Friday, May 4, 2012

back to nature

I grew up on an island where the Bay of Fundy meets the Gulf of Maine so while I love city amenities I need  nature nearby.  It's one of the great blessings of living in Fredericton.  I live equal walking distance from the galleries, music, shops and restaurants of downtown and 400 acres of woodland at Odell Park.

Near the main entrance at the park's north end, you can take it a leisurely pace with rolling lawns, the duck pond and picnic areas.

If you're looking for something a little more rugged meander up the hill and through the wooded multiuse trails.  (For the very hearty there are nearly 3km of primitive trails throughout the park.)

If you visit in the summer months plan to wander through the developing Fredericton Botanic Gardens at the southwest end of the park. 

Strolling along The Green, cycling the trails or cross country skiing in the woodlots, Fredericton is made for outdoor lovers.  If you visit from June - September stop by the Small Craft Aquatic Centre (63 Brunswick Street behind the Victoria Health Centre) where you can rent kayaks and canoes for about $10 an hour.  A  paddle down the St. John River is a gorgeous way to rediscover the City. 

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