Fredericton lies on the Saint John River near the former site of Fort Nashwaak, the capital of the colony of Acadia in the 17th century. Now a National Historic Site of Canada, the destroyed fort is just one attraction in this beautiful city of 55,000.
Fredericton's economy is based primarily in information technology, commerce, and education. The city houses several post-secondary education facilities, including St. Thomas University, the University of Fredericton and the University of New Brunswick, one of the oldest public universities in North America.
But Fredericton isn't just a hub for education. The city has a reputation as one of the premier arts and culture centres in the province, and includes the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, York Sunbury Museum, The Playhouse, Harvest Jazz & Music Festival, and independent record label Forward Music Group. The city also features a variety of ethnic restaurants, a preserved forest, hiking and skiing trails, and the unique neighbourhood of Marysville, marked by 19th century buildings, company houses and a mill, modeled after those of British industrial towns.