Moncton -

Moncton is a city in southeast New Brunswick, Canada. It is located inland of the Bay of Fundy and Acadian Coast. Moncton has a population of 60,126, with a metropolitan population of about 126,086. The City of Moncton is the only officially bilingual city in Canada. All venues provide services in both official languages. It was also the site of a Rolling Stones Concert.

Get in

By car
From the US:
 •  I-95 to the Transcanada Route 2, through Fredericton to Moncton
 •  Route 9 (US) to Route 1 (Canada) through St. Stephen, Saint John and up to Moncton.
From Quebec:
 •  Route 185 to Edmundston down the Trans-Canada Route 2 to Moncton

By air
 •  Moncton International Airport located on the route 15 to Shediac in the Dieppe Industrial park.
 •  WestJet - Canada's discount airline flies into Moncton International Airport Daily.

By train
 •  The Moncton Via Rail Station is located on Main Street near the intersection with Vaughn Harvey Blvd, beside Highfield Square. Rail service runs 6 days a week to Halifax and Montrιal.

Get around

Moncton is pretty easy to get around. There are 2 main ways to get around Moncton, the Trans-Canada and the Wheeler blvd, connecting both ends of town. Main street and downtown Moncton are equally easy to navigate, signs are posted to all the main attractions.

Attractions

Things to see in Moncton are quite limited, most attractions are located at a few minute drive:
 •  Magnetic Hill Optical Illusion, Located in Magnetic Hill attraction Park. $5 per car entry.
 •  Moncton Museum
 •  Moncton Acadian Museum, Located at the University de Moncton
 •  Tidal Bore Park, Located on Main Street, Downtown Moncton. The tidal bore happens when the Bay of Fundy rising tide brings water counter to the normal flow of Petitcodiac river. The once-famous thundering flow has been reduced to a 6-inch ripple by nearby hydroelectric dams, but still an unusual sight. The folks at the city's information booth on Main St, can tell you when to see this phenomena.
 •  Hopewell Rocks, Walk on the Ocean floor thanks to the Bay of Fundy``s High tides (Second Highest in the world.) Truly a fabulous sight--bring your camera. Get there within three hours on either side of low tide to see the islands best (kayaking is also available if the tide's high). A nice 10-minute walk thru the woods takes you to a large stairwell to the ocean floor, where you can easily walk among a half-dozen enormous (30-meters+ high) columns of fir tree-topped sandstone islands. A golf-cart shuttle can whisk you back to the park information facility, which features a good explanation of how the islands came to be, a snack bar and gift shop. The ride from Moncton is about 45 minutes. Entrance to Fundy National Park is another 30 minutes but definitely worthwhile in good weather.

Activities

 •  Crystal Palace Amusement Park, Located beside the Champlain Mall on Paul Street in Dieppe
 •  Sandspit, Located in Shediac
 •  Parlee Beach, Beautiful Beach located in Shediac on the Northumberland Straight boasting the warmest water temperatures in the country.
 •  Plage Aboiteau Beach, Located in Shediac
 •  Magnetic Hill Zoo, Located at the Magnetic Hill Attraction Park
 •  Magic Mountain, Water Park located in the Magnetic Hill Attraction Park
 •  Poley Mountain, Biking in the Summer, Skiing and Snowboarding in the Winter located in Sussex, a 50 minute drive from Moncton
 •  Lakeside Golf Club, Located on Shediac Road
 •  Magnetic Hill Golf Club, Located on Mountain Road across from McDonalds
 •  Capitol Theatre, Catch a show at the oldest theatre in New Brunswick. Located on Main Street
 •  Empress Theatre, Located on Main Street
 •  MacSweeny's Dinner Theatre, Located on Main Street above Club Cosmo
 •  Irishtown Nature Park, Largest urban nature park (2200 acre). Drive north on Elmwood Drive

Shopping

 • Trinity Power Centre, Off Wheeler Blvd at Mountain Road
 • Champlain Mall. Largest single-story mall in the world. Located in Dieppe on Paul Street
 • North West Center, Located on Mountain Road (formerly - Moncton Mall)
 • Downtown Moncton, Main Street boasts many boutiques and shops
 • Highfield Square, Located on Main Street across from the Howard-Johnson Hotel

Dining

Moncton boasts some of the finest cuisine in Atlantic Canada:
 •  Pastalli Ristorante, 611 Main St., Italian Cuisine, grill your own gourmet garlic bread.
 •  Bogarts, Main Street
 •  Graffiti, Greek Cuisine on Main Street
 •  Pump House Brewery, 5 Orange Lane off Main Street (Microbrewery -- try the Muddy River Stout!) Not to miss: brick oven pizza (crust is infused with beer).
 •  Cafe Archibald, 221 Mountain Rd. (Archibald intersection) Intimate cafe with great service where meal and dessert crκpes are a specialty.
 • Juste Poutines, 346 Acadia Ave, Dieppe. Try the Acadian local dish called Poutine. Ball of grated potatoes with pork center, boiled until cooked. Don't be fooled by the texture, this is a must try. Some eat it with ketchup, gravy, or even brown sugar.

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