Why Go Fredericton?
Fredericton has been my home since 1975, yep I’m a 70’s child, which means I’ve seen a lot of amazing changes in the Capital Region over the past 45 years…whoa 45? do I turn 45 this year? Alright, let’s get past that…I’m still very vibrant and active in our community and I’m proud to call Fredericton Home. Enough about me…let’s dive into Fredericton and its surrounding areas.
New Brunswick’s Capital Region
Fredericton wasn’t always the chosen capital of New Brunswick, back in April of 1785, the capital was moved from the port city of Saint John up the Saint John river to what is now Fredericton.
Fredericton is New Brunswick’s third largest city but it encompasses a rather large area when you look at what we call the Capital Region. Capital Region includes towns like Oromocto, Nackawic, and Minto and villages such as New Maryland, Harvey, and even Rural Communities like Hanwell. Fredericton’s Capital Region is vast and diverse, we have light industry, agricultural lands, forestry, a large military training base, and of course many levels of government. It is also home to two of the oldest Universities in all of Canada and a hotbed for entrepreneurs and local start-ups too. Companies like Hot Spot Parking, Radian6 (now Salesforce), Stash Energy Solutions, Acreon, and many others got their start right here. 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. It has a humid continental climate (Dfb), with short, warm summers and long, cold winters. It’s great for those who prefer a moderate climate!