New Brunswick Saint John River (Bay of Fundy) New Brunswick Legislative Building

City of Fredericton
Ville de Fredericton
Nashwaak River, Fredericton, NB (29905645230).jpg
Christ Church Cathedral, Fredricton..3.jpg
Fredericton, New Brunswick.jpg
From top to bottom; left to right: Fredericton skyline, Pedestrian bridge of the Nashwaak River, Christ Church Cathedral, New Brunswick Legislative Building
Flag of Fredericton
Official seal of Fredericton
Official logo of Fredericton
"Fredericopolis, silvae filia nobilis"  (Latin)
"Fredericton, noble daughter of the forest"
Interactive map outlining Fredericton
Fredericton is located in New Brunswick
Location within New Brunswick
Fredericton is located in Canada
Location within Canada
Coordinates: 45°57′49″N 66°38′35″W / 45.96361°N 66.64306°W / 45.96361; -66.64306Coordinates: 45°57′49″N 66°38′35″W / 45.96361°N 66.64306°W / 45.96361; -66.64306
ProvinceNew Brunswick
County(s)York, Sunbury
Metropolitan areaGreater Fredericton
Named forPrince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany
 • TypeFredericton City Council
 • MayorMike O'Brien[1]
 • MPsJenica Atwin (Green)
Richard Bragdon (Con.)
 • MLAsStephen Horsman (Lib.)
David Coon (Green)
Kris Austin (PA)
Dominic Cardy (PC)
Rick DeSaulniers (PA)
 • Provincial capital city132.57 km2 (51.19 sq mi)
 • Metro5,745.41 km2 (2,218.32 sq mi)
20-100 m (66-328 ft)
 • Provincial capital city58,220
 • Density439.2/km2 (1,138/sq mi)
 • Metro101,760
 • Metro density17.7/km2 (46/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−04:00 (AST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−03:00 (ADT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)506
NTS Map021G15

Fredericton (/ˈfrɛ.drɪk.tən/; French pronunciation: ​[fʁɛdeʁiktœn]) is the capital of the Canadian province of New Brunswick. The city is situated in the west-central portion of the province along the Saint John River, which flows west to east as it bisects the city. The river is the dominant natural feature of the area. One of the main urban centres in New Brunswick, the city had a population of 58,220 in the 2016 Canadian Census.[2] It is the third-largest city in the province after Moncton and Saint John.

The name can also be pronounced without the second r (/ˈfrɛd.ɪk.tən/) but this is irksome to some residents.[citation needed]

An important cultural, artistic, and educational centre for the province, Fredericton is home to two universities, the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, and cultural institutions such as the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Fredericton Region Museum, and The Playhouse, a performing arts venue. The city hosts the annual Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, attracting regional and international jazz, blues, rock, and world artists. Fredericton is also an important and vibrant centre point for the region's top visual artists; many of New Brunswick's notable artists live and work there today. Fredericton has also been home to some great historical Canadian painters as well, including Goodridge Roberts, and Molly and Bruno Bobak.

As a provincial capital, its economy is tied to the public sector; however, the city also contains a growing IT and commercial sector. The city has the highest percentage of residents with post-secondary education in the province and the highest per capita income of any city in New Brunswick.


There is archaelogical evidence of a camp in the area 12,000 years ago,[4] and Maliseets farmed several kilometres upriver.[5]

Colonists from the Kingdom of France in the late 1600s built Fort Nashwaak on the north side of the Saint John River, as the capital of Acadia. It withstood a British attack in 1696, but the capital was later moved to Port Royale.[6] In 1713 Acadians escaping the British takeover of Nova Scotia settled the site, naming it Pointe Ste-Anne. It was destroyed in 1758 when the population of about 83 were exiled during the expulsion of the Acadians.

It was in 1783, when United Empire Loyalists arrived from New England, that the history of modern Fredericton began. The following year New Brunswick was partioned from Nova Scotia and became its own colony. Pointe-Ste-Anne was renamed "Fredericstown", after Frederick, second son of the King King George III. It became the capital of the new colony, being considered to have a better defensive position than larger Saint John.[6]

The streets were laid out in the typical grid pattern of the time, with the names reflecting loyalist tendencies: Charlotte, Brunswick, George, King, and Queen.

In 1785 it became the shire town of York County. In 1790 the New Brunswick Legislative Building was constructed. As a centre of government, it attracted educational institutions, with King's College (now the University of New Brunswick) being the first English-language university in Canada, and religious institutions, with Christ Church Cathedral being built as the seat of the Anglican Diocese of Fredericton in 1853.[7]

It was a British garrison town from 1784 to 1869, and the military compound is preserved as a National Historic Site of Canada.[8]

With the New Brunswick Equal Opportunity program in the 1960s, county councils were abolished, and government services were centralized provincially in Fredericton, increasing jobs and population.


The Saint John River runs through Fredericton, with most of the city's post-war suburban development occurring on the gently sloping hills on either side of the river (although the downtown core is flat and lies low to the river).

At an altitude of about 17 m (56 ft) above sea level, Fredericton is nestled in the Pennsylvanian Basin. It differs markedly from the geologically older parts of the province. There are prominently two distinct areas in the region that are divided around the area of Wilsey Road, in the east end of the city. In the west side, the bedrock underneath the earth is topographically dominant, whereas the other is controlled by Pleistocene and recent deposits leading to the rivers (resulting in the area being shallow and wide). Fredericton and its surroundings are rich in water resources, which, coupled with highly arable soil, make the Fredericton region ideal for agriculture. The Saint John River and one of its major tributaries, the Nashwaak River, come together in Fredericton. The uninhabited parts of the city are heavily forested.


Climate chart (explanation)
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: Environment Canada[9]

Fredericton has a humid continental climate. On average, Fredericton receives approximately 1,100 mm (43 in) of precipitation per year.


The population of the city of Fredericton is 58,220 (2016 Canada Census) and 101,760 for Greater Fredericton.[2][3] Along with Moncton and Halifax, Fredericton is one of three Maritime cities to register a recent population increase.

Fredericton's population are predominantly European Canadians. Visible minorities make up 10 per cent, and include, in descending order of population, Indigenous peoples (many the St. Mary's First Nation Indian reserve), Chinese Canadians, Black Canadians, South Asian Canadians, Arab Canadians, and refugees from the Syrian Civil War.[10][11]

English is spoken by 82% of residents. Other mother tongues are French (6.8%), Chinese languages (2.1%), Arabic (1.6%), and Russian (0.6%).

Those who declare a religion are predominantly Protestant. Fredericton has a synagogue, a mosque, a Hindu temple, a Unitarian fellowship, and a Shambhala Buddhist meditation centre.[12]

Religion[13] 2011 (%) 2011 (Total)
No religion 26.2% 14,460
Catholic 24.9% 13,740
Baptist 11.4% 6,290
United Church 10.9% 5,995
Anglican 9.4% 5,160
Pentecostal 2.5% 1,390


The Government of New Brunswick and the universities are the primary employers. The policies of centralizing provincial government functions during the 1960s led to an expansion of the population.

The 1960s also saw an expansion of the University of New Brunswick due to increased post-war university enrolment, as well as the construction of Saint Thomas University. The Law School, now the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law moved from Saint John to the Fredericton area.

The city has been investing actively in IT infrastructure. The City of Fredericton won the "Judges Innovation Award" at the 2004 Canadian Information Productivity Awards due to their "Fred-eZone" free municipality wide Wi-Fi initiative. This and other innovations by the city's utelco, e-Novations, led Intel to do a case study on their successes. Fred-eZone spans much of the city's downtown and parts of surrounding residential areas, as well as peripheral commercial areas such as Fredericton's Regent Mall. In 2008 and 2009 the Intelligent Community Forum selected Fredericton as a Top 7 Intelligent Community, based partly on the city's work in the IT sector.[14]

Arts and culture

The Playhouse is the main venue for Theatre New Brunswick, the province's largest professional theatre company.

Festivals include the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival, and Symphony New Brunswick.

Fredericton has a long literary tradition, having been home to Jonathan Odell, Charles G. D. Roberts, Bliss Carman, and Francis Sherman.[15] Writers living in Fredericton include Raymond Fraser, Herb Curtis, David Adams Richards, Mark Anthony Jarman, and Gerard Beirne.


Styles range from Victorian to modern. There are 12 National Historic Sites of Canada.[16]

Museums and historic buildings


There are no professional sports teams in Fredericton, although both universities have extensive athletic programs. The UNB Reds and St. Thomas Tommies are rivals in most sports. They play in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association conference of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association.

Fredericton's high schools compete in a variety of sports in the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association.

The Junior A hockey team is the Fredericton Red Wings.[17] The former Fredericton Express and Fredericton Canadiens were American Hockey League teams.

Each summer the Fredericton Loyalists host the New Brunswick Timber team which competes in the Rugby Canada Super League.

Parks and recreation

Trail system

Fredericton has a network of 25 trails totalling more than 85 km (53 mi) on both sides of the Saint John and Nashwaak Rivers. Many of the city trails are rail trails that follow old railway lines. These include the Fredericton Railway Bridge that spans 0.6 km (0.37 mi) across the Saint John River. The rail trail system in Fredericton is part of the Sentier NB Trail system and some of these trails are also part of the larger Trans-Canada Trail network.


Fredericton has a non-partisan and Mayor–council government. The mayor and council serve four-year terms with elections in May. The city is divided into 12 wards, (six on each side of the river, one councillor per ward.

The city includes the provincial ridings of Fredericton North, Fredericton-Grand Lake, Fredericton West-Hanwell, Oromocto-Lincoln-Fredericton, New Maryland-Sunbury and Fredericton South, which in 2014 elected the first-ever MLA for the Green Party of New Brunswick, party leader David Coon.

Federally, the city forms most of the riding of Fredericton.

Education and research

The Anglophone West School District and the District Scolaire Francophone Sud (District 1) run schools including Fredericton High School, École des Bâtisseurs, and the École Sainte-Anne. Leo Hayes High School is a public–private partnership

There are two universities, the UNB, and St. Thomas, the province's only Catholic university.

Colleges include the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, the New Brunswick Community College, and the Maritime College of Forest Technology.

For-profit universities include University of Fredericton and Yorkville University.

The Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre researches in forestry management. Fredericton's Provincial Research Organization specializes in aquaculture, mining, manufacturing, energy and the environment.[18]


Air service is provided out of the Fredericton International Airport.

Fredericton Transit provides bus service, though not on Sundays.

Fredericton started installing bicycle lanes in July 2008.[19]

Passenger rail service ended in the 1960s,[20] and freight in 1996. All railway tracks have been abandoned and removed.

Fredericton is served Maritime Bus connections to points throughout Eastern Canada.[21]

The Trans-Canada Highway passes along the southern municipal boundary. Routes 7 and 8 (the latter being a former alignment of the Trans-Canada) also pass through the city. Two highway bridges, the Westmorland Street Bridge and the Princess Margaret Bridge, cross the Saint John River. Those bridges feed into controlled-access roads (Routes 8 and 105 serving the city's north side.)



  1. ^ "Mike O'Brien defeats Brad Woodside in Fredericton mayor race". 10 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Census Profile, 2016 Census Fredericton, City [Census subdivision], New Brunswick". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Census Profile, 2016 Census Fredericton [Census agglomeration], New Brunswick". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  4. ^ CBC News: "Campsite dating back 12,000 years unearthed by Route 8", 23 June 2016
  5. ^ Hall, Jason (Summer–Autumn 2015). "Maliseet Cultivation and Climatic Resilience on the Wəlastəkw/St. John River During the Little Ice Age". Acadiensis. XLIV (2): 3–25. JSTOR 24877276.;
    • Raymond, Wm. O. (1910). The River St. John: Its Physical Features, Legends and History, from 1604 to 1784. Saint John, New Brunswick: John A. Bowes.
  6. ^ a b "A Brief History of Fredericton". Fredericton Heritage Trust. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Fredericton". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Fredericton Military Compound National Historic Site of Canada". Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Fredericton A". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Environment Canada. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  10. ^ Government of Canada, Statistics Canada (8 February 2017). "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Fredericton, City [Census subdivision], New Brunswick and York, County [Census division], New Brunswick". Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  11. ^ Fredericton welcomed more Syrians per capita than other Canadian cities: multicultural association
  12. ^ "Fredericton Shambhala Center". Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  13. ^ Government of Canada, Statistics Canada (8 May 2013). "2011 National Household Survey Profile - Census subdivision". Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  14. ^ Intelligent Community Forum (2014). "Top 7 By Year". Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  15. ^ "Fredericton New Brunswick, Canada". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Fredericton". Directory of Designations of National Historic Significance of Canada. Parks Canada. Retrieved 3 March 2012.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ Gill, Jordan (16 April 2019). "Junior A hockey returns to Fredericton - and St. Stephen mourns loss of team". CBC. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  18. ^ "RPC - Science & Engineering". Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Bike Lanes and Bike Routes in Fredericton". City of Fredericton. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  20. ^ Johnson, Robert (27 January 2013). "What Happened to the Fredericton Train Station". The New Brunswick Beacon. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  21. ^ "Maritime Bus organising fleet for Dec 1 start". The Guardian (Charlottetown). 21 November 2012. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.