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One Fabulous Day in Fredericton, New Brunswick

By KAT TANCOCK

Fredericton lighthouse and Walking Bridge (Photo: Piddleville)

New Brunswick’s capital city, Fredericton makes for an excellent stopover on a Maritimes tour. The quiet town on the Saint John River offers plenty to keep you busy, like this one-day itinerary that includes biking, shopping, a haunted hike and sampling the local bounty of food—especially seafood and beer.

Rise, Swim and Cycle

See the city's Victorian architecture on a bike tour (Photo: Paul B. - Halifax)

Wake up with a swim and hot tub soak at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. After breakfast, stroll over to the nearby Lighthouse on the Green for the Domes, Bones, Eagles & Ospreys guided 90-minute cycling tour of Fredericton’s abundant paved pathways (or, if you prefer, rent bikes or online skates and explore the trails on your own). Be sure to browse the lighthouse gift shop for local souvenirs.

Locally Sourced Lunch

Local favourite the Blue Door, with an eclectic Pan-Asian-inspired menu that focuses on local produce and local, sustainably fished seafood. At lunch you might find Beausoleil oysters, Tandoori calamari and a mango-jalapeño pulled pork sandwich. Don’t skip dessert: the Momofuku Milk Bar–inspired maple crack pie is worth the calories.

Art and the Art of Shopping

Spend the afternoon poking around the shops and getting to know the city. Art lovers should head to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery for a look at the latest exhibitions and especially at local pride and joy Santiago El Grande by Salvador Dalí, best viewed by lying on the floor and looking up.

Unwind with Waterfront Yoga

If you’re a yoga lover, grab an early dinner before packing your mat back to Lighthouse on the Green for the Wednesday-night outdoor yoga class at 7 p.m. Participation is by donation and proceeds go to charity.

Supper with a Side of Beer

BrewBakers restaurant (Photo: courtesy of BrewBakers)

For a leisurely meal, head to BrewBakers, a bustling white-tablecloth restaurant in a historic building that serves seasonal fare. Try the pizzas (the caramelized onion, Asiago and house-made bacon-and-sausage-topped Meat Pizza is a summer offering) or a pasta dish, such as the mixed roasted mushroom fettuccine with Parmesan and truffle cream. Linger over a cocktail or pint of locally brewed Picaroons.

Haunted Evening Hikes

Cap off a busy day with a haunted hike of the city with theatre group the Calithumpians. The entertaining ghost walk will have you interacting with scary spirits and give a fresh perspective on Fredericton’s past.

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