For a while, the capital of New Brunswick had a reputation for being, well, a little bit stuffy. These days, the city is harnessing its hip factor and offering visitors plenty of fun-filled options.

1. Drink craft beer at Graystone Brewing

Graystone Brewing has eight of its small-batch ales on tap, including Patagonia pale ale. Hungry? Grab a tasty “naanwich” from the Monks and Jonesie Gastro Truck that can often be found parked outside. Try the Pulled Duck, which is roasted in Graystone beer.

2. Browse books at Owl’s Nest Bookstore

Cavernous Owl’s Nest Bookstore is stacked floor to ceiling with an estimated 275,000 books. Amazingly, owner Sandra Croft, who opened the store in 1992, can usually find what you’re looking for in the stacks, or recommend an alternative from the store’s epic collection.

3. Buy vinyl at Backstreet Records

Photo courtesy of Backstreet Records

Backstreet Records has been Fredericton’s vinyl source for 30 years. Besides having a great selection of hundreds of new and classic pressings to flip through, there are always plenty of CDs, posters and pop culture paraphernalia to choose from.

4. Shop for souvenirs at Urban Almanac General Store

Indie boutique Urban Almanac General Store sells affordable Canadian art, unique gifts and furnishings. The store has its own coffee roastery and a tea bar that serves up custom-blend teas. Friendly shop-dog George always provides a warm welcome.

5. Eat at 11th Mile

Chef Peter Tompkins and wife Jennie Wilson opened the 11th mile in 2017 and gave the city’s fine dining and cocktails scene an injection of sophisticated fun. Order the unforgettable beef and brussels sprouts with gochujang vinaigrette, then finish with the tequila lemon tart.

6. Explore The Beaverbrook Art Gallery

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is home to works by Constable, Turner and Freud. Its massive Dalí masterwork, Santiago El Grande, has its own room in the gallery’s new expansion overlooking the Saint John River.


[This story appears in the July 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine]