Explore New Brunswick: Fredericton's Changing of the Guard

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If your family includes history buffs, this is the ONE thing you need to make time for when you visit Fredericton, New Brunswick - a town that we just love.

Twice a day in the summer, there is a changing of the guard

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Explore New Brunswick: Fredericton's Changing of the Guard

Did you know?

The Canadian Army was formed in 1883 when the Infantry School Corps, Company A, was created in Fredericton. 

Explore New Brunswick: Fredericton's Changing of the Guard

Here’s how it works:

With the snared beat of drum sticks and the haunting sounds of a bagpipe, period-dressed, red-coated Guards enter Officer’s Square in downtown Fredericton. Once formed into rows, the Guard stands at attention, as the lone bagpipe maintains its plaintive tune. After the Guard has been inspected, the men re-enact history with rifle salutes in various formations.

Explore New Brunswick: Fredericton's Changing of the Guard

If you’re lucky, as I was, you may be chosen to inspect the guard. I will tell you, I was possibly the slowest Guard inspector they’d ever had, because I was absolutely entranced with the stories of each guard member. Most were college students (what an incredible summer job!), and each had an interesting story. I could only imagine the honor it is to serve in the Guard, and the joy they feel in reenacting history for countless visitors.

Me inspecting the guard! Explore New Brunswick: Fredericton's Changing of the Guard
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Me inspecting the guard! From Explore New Brunswick: Fredericton's Changing of the Guard

You feel bereft, as well as a part of history (at least Fredericton's daily history), as the Guard exits the square to the same accompaniment by the talented pipes and drums. 

Explore New Brunswick: Fredericton's Changing of the Guard

Watch:

Details:

* In July and August, 7 days a week, the Guard changes at 11am and 4pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, there is an additional ceremony at 7pm.
* Sentry duty changes every hour on the hour at City Hall.
* The Historic Garrison District, a National Historic Site and Provincial Heritage site, includes the Officer’s Square, museums, shopes, heritage buildings, and more in a 2 block area in downtown Fredericton.

Explore New Brunswick: Fredericton's Changing of the Guard

Learn more:

http://www.tourismfredericton.ca/en/experience/free-garrison-entertainment
http://www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca/Products/H/HistoricGarrisonDistrict.aspx

Explore New Brunswick: Fredericton's Changing of the Guard

Where to Stay

We absolutely loved staying at the Delta Fredericton (click here for reservations). It's located right on the river, has incredibly beautiful views, fantastic art, an excellent restaurant, and a pool and patio area. 

Where to Stay in Fredericton, New Brunswick (plus details on how you can see the Changing of the Guard)

Have you been to Fredericton, New Brunswick? Did you see the Changing of the Guard? What did you love most?

 

 

 

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