When families are headed out on a road trip, the kids’ first reaction is often to ask, “is there a pool at the hotel?” If the answer is yes, the kids are all in. It’s no wonder – pools offer hours of fun and when there’s a slide, the excitement meter goes through the roof. Indoor, outdoor—it doesn’t matter much to kids, as long as they can splash about and cool off on a hot summer day.
Canadian kids just love swimming. A recent study found that it’s the most popular sport or activity among kids in Canada, beating out runners-up soccer, dance, and even hockey by wide margins. Chances are high that you’ll be traveling with one of these young Mark Tewksburys or Penny Oleksiaks.
No matter the reasons for their interest in swimming, booking a hotel with a pool will make the kids happy and the lives of parents easier. For a relatively small city, Fredericton—New Brunswick’s capital—has a surprising number and assortment of hotel pools. When everyone has finally had their fill of swimming, there’s a city with a buzz about it to explore.
When I think of Fredericton, I think of festivals, food, history, and fun. One of the best music festivals anywhere, the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival brings visitors to town every September from far and wide. The entire month of February is filled with more than a hundred individual events, all part of FROSTival.
Fredericton started off as a military garrison town beside one of Canada’s most historic waterways, the Saint John River. To get a feel for what life might have been like a couple hundred years ago, when the city was founded, spend a full day at Kings Landing. About 37 kilometers west of Fredericton, the working heritage village has farm animals, re-enactors and 70 historic buildings.
After all this activity, a pool waiting back at the hotel will be even more welcome. Here are Fredericton’s best choices for family hotels with pools.