A Canadian Heritage River, the Saint John is called the Wolastoq by the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people, which means “beautiful” and “bountiful.” The river cuts through New Brunswick’s rolling countryside, and the surrounding valley offers plenty to see and do.

1. Browse the Fredericton Boyce Farmers’ Market

Fredericton Boyce Farmers’ Market, photograph courtesy of Alexis Grant.

Held every Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Fredericton Boyce Farmers’ Market on George Street features more than 200 indoor and outdoor merchants. Enjoy a breakfast of bacon and eggs at Huskin’s Restaurant before browsing stalls that sell everything from vegetable preserves to pottery and handcrafted soaps.


2. Savour freshly caught seafood at Wolastoq Wharf

Enjoy freshly caught seafood—lobster stuffed haddock, scallops and salmon—along with homemade bannock at Wolastoq Wharf, an Indigenous-owned restaurant on St. Mary’s First Nation, located on the northeast bank of the river, opposite downtown Fredericton.


3. Admire local artists at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, photograph courtesy of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects/Tyler Reynolds

Located in downtown Fredericton, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is home to works by well-known artists, including Salvador Dalí’s Santiago El Grande, best admired by lying on the floor in front of it. The gallery also displays the Grandfather Akwiten Canoe on behalf of the Wolastoqiyik First Nation. The canoe was built by Wolastoqiyik artisans in the 1800s and is believed to be the world’s oldest remaining birchbark canoe.


4. Explore the the Saint John River via kayak

Kayak the Saint John River through Fredericton with Second Nature Outdoors.

5. Learn about Fredericton’s history at Kings Landing

Joslin Farm, photograph courtesy of Kings Landing Corporation.

Step into the 1800s at Kings Landing, a living history museum located in Prince William, about 20 minutes west of Fredericton. The site features historic buildings that were moved to the museum along the Saint John River, including The Hagerman House, featuring interpreters dressed in 19th century clothing, and the King’s Head Inn Restaurant, serving food made from ingredients grown and raised on-site.


6. Sip on whisky and rye at the Moonshine Creek Distillery

Take a tour of Moonshine Creek Distillery located in Waterville, an hour drive northwest of Fredericton. Opened in 2018 by brothers Jeremiah and Joshua Clark, the distillery produces unaged whisky and rye in flavours like apple crumble, dill pickle and coffee. The brothers were inspired by stories of their grandfather, who smuggled alcohol from the U.S into Canada.


7. Discover the history of the potato at Potato World

Potato World, photograph courtesy of Adele Reeves.

Learn the importance of the common spud to the province at Potato World in Florenceville-Bristol, located about 15 minutes north of Waterville. The museum includes displays that delve into the history and science of the humble tuber.


8. Dine at Fredericton’s 11th Mile

Enjoy shareable plates featuring local ingredients at Fredericton’s 11th Mile.

[This story appears in the June 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]