Known as the “Hub City” because of its location in New Brunswick and its history of being a transportation hub for the Maritimes, Moncton is a thriving city with a lot to offer visitors. The city and its suburbs have a population of just over 138,000, making it the largest city in New Brunswick providence. Moncton was believed to have been established in 1766 by Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants from Philadelphia. Today, the city sits along the north bank of the Petitcodiac River where the river bends from a west-east flow to a north-south flow. Moncton also houses a significant exhibit: one of North America’s few tidal bores, or a regularly occurring wave that travels up the river on the edge of the incoming tide. Along with this natural feature, there are also two national parks within an hour-drive of the city and a few other natural attractions that keep visitors coming back for more.
Centennial Park is a must-see, as it features a boating pond, dog park, children’s, and much more. The park sits at the west end of the city and houses a display fighter jet, an old war tank, and an anchor from an aircraft carrier that served in the Royal Navy. There so much to see and do here, but don’t forget to try out your skills at the park’s aerial adventure course which contains rope climbing, obstacles courses, and ziplines. You’ll want to spend all your time outdoors at this park, so make sure to free up some time to come for a visit!
One of the biggest attractions in the Moncton is the famous Tidal Bore. This scenic wonder happens when the higher waters in the Bay of Funday cause the water in the calm Petitcodiac River to roll back upstream in one wave. This wave can range in height from 3 to 60cm, a spectacle for visitors and locals alike. The Bore occurs twice a day so you’ll have plenty of time to fit it into your schedule. Check out the Visitor Information Center in downtown Moncton near Bore Park for more information on when to plan your trip to the Bore.
An amazing phenomenon happens in Moncton, and it has nothing to the with the Bores. Discovered in 1933, Magnetic Hill takes drivers on a unique adventure. Take your car to the bottom of the hill and let go of the brakes. Don’t worry, your car won’t go anywhere but up, as you’ll feel your vehicle roll back uphill. This amazing phenomenon is something you have to experience for yourself.
Just an hour outside of downtown Moncton are New Brunswick’s only national parks. Fundy National Park is a great place to take the kids. If you’re at the park on a Tuesday in September, sign up for the Swim with Salmon Program where you’ll get to immerse yourself in the Upper Salmon River and get a close-up look at the natural return of Atlantic salmon to the rivers located in Funday National Park. Fundy also claims the title of the world’s largest tides, a big attraction to the park. There’s plenty more to do in the park, though, so don’t forget to go on some great hikes, kayak in the rivers, and explore the ocean at low tide. In the summer, the park even hosts a series of music concerts, cultural, and culinary festivals. The second national park within an hour’s drive from Moncton is Kouchibouguac. Stretching along the Acadian Coastal Drive, this park offers visitors sand dunes, a clear, celestial sky at night, and some great winter activities, as well. During the snowy months, you can enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and great winter walking trails. In the warm months, hop in a re-creation of a voyageur canoe and join the park volunteers as they take you out on the waters and bring the history of New Brunswick to life with stories and photos of the first settlers’ voyage. You might even see some Grey seals while you’re out on the water!
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Whatever you do on your vacation, don’t forget to hit the local food joints for some delicious grub. The Pump House Brewery and Restaurant has great, brewed-in-house beers and tasty dishes to satisfy your appetite. The atmosphere is friendly, and the outdoor seating is clutch on a beautiful, sunny day in Moncton. For some home cooking, check out Jean’s Restaurant. The breakfast is a crowd pleaser, and the desserts are homemade.
Getting to Moncton from out of the area can be done easily by air. Fly into Greater Moncton International Airport. The airport is located just a 15-minute drive from downtown, so you can easily take a cab to your accommodations. In Moncton, the public bus system is decent, and will take you many places around the city. If you’re going to be visiting the national parks, or want to experience Magnetic Hill for yourself, rent a car from the airport and you’ll be able to get to those places, as the bus will not take you that far outside of Moncton.
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