Fredericton to Kouchibouguac – Goodbye Summer!

The last weekend of September was looking like the weather would be perfect for doing something special so we decided to drive to Fredericton to see the fall colors and to explore a bit more of the city we have not really taken the time to visit while we’ve been in New Brunswick.

The Parliament Buildings in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
The Parliament Buildings in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

The City of Fredericton offers guided tours of the historical downtown where we were shown buildings relating to the military history as well as the parliament buildings and other interesting spots. Our guide was very good and we learned some new things like all about the powder-monkeys and the windows in the molasses barrels!

The Fredericton Parliament Buildings are adorned with many small faces mainly of English Royalty or the families of the architects. There are only two carved heads on the building showing the faces of the natives of this region.
The Fredericton Parliament Buildings are adorned with many small faces mainly of English Royalty or the families of the architects. There are only two carved heads on the building showing the faces of the natives of this region.
The autumn leaves were bright red on this sunny September afternoon in Fredericton.
The autumn leaves were bright red on this sunny September afternoon in Fredericton.
Downtown Fredericton is more than historical buildings, there is an amazing Arts Center as well as the infamous Beaverbrook Hotel and an art gallery where this sculpture of a mountain lion perched on a tree was standing.
Downtown Fredericton is more than historical buildings, there is an amazing Arts Center as well as the infamous Beaverbrook Hotel and an art gallery where this sculpture of a mountain lion perched on a tree was standing.
Soldiers and their wives lived in this barracks in Fredericton. It once held the Temperance Society and is now home to the Arts College and summer market vendors.
Soldiers and their wives lived in this barracks in Fredericton. It once held the Temperance Society and is now home to the Arts College and summer market vendors.
A lion atop an old fountain on Queen Street in Fredericton. The fountain was from the late 1800s or early 1900s and had a water drinking spot for people as well as a lower one for dogs and cats and even one for jorses. How thoughtful to offer a fresh drink even for the kitties!
A lion atop an old fountain on Queen Street in Fredericton. The fountain was from the late 1800s or early 1900s and had a water drinking spot for people as well as a lower one for dogs and cats and even one for horses. How thoughtful to offer a fresh drink even for the kitties!
After our picnic lunch and tour of Fredericton we went to Hyla Amphibian Park in Fredericton and when we stopped to walk the trail we had our own personal guide! Dahlila the Black Lab gave us a tour of the trail. We didn’t see the frog ponds as we were tired and wanted to drive home…next time!
After our picnic lunch and tour of Fredericton we went to Hyla Amphibian Park in Fredericton and when we stopped to walk the trail we had our own personal guide! Dahlila the Black Lab gave us a tour of the trail. We didn’t see the frog ponds as we were tired and wanted to drive home…next time!
We did a bike ride of 21.4 km at Kouchibouguak National Park including the Major Kollock trail which was a real kidney pounding ride. It seems to get longer every time we do the ride. We forgot to bring snacks so it’s a good thing we had a big breakfast!
We did a bike ride of 21.4 km at Kouchibouguak National Park including the Major Kollock trail which was a real kidney pounding ride. It seems to get longer every time we do the ride. We forgot to bring snacks so it’s a good thing we had a big breakfast!
We pitched our beach tent and relaxed watching the surf and gulls at Kelly’s Beach. We tried for a nap but the Deer Flies were swarming us and we ended up mostly swatting flies. Still I went for a swim in what was our last trip to the beach for the year.
We pitched our beach tent and relaxed watching the surf and gulls at Kelly’s Beach. We tried for a nap but the Deer Flies were swarming us and we ended up mostly swatting flies. Still I went for a swim in what was our last trip to the beach for the year.
Going home after a hot day at the beach. Couldn’t believe it was 27 degrees at the end of September! We’ll be back next year, Kouchibouguak is such an awesome place for birds and beaches and biking!
Going home after a hot day at the beach. Couldn’t believe it was 27 degrees at the end of September! We’ll be back next year, Kouchibouguak is such an awesome place for birds and beaches and biking!

What a great weekend we had! The perfect end to a super summer in New Brunswick!