Fredericton, New Brunswick 

Fredericton is the capital city of New Brunswick and is situated inland, along the St. John River. The city is about an hour's drive from Interstate 95 in the United States. In 1784 it was chosen as the capital city, instead of St. John, because its location made it less susceptible to attacks by sea. 

Fredericton is a green city and encourages its residents to walk or bike to work or the store. Transit buses are equipped with bike racks in the summer, and there are over 65 km of trails in and around the city. The city aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2010. Mayor Brad Woodside even received a letter from Al Gore in February 2007, congratulating the city on its green initiatives. 

Fredericton has been referred to as the Celestial City because of the many church spires seen downtown. It is predominantly Christian. 52% Protestant, 29.6% Roman Catholic, 2.1% other Christian, 1.6% non-Christian, and 17.4% non-religious. Fredericton also has a synagogue, a mosque, a hindu temple, an active Bahai community, and a Shambhala Meditation Centre. 

The communities around Fredericton are growing and Fredericton itself has seen a population growth in recent years. In the 2006 Census the population was 50, 535, up from 47, 580 n 2001. The city's population is younger than both the provincial and national averages and family income in 2006 was estimated at $70, 897. Housing is affordable and the cost is well below the national level. For example, a student can rent a two bedroom apartment for about $500/mo, including heat and utilities.    

There are 35 schools in Fredericton, with more than 13,000 students. Fredericton High School is the largest school in Canada and has over 1900 students. It has the largest school library and the only active school archives in Canada. It was established in1785, and is Canada's oldest English high school. 

Fredericton also has two universities; The University of New Brunswick, and St. Thomas University. It is home to two other campuses as well; New Brunswick Community College, and The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. The city has the third highest university-educated population in the country, and the highest percentage of residents with post-secondary education in the province. It also has one of the highest per capita incomes.       

97.4% of the population is White, 0.8% is of mixed race, 0.5 is Chinese, 0.5% is Asian, and 0.4% is Black. 

The city is bisected by the St. John River. The Northside is mostly suburban and is also where the Saint Mary's First Nation Aboriginal Reserve is located. The Southside holds the downtown core. 

Fredericton also has a large and active gay community.        

The city has 45 playgrounds, 37 tennis courts, 35 baseball/softball fields, 12 outdoor rinks, 5 indoor arenas, 5 outdoor basketball courts, 4 outdoor swimming pools, 3 indoor swimming pools, 3 bowling alleys, 4 recreation centres, 5 golf clubs, 2 curling clubs, an aquatic centre, and a skateboarding park. 

CFB Gagetown is situated nearby. This is one of the largest military training bases in the Commonwealth.  

A Citizen Attitude Survey of 2005 summed up with, “Overall, the survey indicates that residents believe Fredericton is an innovative city, with a strong economy, and a good place to live.”