When Fredericton turns 230 on February 22, where would you send its birthday card? Right: City Hall. (Pretty weird of you to mail a city a card, though.)

Here are six amazing facts about Fredericton’s City Hall. Also, three fake facts. Which is which?

Fredericton City Hall // 6 Facts + 3 Fake Facts

1 | The building is so awesome that it’s deemed a National Historic Site of Canada.

2 | City Hall is built on a plot called Phoenix Square, so named because a giant bird made of fire fought back an army of marauding centaurs to help found the city in 1785.

3 | Inside City Hall you can find a portrait of the city’s namesake, Prince Frederick Ton.

4 | There’s a tapestry in the council chambers that depicts a guy getting his head shot so hard that it vaporised.

5 | City Hall has functioned as a jail.

6 | City Hall has sold meats and produce.

7 | City Hall featured opera performances.

8 | The fountainhead outside City Hall is officially recognized as Freddie, the Little Nude Dude.

9 | Lightning hit the clock tower in 1955, stopping the time at 10:04. It wasn’t fixed until 1985.

Like the view? Catch it live on webcam. (Tourism New Brunswick)

Written by Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen loves to teach children. He specializes in literacy (elementary level) and has a lot of fun creating games and activities for class lessons. He also writes, manages social media accounts and announces roller derby games.


Peter Cullen

The tapestry collection is visually a great springboard for the local history. They should “fake fact” the whole collection, don’t you think? 😉

Jamie Blanchard

Appended Fact: Freddy Beach became renowned as a Hockey Town LONG before Willie O’Ree, Danny Grant and Buster Harvey thanks to the world’s first documented Face-Off as depicted in the above-noted tapestry.


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