Fredericton is not a city full of high rise buildings, but you might get that feeling if you open the latest edition of the Yellow Pages for Fredericton and area.
The city’s new phone book shows a picture of a bridge on page 5 with the tag “Fredericton’s iconic Bill Thorpe Pedestrian Bridge”.
The image shows a trail leading to a cluster of apartment buildings in a city that is definitely not Fredericton.
It is not known exactly where the photo was taken.
The image was posted on Shutterstock, a stock photography website, by an account by the name of John_T, who describes himself as a China-based photographer, illustrator / vector artist, and videographer. The image is mislabeled on the site as “Gateway to Fredericton”.
The artist posted two more images under the Gateway tag in Fredericton. They show a bridge with an intricate and elaborate side rail leading up to palm trees.
Krystna Puleo, senior communications manager at Shutterstock, said in an email that the image is under review by the site’s content team. She could not be reached for further comment on Wednesday.
Both photos are also on the Adobe Stock photo platform, credited to someone using the name Evening_tao. It is one of a series of modern cityscapes in China.
Through reverse image searches, CBC News was able to pinpoint where the photo was likely taken. The bridge in the photo is similar to a winding red rail bridge found in Suzhou, China. This is a walking trail connected to a landmark in the city of East China, Tower Bridge, inspired by that of London.
Treena Cooper, vice president, secretary and general counsel of Yellow Pages, said the company “deeply regrets its mistake and apologizes to all residents.”
“The Yellow Pages will make every effort to ensure this error does not occur in future editions of the directory,” Cooper said in an email.
The Yellow Pages said they would not provide further comment at this time.
Fredericton residents react
Michele Boles, who lives in Fredericton, said whoever made the mistake should be held accountable.
“At first I was like, ‘Wow, is that what they’re going to do when they finish the new bridge renovations?’” Boles said with a laugh.
The pedestrian bridge is closed for works at least until mid-January.
Boles is however annoyed by the misrepresentation of her city.
“Someone just randomly searched for something online and used a free thing and no one even checked that out or somehow figured it out.”
Joe Hudon, another resident, was told by a friend of the mislabeled photo. Hudon didn’t believe his friend until he received his own copy of the phone book.
“I think it was a mistake made by the editors of the phone book who I guess are not in New Brunswick,” Hudon said in a Facebook post.
“I guess they just searched online for pictures of locations in New Brunswick and selected this one, which was mislabeled.”
The city, which has no control over the phone book, declined to comment on the mislabeled photo, but spokesman Wayne Knorr said in an email “mistakes do happen.”