Autumn Approaches

Pontoon boat on trailer, Trees beginning to turn.

Early Autumn- As the trees think about changing colours, boat owners think about keeping their boats safe at home.

With the Lighthouse closed on Mondays we snuck down to our friendly neighbourhood Dairy Queen on Main Street (Or is that Union Street there?) and brought our ice cream back to the boat launching park. The Saint John River was in a happy reflective mood and Friendly Boat Owners were guiding their craft onto trailers and preparing to take them home for the winter ahead.

Fredericton, Saint John River, Sea Gulls,Launching Area..

Gulls in a straight line formation near the boat launch area. Old Train Bridge- now a Walking Bridge, spans the reflective Saint John River. Several Buildings in the down town area are visible. Some are reflected.

We were happy to see that quite a few others were taking advantage of this beautiful evening to sit and watch the river flow, while the Gulls acted out their Sea Gull ways. Boats near the south shore kicked up a wonderful straight line wake while we were happy to relax and feel the magic of the moment.

Park, Walking trail, couple, Rocks. Early Autumn Trees.

Trees in this park on the North Side of the Saint John River are just beginning to turn. Couples of all ages take advantage of a beautiful warm evening for a quiet walk in the park.

Even the rocks seem to be happily day dreaming.

Saint John River Looking toward Westmoreland Bridge on an Early Autumn Evening.

The River looks bigger “in Real Life”. As leaves begin to turn colours, the park and all its visitors holds its (and their) breath and smile and enjoy Life and Nature’s Beauty.

At one point, on this evening, the love of my life turned to me with a smile almost too big to keep to herself and said, “I still have trouble believing we’re really here.”




Wild Life

Deer in Neighbour's Yard.

This delegate from the Welcoming Committee on Move-in-Day had four legs, & Hooves.

We’ve seen quite a few deer on our new street here. In the shadows at midnight with a white tail catching light from a street lamp through the leaves of a tree- that one looked like some kind of floating object spiralling around about three feet above the ground. This character- (above) was calmly munching on a neighbour’s grass at 8 am the day we moved in to our new house (well, new to us) my spouse thought, ‘Oh, how cool is that?’ while at least one of the movers was thinking about venison steaks.

—Walking our rather large 7 year old perennial puppy, one morning, the dog sniffed something and lunged, did not tear my arm off (but he tried) and I saw another deer hopping away when I glanced in that direction. That evening, I saw the dog become excited about something and looked up to see another deer take off  for the trees behind us, and then two more bound away with the first. I told the puppy that dogs who chase deer get in bad trouble with the local authorities, and I hope he listened… (But I’m going to keep my eyes on him, just to be sure.)

—We’ve also seen a lot of Crows around. But I see a lot of crows almost everywhere I go. On the day we left our old area we saw hawks in several places after not seeing many of them most of the time we were there. My favourite spouseling wondered if that meant something, was that a sign that we would be soaring into greater horizons? Sounds good to me.

—& We know there is other wild life around. I heard a bird song I’ve never heard before and wondered if there’s a new bird about, or do some of the birds here that I’ve become familiar with elsewhere sing in a different dialect?

—When we met our next door neighbours to the west the woman said she fed some of the deer quite often. I worried out loud that that might teach the deer that humans are their friends and if they come too close to the wrong person in the near future they might learn about gun fire and intense pain the hard way. Our neighbour told us, “Oh everyone here knows better- everyone knows I feed them.” If the deer migrate far enough, I hope they pick up on the philosophy that it isn’t good luck to let humans see you during hunting season. There are more than enough anti social deer to keep my hunter friends happy.

Isaac’s Way

Isaac's Way Entrance "Comfort Foods with a Twist"
Isaac’s Way has a very understated presence on Queen Street.

Isaac’s Way is a restaurant you could easily miss if you were hurrying by in the street. That’s the Service Canada Building in the background. The sign says “Comfort Food / With a Twist” beneath the large letters “OPEN”.

Smiling person at a booth
Smiling Patron at a booth in Isaac’s Way.

Inside, the walls of Isaac’s Way are loaded with original works of art which have been donated to be raffled to benefit children’s art programmes.  (I haven’t shown any art work to avoid worrying about copyright issues.) Above, a happy patron at one of the booths in Isaac’s Way anticipates ‘Comfort Food with a Twist’. (The food is excellent, this is another case of everything tastes better in Fredericton.)

Entrance to Isaac's Way Restaurant
This is another view of the entrance to Isaac’s Way, another one of Fredericton’s unexpected Treasures.

The original Isaac’s Way, on Main Street, burned down in a fire several years ago.

& Ahhh- The River-

Looking South From Princess Margaret Bridge.

Our First view of the St John River was from the Princess Margaret Bridge.

Looking South from the Princess Margaret Bridge as we sped across it on our way to our Motel the first evening in Fredericton.

Cormorants On Bridge Support

If You Look Closely, There are quite a few Cormorants on the closest Ancient Bridge Support.

After seeing hundreds of sea gulls playing king of the mountain on the old bridge supports we noticed one day, a flock of Cormorants had taken over the southern most support here.

Boat Launch area with river and bridge

This is from the Boat Launching Park on the North side of the St John. The Westmoreland Bridge is in the distance.

Looking pretty much west from the Boat Launching Park on the North Side of the St John River. The Westmoreland Bridge and Hills are in the background.

Boat Launch area, River, and a bit of Downtown Fredericton in the distance.

Okay, so this photo seems to feature the parking lot at the Boat Launch Park at the foot of Gibson Street on the North Side of the River. But the river is there and so is a little bit of downtown Fredericton.

Some of the above photos play down the size or width of the St John River here, but that river played a major part in the settlement of this city and much of its history.

River, Bridge, old bridge supports

Another view of the Westmoreland Bridge, this one from the Lighthouse on the Green on the South Side.

I’m pretty sure that’s a walking trail in the foreground. The river, the old bridige supports and the Westmoreland bridge, and then a little bit of the North Side with its hills are in the background.

Walking in Fredericton

Foot Bridge

Foot Bridge over St Anne’s Point Drive.

There are paved walking trails beside rivers, gravel walking trails beside rivers and through parks and wooded areas. There are ATV and Snow Mobile trails and other, non official, walking trails that the locals know about. The old rail road bridge across the St John River has been converted to a foot bridge and this bridge, between the Lighthouse Ice Cream Parlor and Museum, and the Westmoreland Bridge is both visually interesting and functional.

Nice View of the Landscape from a foot bridge

This is one view, looking toward the Lighthouse, from the Foot Bridge over St Anne’s Point Drive.

Here’s one view from the above foot bridge, looking easterly toward the Lighthouse.

A Lighthouse for Ice Cream?

Light House Ice Cream Vendor

This Lighthouse Sells really good Ice Cream, & fires my curiosity. What is its History?

We’ve been to this lighthouse twice for Ice Cream since we moved here. You climb to a large deck and then enter the building to select and buy your ice cream then find a table on the deck to sit and enjoy. & Right now, I’m wondering why I never asked anybody about this lighthouse’s history or significance or any of that, I just accepted the fact that Fredericton has this lighthouse that sells really good Ice Cream. There’s a facebook page:

And  the facebook page says it is a museum and will be closed until Friday. It calls itself “Lighthouse on the Green” And is at 615 Queen Street. I saw another ad that said the ice cream was home made.


Hidden Treasures

Indoor Courtyard with Pool and Hottub

The Courtyard at the Ramada Inn On the Northside may be a well kept secret.

The Indoor Courtyard at the Ramada Inn in Fredericton is quite spectacular. The Ramada Inn is on the North Side of the St John River, Just over the Princess Margaret Bridge. The address is 480 Riverside Drive. You’ll need to follow the signs to go South on Highway 105. It’s easy to get twisted around here and feel like you’re still heading North.

Ramada Inn Sign.

From the Road, The Ramada Inn looks like a thousand other Motels. The sign does mention the Courtyard and the Pool, but you could easily miss that as you’re driving.

This Ramada Inn looks like almost any other Motel or Hotel along a highway, anywhere. It would be very easy to miss the hidden treasures inside. Along with the Courtyard, the pool, the hot tub, and the weekend buffets, The motel has a whole pet friendly section welcoming travelers with pets. I think all of the pet friendly rooms have a patio on the indoor courtyard.

Indoor Courtyard with restaurant table and brick half wall.

Indoor Courtyard near the Restaurant. It would be easy to feel like you’ve been transported to New Orleans.

When the Restaurant is busy, I believe they can serve customers “out here” where it is very easy to believe you’ve been transported to New Orleans. (We will have a mention of the Restaurant and the weekend buffets on our restaurants page.)

Indoor Courtyard with Ceiling Superstructure..

There are reminders that you’re really indoors, but you almost have to look for them, especially after dark.

There is just a hint of the Koi Pond, with its realistic looking waterfall, in this photo.