With bright sunny crisp days and colourful foliage, Fall is a great time to explore your local surroundings and Doors Fredericton is a great way to do just that! Doors Open is a free annual event which gives you access to a few of the City’s most interesting and beautiful buildings. As an added bonus, many of the locations offer guided tours so you can hear about the history and unique architectural details of the building, or learn about the type of specialized activity that takes place inside its walls.
With 18 locations open in three short hours, you will need to pick your pleasure. Below is a quick look at some of the locations opening their doors this Sunday.
Children fascinated by fire trucks, will want to visit one (or both) of the two stations that will be welcoming visitors. Crews at the York Street Fire Station and the Northside Station and Firefighter Training Complex will show you a whole range of equipment including the rescue unit, rescue truck, the Hazmat Trailer, Tower Truck, pumper tanker, Quint Truck (aerial and pumper truck in one), and more. Children will be dazzled by the lights and sirens which will be employed!
If you still haven’t been into the Fredericton Convention Centre then drop in for a tour of the meeting rooms named after the original communities that amalgamated with the City of Fredericton in 1973. You will also see an impressive presence of art on permanent and temporary display including a large tile mural prominently featured on the second floor. The 9×30-foot wall is covered with nearly 1,000 hand-made and hand-painted tiles created by local artist Craig Schneider. Titled Wolastokuk, is it a unique representation of the St. John River.
Have you ever passed by one of Fredericton’s old churches and wondered if it is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside? Then this is your chance to check out six of Fredericton’s heritage churches. St. Anne’s Chapel of Ease, the oldest of the downtown churches dates back to 1847 and features a lych-gate, one of only two such gates believed to be remaining in North America. Lych-gates date back to 16th century England and are designed to protect the coffin from inclement weather during funeral services. One of the newest venues on the tour is St. Peter’s Anglican Church on Woodstock Road which dates back even further to 1837. As Canada marks the anniversary of the War of 1812, it is interesting to note that War of 1812 hero Captain Charles Rainsford, of the 104th Regiment of Foot is buried in St. Peter’s graveyard.
The University of New Brunswick Campus is home to many buildings of significance, including Sir Howard Douglas Hall, the oldest university building still in use on a Canadian English-language campus. Astronomy buffs will want to check out Canada’s first astronomical observatory, the Brydone Jack Observatory, built in 1851.
The City’s water treatment plant on Waterloo Row draws many people interested in the city’s water treatment processes. Visitors will learn about the modern state of the art technology and how safe drinking water is produced. Another special feature is that the handsome exterior respects the neighbouring historic buildings in the St. Anne’s Point Heritage Preservation Area.
Radio and TV studios are also open to the public. Astral Media, home to three Fredericton radio stations (1260 AM KHJ, 106.9 Capital FM and 105.3 The Fox) provides an opportunity to see a radio station in action and meet radio personalities face to face. Rogers TV will show you how community television programming is produced by local volunteers in its broadcast studios.
Complete list of locations:
Northside Station and Firefighter Training Complex
York Street Fire Station
Fredericton E. John Bliss Water Treatment Plant
City Hall Council Chambers
Fredericton Convention Centre
Sir Howard Douglas Hall
Brydone Jack Observatory
McCord Hall/Ice House
St. Anne’s Chapel of East and Christ Church (Parish) Church
Brunswick Street Baptist Church
St. Paul’s United Church
Wilmot United Church
St. Peter’s Anglican Church
Astral Media Radio Station
Hope you can make it out on Sunday from 1-4pm and experience ‘behind the scenes’ on some of these buildings! And don’t forget to check our the 2012 Doors Open Brochure.