Fredericton boasts a wide array of venues, warm hospitality and a brand new convention centre, opening January 2011. November 29, 2010
Nestled alongside the majestic St. John River, Fredericton is Atlantic Canada’s Riverfront Capital.
Planners and delegates will take pleasure in the big-city amenities and small-town advantages Fredericton has to offer. The city boasts four-star accommodations and meeting facilities—including a brand new convention centre slated to open January, 2011—without the big-city prices and logistical challenges.
More than 1,700 guestrooms are within five minutes of the city’s business and cultural district. The city has a wide array of accommodations, including modern luxury hotels with all the amenities you’ve come to expect—and some unexpected surprises, such as bilingual service.
In 2012, Fredericton will welcome the Hilton Garden Inn, located next to the convention centre.
Home to the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design, Fredericton has more working artisans per capita than any city in the country and this fact adds to the city’s cultural charm and sensibility.
The city, known for its warm Maritime hospitality, has also received international recognition, twice being named one of the World’s Top 7 Intelligent Communities by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), based in New York.
International acclaim has raised the city’s profile, as both a Maritime business hub and meeting destination.
Travelling to Fredericton is easy, with daily air service with Air Canada.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit
1. Brand New Convention Centre
Fredericton is home to Atlantic Canada’s newest convention facility, opening January 2011. The new downtown convention centre is within walking distance of the Historic Garrison District, the Legislature and The Playhouse, a 700-seat (tiered) theatre. It features a 12,500-sq.-ft. ballroom; 7,400 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, ideal for breakout sessions, executive board meetings and special events; state-of-the-art technology; free wireless Internet; HD video-conference room and media room.
2. One Source for Hospitality Needs
Fredericton Tourism has partnered with the Fredericton Convention Centre, convention hotels, the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University as part of Rendez- Vous Fredericton, a destination hospitality partnership. Rendez-Vous Fredericton provides RFP response assistance, companion programme ideas, venue selection and much more. This integrated partnership allows planners to access all of Fredericton through one source.
3. Cultural Flair
Fredericton is rich in history, culture and beauty. Within an easily walkable five-block section of the historic downtown, delegates may explore the world-class Beaverbrook Art Gallery, currently undergoing an expansion to include additional galleries and reception space; National Historic sites, such as the Historic Garrison District and Christ Church Cathedral; an idyllic riverfront trail; the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly; live theatre; fine dining; boutique shopping; evening entertainment and festivals.
4. Incredible Values
Fredericton is an affordable meeting destination, offering lower-than-average room rates, complimentary Internet service and parking at all hotels. Plus, Fredericton Tourism offers complimentary conference services, such as site-visit coordination for city-wide events; an information kiosk; delegate kits; and an educational resource, the Meeting and Event Planner Guidebook. In addition, Fredericton is also Canada’s first free, wireless city, offering complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the downtown core.
5. Programming Options and Activities
Add a piece of New Brunswick to your meeting. Explore the St. John River by kayak or canoe, or tee up at a championship course. Take a group salmon fishing on the Miramichi River, less than an hour’s drive away, or have local artisans teach delegates how to create a piece of jewellery or pottery that’s theirs to keep.