Fredericton Trails Visitor Centre UR Here - Fredericton, NB
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N 45° 57.527 W 066° 37.248
19T E 684362 N 5092220
Quick Description: When "here", you are at the Fredericton Trails Visitor Centre, 200 metres east of the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge, the old Northern and Western Railway bridge.
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Date Posted: 2/9/2016 4:36:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMQDE9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
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Long Description:
This is an excellent location for the Fredericton Trails Visitor Centre as there are five trails which begin at or very near here. The centre's design is based on the old South Devon Railway Station which previously occupied the site. Nashwaak Trail passes right by the centre.

Nashwaak Trail is part of the Fredericton trails system, which joins the Sentier New Brunswick Trails, which, in turn, joins the Trans Canada Trail. Nashwaak, following the old railbed of the Northern and Western Railway, has essentially no grade, so is an easy walk or bike ride. Backtracking, or heading west, will take one over the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge, the old Northern and Western Railway bridge built in 1938 and part of the Fredericton trails system since 1997.

From near here at the Fredericton Trails Visitor Centre, there are actually five trails which head in various directions. Nashwaak, 7.9 kilometres, heads generally northeast; Gibson, 5.3 kilometres, heads generally east; Northside, 10 kilometres, heads generally north; Riverfront heads north along the St. John River for 4.4 kilometres; the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge heads west across the river where it immediately joins three more trails. In total the Fredericton trails system has 85 kilometres of trails running throughout the city.

TRAIL VISITOR CENTRE

The Trail Visitor Centre (TVC) has an address of 180 Station Road on Fredericton's Northside (between Union and Barker Streets in South Devon). The little blue building, with its back to the road, faces the section of the trail which is only 200m from the north end of the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge.

Based on the design of the last South Devon railway station (see below), the TVC was built in 2002 by a group of volunteers, the Fredericton Trail Patrol. The following year the City took over ownership of the building, and after interior renovations became the Trail Visitor Center.

Located at the intersection of the Nashwaak, Gibson, and Northside trails, the Trail Visitor Centre (TVC) is open from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday-Friday and 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday-Sunday from the first of May until Thanksgiving with reduced hours after Labour Day.

Come on in and take a rest in our 'cottage' like atmosphere and enjoy a complimentary coffee and tea and use our two large wheelchair accessible washrooms. On display for your taking are the Fredericton Trail Guides as well as brochures on a variety of salient topics such as recreation, trail etiquette, entertainment, and active living for the City of Fredericton. The Centre now has compost and recycling collection to reduce the garbage being produced on-site.

Our friendly staff are always ready to answer your question about the Fredericton trail system, install a free bike bell, or chat with tourists and ‘townies’ out on the trails. We also have on hand yearly Trail Guides, as well as other tourist information pertaining to our beautiful Capital City of New Brunswick.

The History of the Railroad in this area is portrayed in photos on two of our walls, while the other walls are occupied by the Walking Trail History Exhibit.
From Fredericton Trails

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Location Name: Fredericton Trails Visitor Centre

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