1st July is known as Canada Day, and is a public holiday. It’s kinda like the 4th of July for Canadians. It was a a long weekend for everyone, since this year, Canada Day fell on a Monday.
And although on Saturday and Sunday the weather was not very grand in Fredericton (mostly cold, cloudy and rainy), on Monday the weather started to clear by around 11.30 am and for the rest of the day it was a beautiful, bright, sunny day. Great for everyone, because Frederictonians (and Canadians as a whole) were determined to have a good time for Canada Day. There was a full schedule of events happening in and around Downtown, starting from around 10 am in the morning, with a fireworks display at 10.45 pm to end things off.
The thing is, we didn’t stay in Fredericton for the day. My uncle and aunt were visiting us from the USA, and so we decided to take a drive down to Saint John for the day and come back in the evening in time for the fireworks display in Freddy.
We started off a little late (around 12 pm, as we had some things to take care of in the morning) but it was a short drive to Saint John. (We hope to go there again soon – at least once more before winter hits.)
The road from Fredericton to Saint John is mostly a one-lane road on either side, but that was fine with us, because it gave us a chance to take in the gorgeous scenery.
The first place we stopped was the Saint John Visitors’ Information Centre, to find out what we see and do in Saint John. The centre looked out towards Irving Nature Park, and we could see lots of visitors in RVs and cars lined up there – perhaps all the families who had come to spend the weekend, or just the day.
The helpful lady at the Visitors’ Centre recommended we first stop off to see the phenomenon known as the Reversing Falls Rapids, and then depending on the time we had, walk around Downtown Saint John, or drive over to the Hopewell Rocks. Sadly, we didn’t have enough time to visit Hopewell Rocks, but it is definitely on our to-do list.
We spent a couple of hours just walking around Downtown Saint John, before heading back to Fredericton. My uncle and aunt were staying at the Riverside Resort near Crabbe Mountain, so we decided to go there and stay for supper and to watch the fireworks.
Riverside Resort, as the name suggests, is right next to the St. John river, and is a charming, old-fashioned sort of place.
We had a delicious seafood supper, consisting of the local seafood of lobster, prawns, mussels, and vegetables. The fireworks started right on time at 10.45 pm, and the sky was lit up with a rainbow of colours for the next 15 minutes. Afterwards, a hot cup of coffee, and off to sleep.
All in all, a fun and enjoyable day… our first ever Canada Day. Z and I are looking forward to celebrating many more on our Maple Leaf Journey. 🙂