Parks and Playgrounds
Every urban jungle needs those relaxing places that are light on the urban, and big on the jungle! In Fredericton, you can stop to smell the roses—or get active—in an endless number of city parks, playgrounds, and gardens. Get back to nature in a lush green park; take the dog out for a run in a dog park; wander thoughtfully in the botanic gardens; practice your ollies at the skatepark; or simply let the kids run wild at the playground.
Fredericton has 138 parkland locations, totalling 900+ hectares of green, treed space for public use. Enjoy!
The centrepiece of the City’s parklands is the highly acclaimed Odell Park, renowned as one of the most beautiful parks of its kind in Canada. Among the many distinguishing features of this 400 acre park are a duck pond, arboretum, and botanic garden. Here, amid woodlands and fields that once formed the estate of Reverend Jonathan Odell, people find space to play and commune with nature in all seasons of the year. The park is also home to the Odell Park Lodge, which is available for community use.
Killarney Lake Park
Killarney Lake Park is located on more than 1200 acres with over 4km of multi-use trails. The park contains an open recreational area, swimming beach, playground, and Killarney Lake Rotary Centennial Lodge. The park is located on the Northside of the city approximately 5 km from the St. Mary’s St. and Maple St. intersection.
The “Green” stretches downriver from Government House to Morell Park / Salamanca Landing. Enjoy a walk along the grassy, tree-shaded area that runs next to the Saint John River. It offers a quiet place to relax or stroll.
A green space on the Northside of the city. Located along Union Street, the park is next to the Saint John River and bordered by Ducks Unlimited and the Bill Thorpe Trail Bridge. Large open spaces, with a number of elm trees and a superb view of the city, provide a popular space for picnics and quiet strolls. Carleton Park is also the location for boat launching on the Northside of the city and connects to the Northside riverfront trail system.
Located in downtown Fredericton, on the corner of Queen and Regent Streets, Officers’ Square is one of the city’s most historic and scenic areas. It was the centre of military activity from 1785 to 1869 and 1883 to 1914. Now, Officers’ Square is a pleasant park for relaxing or strolling, and is the scene of outdoor summer concerts, outdoor theatre performances, festivals and other activities during the year.
The land across from the Government House on Woodstock Road is known as Wilmot Park. It was developed for the public in 1895, but had been originally set aside as a "pleasure ground" in 1860. The park includes quiet recreation areas where one can walk along the gravel paths, enjoy the beautiful elm trees and flowers, or rest in the shade of the bandstand. Children enjoy the playground equipment, splash pad and basketball courts. Adults can play tennis, lawn bowl, or enjoy a jog. The Stepping Stone Seniors Centre is located in Wilmot Park, just off Saunders Street.