The city of Fredericton was established in 1785, making it one of the oldest cities in Canada. It is located in the province of New Brunswick, Canada… and like most cities in this country, it used to be called something else as you will see below. Without delay, presenting 11 facts about Fredericton.
1. Fredericton is the capital city of the province of New Brunswick and the 55th largest city in Canada. It has a population of just over 60,000 people.
2. Back in 1692 to 1698, it used to be called Ste. Anne’s Point. It was changed to Fredericton in honour of Prince Frederick of the United Kingdom.
3. The provincial government is the largest employer in the city.
4. Over 75% speak English and only about 20% speak French, so it is mostly an English speaking city.
5. In 2009, the city was awarded the title “Cultural Capital of Canada” by the federal government in Ottawa.
6. Despite its small size, the city is pretty cosmopolitan; a lot of food options from different countries are well represented.
8. Like the rest of Canada (unless you live in Quebec, typically people are moving on this day), everyone here celebrates July 1 as Canada Day.
9. Temperature: it can get really cold in Fredericton during the summer months (January 19/1925). The coldest ever recorded as a bone chilling -39C, while during the summer, the highest was 38.9 on August 18 of 1935. Many decades ago.
10. It is home to NB Power (New Brunswick Power Holding Corporation), one of the largest corporations in Canada.
11. Major tourist attractions include; The Lighthouse, Legislative Assembly Building, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Historic Garrison District.