12
Mar
09

Day 160 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: The City of Fredericton, New Brunswick’s Capital

Posting a Letter in Downtown Fredericton

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Westminster Book store has been in busy in Fredericton for 30 years, despite the arrival of Chapters.

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Montreal fans in New Brunswick!

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We met these two local boyz on the sidewalk in Fredericton.

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Friendly Faces at the Coffee and Friends cafe.

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Wilmot United Church had an amazing wooden interior with century-old stained glass windows.

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According to our guide, the younger generation aren’t attending church much these days. It is rather younger families and the older generation that makes up most of the parish.

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A lonely basketball hoop at the church gym.

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Church Artwork

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A century-old wooden hand which was once perched on top of the church, has seen better days is now protected from the elements by a plexiglass box.

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Randy our tour guide at the Wilmot United church was kind enough to give us one on loaf of bread but two,  in celebration of the churches bread day.

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The Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick is located in Fredericton. It was established de jure when the colony was created in 1784, but only came in to session in 1786 following the first elections in late 1785. Until 1891, it was the lower house in a bicameral legislature when its upper house counterpart, the Legislative Council of New Brunswick, was abolished. Its members are called “Members of the Legislative Assembly” commonly referred to as “MLAs”.

The New Brunswick Legislative Building is the current building that houses the Assembly. It opened in 1882, having been constructed by J.C. Dumaresq, following the destruction of the original building, known as Province Hall, by fire in 1880. It is a Victorian building with a 41 metre wide dome.

The legislative chamber is designed to have four rows on the government side and three rows on the opposition side. This is because elections have traditionally yielded a strong government majority; in fact on occasion, even with many of the seats on one side of the House, the government has spilled over to the opposition side. Quite often the House is oriented to have only two rows on the opposition benches, in the event of a large opposition adding a third row makes the opposition benches rather crowded.

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The main foyer is decorated with historical portraits of prominent New Brunswick figures.

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The Entrance Looking Toward the Staircase

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This statue at the bottom of the staircase was nicknamed “Hector” by those who worked in the building.

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Large ornate chandeliers throughout the building complete the classic architecture.

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An impressive wooden spiraling staircase is a centerpiece in the building, one of the largest free-standing staircases in Canada.

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View from the Top

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The Legislative Assembly

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Earphones for Interpretation – French or English

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There are many intricate details in the building.

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The library is livened up by Sir John A. sporting a bright beret.

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Inside the Vault

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The library has a vast selection of books.

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The public can come and enjoy the great reads in the library any time they wish.

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What was once the Senate Room is now a committee room.

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Senate Room – Another Viewpoint

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Many of the representatives signed the inside of the desks…wouldn’t their school teachers be mad!?

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We were not allowed to enter the Legislative Assembly, but we could take a photo from the door. The MLA’s convene on Tuesday, March 17th, after their Christmas break.

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Diane was a very passionate and well-informed guide-we learned so much from her! Thanks Diane for the tour!

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The creator of the Canadian Flag, George Stanley as painted by Bernard Safran.

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3 Responses to “Day 160 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: The City of Fredericton, New Brunswick’s Capital”


  1. 1 Henry
    March 13, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    HEY guys nice webpage lookin sharp. tons of good pics tim. when can i expect to see me and corey up there!?

  2. 3 Jessica
    March 14, 2009 at 2:21 am

    I’m famous!

    Good luck on your journey!


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