint John and the open ocean. Power boat poker runs are a highlight of the boating season. A number of smaller rivers feed into the St. John River providing ample opportunity for canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts.
Fredericton is also home to the Boyce Farmers Market, considered one of the best farmer's markets in Canada and symbolic of the city's social life. Every Saturday morning, by 10 a.m., the market is filled with friends calling greetings while they pick up their weekly samosas and farmers' sausage.
Kings Landing Historical Settlement brings the 19th century vibrantly to life with guided tours, theatre performances, heritage dining and 170 people in period costume. Each day during the summer, visitors are treated to a full range of demonstrations and activities.
Upper River Valley
Just north of Fredericton is the Upper River Valley, a historic
and cultural area that includes a number of vibrant towns and
villages. Area residents are warm, friendly and welcome newcomers
with open arms. Work-life balance is easily achievable in the Upper
Its close proximity to the Upper St. John River Valley Trail and the Meduxnekeag and St. John rivers ensures that popular outdoor activities like canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking and camping are never far away. Additionally, the Aroostook Valley Golf and Country Club, just down the road from Perth-Andover, features a fantastic international course that straddles Canada and the U.S.