Set behind the banks of the wide, dramatic St John River, the relatively affluent capital city of Fredericton is the administrative center of New Brunswick, and home to two of its biggest universities – the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University – as well as the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Though small by design, the modest red-bricked downtown core is exceptionally pleasant, its tree-lined streets perfect for an urban stroll. Stop for a drink and a treat in one of the many coffee shops, craft breweries, and bars, including the world-famous Lunar Rogue pub, which has more than 700 varieties of whisky.
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is a must-see Fredericton attraction and boasts an impressive permanent collection with several paintings by Salvador Dalí, including his breathtaking 1957 masterwork, Santiago El Grande. On Saturday mornings, head to the long-running Boyce Farmers Market for fresh cheese, meat, baked goods, and hot snacks.
The biggest annual event in Fredericton is the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival at the beginning of September, held in the city’s downtown Garrison district. Throughout the year, the Garrison District National Historic Site also offers performances and historic re-enactments that are perfect for family fun.