Explore with us as we spend a day in Fredericton.
Let’s spend a day in Fredericton, NB
Last Saturday we got up early and hit the road, leaving Moncton at 7:30 am. There are great 4 lane highways all the way from Moncton to Fredericton, so it was smooth sailing for the almost 2-hour drive. A day in Fredericton has been on our bucket list for a while now.
When we arrived, we put on sunscreen and grabbed our shopping bags to head to the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market on George Street.
It had been a few years since we had visited, so we walked around the outdoor vendors and inside as well. We decided to pick up some samosas at Samosa Delite and some ciders and apple soda from Gagetown Distilling & Cidery.
We took a short walk around, visited the Strange Adventures comic shop, then headed to the Fredericton Region Museum.
Always ready for some local history
The Fredericton Region Museum was founded in 1934 by the York Sunbury Historical Society. In 1959, the Museum found a permanent home in the Officers’ Quarters at 571 Queen St.
The museum offers 2 floors of exhibits about the people of the region. Exhibit rooms include Indigenous, Acadian, Loyalist, and other European settlers’ history. It is also home to the Coleman Frog, a 42lb wonder that lived in Killarney Lake about 100 years ago.
Time for lunch
We had planned to walk across the footbridge to Picaroons but decided to stay on this side of the river. Clayton had taken a spill on the sidewalk and scraped his knees, so we opted for less walking.
As we scouted our options I noticed Isaac’s Way Restaurant and we walked over to check it out. Their menu offered a lovely selection of locally sourced farm-to-table food and craft beers. Perfect!
Upon entering you feel at home in this bright and artsy space. We dined inside, but they offer a nice covered outdoor patio as well.
The service was wonderful and the food fantastic. I had salmon cakes, Doug had a lamb burger and Clayton had a pepperoni grilled cheese. Doug and I each ordered a sampler of local craft beer as well.
The restaurant is located at 649 Queen St, across from the Hilton in a building that housed the historic York County Court House c1855.
Afternoon at Science East
After lunch, we walked to Science East and spent a few hours playing and learning. The former jail now houses 3 floors of Science experiments, displays, and interactive exhibits. It was fun for Clayton (8 years old) and most enjoyable for us as well!
In addition to the exhibits, they offer presentations at set times during the day. There is a section in the basement with the history of the jail and an interactive playground outside.
Headed home following a day in Fredericton
We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Fredericton. We also came to the realization that we need to spend a weekend exploring there. Many people had recommended cafés, restaurants, and activities we simply did not have time to visit.
We took a drive around the campus at UNB, so Doug could show us where he lived and studied (back in the 90’s). For the drive home, we took the road along the river to Oromocto before getting back on the highway to head home.
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