Fredericton turns 230 years young today (February 22, 2015). Here are six facts about the City of Stately Elms. However, two aren’t true. Well, what do you know?

Happy 230th Birthday, Fredericton! // 4 Facts, 2 Fake Facts

1 | Our long-standing mayor since the ’80s, Brad Woodside, is a former Mr. New Brunswick pageant winner.

2 | The oldest existing observatory in Canada sits next to the Old Arts Building on the UNB campus.

3 | Freddie, the fountainhead atop the fountain outside Fredericton City Hall, is older than the Statue of Liberty.

4 | Fredericton has one sister/twin city: oppa Gangnam style.

5 | During the massive flooding of 1970, a whale swam up the St. John River and ended up beached near the Lighthouse on the Green. Unprepared to dispose of its body, the Department of Transportation eventually detonated the whale carcass with dynamite.

6 | In the downtown York-Sunbury Museum, you can find a 19-kilogram taxidermic frog (the mass of an average 4-year-old). Its immense size was partially due to its love of whiskey.

Fact: Fredericton is awesome. (Fredericton Tourism)

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.

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