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Fredericton, New Brunswick (City)

Canada is a country in the northern half of North America. It is the 2nd largest country in the world in area, after Russia, and has the longest coastline of any country in the world, being next to the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic Oceans. Canada has the highest mountain range in the whole world. Around 30 million people live in Canada's ten provinces and three territories. Ottawa is the capital of Canada.

Fredericton is the capital of the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Fredericton is an important cultural, artistic and educational centre for the province. Fredericton boasts two universities namely the University of New Brunswick and the liberal arts focused St. Thomas University. Fredericton is also home to cultural institutions such as the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the York-Sunbury Museum and the Playhouse, the latter which serves as a venue for local talent/writers.
As well, adding to the city's rich cultural milieu, Fredericton is home to the annual Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival every fall which attracts regional and international jazz and blues artists. The city also contains a growing Information Technology and commercial sector. The city boasts the highest percentage of residents with a post-secondary education in the province and one of the highest per capita incomes.
The population of the city of Fredericton is 48,000. The first major expansion of the city occurred on July 1, 1945 when it amalgamated with the town of Devon. Today the city of Fredericton comprises Fredericton proper, and the boroughs of Silverwood, Nashwaaksis, Barker's Point and Marysville, which were incorporated into the city in 1973. The city is situated in the west-central portion of the province and, along with Moncton and Saint John which is one of the main urban centres in southern New Brunswick. The St. John River flows in a west-east direction, bisecting the city and providing the dominant natural feature for the municipality.
Fredericton and its surroundings are rich in water resources, which, coupled with highly arable soil, make the Fredericton region ideal for agriculture. Fredericton is an important cultural centre of the region featuring art galleries, the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, museums and theatres which promote local artistic and literary talent. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Fredericton enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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