In Fredericton, you can enjoy a balanced lifestyle with abundant recreational and cultural amenities, short commutes, low crime rate, affordable housing, and the lowest property tax rate of all New Brunswick cities! You can see why the City was named "Among Canada's Top Ten Best Places to Live" six years running by MoneySense, and the 2009 Cultural Capital of Canada!
"Come for a vist, stay for a lifetime", Mayor Brad Woodside
Click Here for a digital copy of the Newcomers Guide.
If you are immigrating to Fredericton, please see IMMIGRATION section.
Why choose Fredericton?
Whether you reside in the downtown core within a five-minute walk to work, or in one of the many suburbia areas within a five-minute drive - traffic jams are non-existent! Fredericton is safe and affordable with housing costs well below the national average plus property taxes are the lowest of all New Brunswick cities.
Recreational and fitness activities are abundant with over 88 km of connecting trail throughout the city for walking, hiking, running, biking, roller-blading and cross-country skiing! You can also downhill ski at Crabbe Mountain, located at the city's doorstep just a 40 minute drive away. There is fantastic golf with seven local courses plus boating, salmon fishing, and hunting - to name a few activities.
As the Cultural Capital of Canada for 2009, the city boasts a colorful art, craft and cultural community renowned for its status as the Craft Capital of New Brunswick and Pewtersmith Capital of Canada. The city has numerous galleries and studios such as the famous Beaverbrook Art Gallery -- home to the Salvador Dali's Santiago el Grande. The Playhouse sets the stage for live theatre -- Theatre New Brunswick (TNB). The Playhouse also features a regular program of ballet, music concerts and classical performances. Throughout the year, there are numerous festivals like the internationally renown NB Highland Games/Scottish Festival and Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. One of Fredericton treasured Saturday morning rituals is a trip to the Boyce Farmers' Market where you can enjoy the enticing aroma of ethnic food, find unique crafts & gifts, and buy your fresh produce, meat and flowers.
Fredericton has a vibrant nightlife and a fusion of restaurants featuring various cuisine such as Chinese, Greek, Italian, Mexican, Caribbean, Indian, Vietnamese and of course some of the best maritime seafood.
Fredericton is proud of its excellent educational facilities from kindergarten to post-graduate studies in both official languages plus four universities and numerous colleges and training institutes.
The Multi-Cultural Association of Fredericton assists immigrating families with language training, finding employment and integrating into the community. See our Immigration section for more information.
If you are between the ages of 19-35 years, and are looking for networking opportunities, check out FRYPE (Fredericton Region Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs).
Fredericton has quality health care facilities and services, operated by Horizon Health Network. The University of New Brunswick will also be opening a Wellness Centre.
And Fredericton is centrally located within an hour's drive to the U.S. Interstate 95 -- the major American north-south corridor; within a day's drive of Halifax, Toronto and New York; less than an hour away from Saint John - the region's busiest seaport; and just a fifteen minute drive from the Fredericton Airport - with direct daily connections to Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Ottawa.
We encourage you to visit Fredericton, so you can experience first-hand everything that Fredericton has to offer! As part of our "green" initiative, we are now offering a digital Newcomers Guide, If you require a hard copy of the online materials, please click here .