14
Mar
09

Day 161 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: The City of Fredericton, New Brunswick’s Capital

Fredericton Geometrics

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Leaving to walk the dog from her Fredericton home.

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Working at the Coffee and Friends Cafe

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Air Canada pilots and crew checking into the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Fredericton.

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Randy unloads a back hoe in downtown Fredericton. Monday morning he will start digging up the frost out of the ground.

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Fredericton City Hall

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Bishop John Medley arrived in Fredericton on June 19, 1845. 40 year-old Medley immediately set about planning for construction of a magnificent new cathedral. The Cathedral was modeled after St. Mary’s, in Snettisham, Norfolk. Today, the two cathedrals bear remarkable similarities to each other. The architectural style, imitating from another building, is known as “Revived Gothic”. The cornerstone for the new building was laid on October 15, 1845 by Lieutenant Governor Sir William Colebrooke.

The service of consecration marking the official opening of the Cathedral would not take place until August 11, 1853, almost eight years later. The tower of the Cathedral was the last major part to be constructed. The original plans called for a twin tower design, but soaring construction costs led to the choice of a single tower. The original design was published in the Illustrated London News in 1849. On July 3, 1911, lightning struck the Cathedral and the resulting fire gutted the spire and destroyed the choir when the bells melted and fell to earth. It took over a year and $100,000 to rebuild the Cathedral. On August 12, 1912, Bishop Richardson led a rededication service for the restored building. The newly constructed spire rose to 198 feet. In 1983, the Cathedral was declared a National Historic Site by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. The year 2003 marks the 150th anniversary of the Cathedral completion in 1853.

Christ Church in Fredericton

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Lighthouse on St John river

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At first sight, you might think this clump of grass high up in the tree is last year’s bird nest. On closer examination, you’ll notice the grass is stacked from one direction- from left to right. This was caused by last year’s flooding of Fredericton and the grass marks the high water point. There is already talk in Fredericton of flooding this year, with just 14 cm’s less snow than last year. In one month’s time the story will unfold with the spring melt.

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Red Clock in Walkway in Fredericton

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An amazing century-old rock building houses the York-Sunbury Museum in downtown Fredericton.

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People Enjoying a Saturday Skate in Fredericton

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We were surprised to see a Swedish flag flying up top of a building in Fredericton. I stopped and asked some folks, who had lived there their entire lives, but they didn’t know.

So we strolled over to read the business list on the outside of the front doors. As it turns out, it is one of the 11 Swedish Consulates in Canada.

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Security from the Legislative Assembly Building

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This surprisingly impressive museum overlooks the waterfront and is home to an extensive collection of British paintings, including works by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Constable, and Turner. Antiques buffs gravitate to the rooms with period furnishings and early decorative arts. Most visitors find themselves drawn to Salvador DalĂ­’s massive Santiago El Grande, and studies for an ill-fated portrait of Winston Churchill. Stop by to find out what’s currently on display.

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

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Fredericton Legion – New Brunswick flag flying at half mast for a fallen soldier in Afganistan.

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Friday night dart night has been going on for 20 years at the Marysville Legion.

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Steady and Focused.

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Winning Second Place!

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