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Moncton, New Brunswick

Moncton Overview

Moncton is located at the southeast corner of New Brunswick, not far from the border with Nova Scotia.  Greater Moncton has 110,500 residents, of which 30 percent are francophone and 70 percent anglophone, living in harmony in the rich ethnic traditions of the province.

The city is close to Magnetic Hill, which is Canada’s third most visited natural attraction, and Fundy National Park. The city is also a great viewing point for the twice-daily tidal bores on the Petitcodiac River caused by the extreme Bay of Fundy tides. Also nearby is the Acadian Coast (French speaking communities)  of New Brunswick, along the Northumberland Strait (north to Miramichi, Bathurst and the Baei des Chaleurs) as well as the Confederation Bridge to PEI (Moncton is a great stop, to ensure you do that drive in daylight)

Moncton History

Moncton, located in the province of New Brunswick, has a rich history that goes back centuries. The area was originally inhabited by the Mi’kmaq First Nations, the indigenous people of the region.  The first European settlers arrived in the Moncton area in the early 1700s, and were primarily Acadians, French-speaking people who had been expelled from Nova Scotia by the British during the Great Upheaval of 1755. The area was initially known as “Le Coude” (The Bend) due to the sharp bend in the Petitcodiac River.  In 1836, the community was officially named “Moncton” for Colonel Robert Monckton, a British military officer who had captured nearby Fort Beauséjour (on the Isthmus of Chignecto) during the Seven Years’ War.

The construction of the European and North American Railway (E&NA) in the mid-19th century played a significant role in the growth and development of Moncton. The railway connected Moncton to other major cities in the Maritimes and facilitated the transportation of goods and people. As a result, Moncton quickly became a transportation hub and a center for commerce and industry in Atlantic Canada. Later in the 1870s,  Intercolonial Railway (ICR) linking Halifax, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick with the rest of Canada, before being absorbed into the larger Canadian National Railway (CNR) system.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Moncton experienced a period of economic prosperity. The city became known for its manufacturing industries, including shipbuilding, textiles, and lumber. The expansion of the railways enhanced Moncton’s position as a transportation hub, attracting even more businesses and immigrants to the area.

During the 20th century, Moncton continued to grow and diversify its economy. The city became home to a number of educational institutions, including the Université de Moncton, which was founded in 1963 and is now one of the largest French-language universities in Canada. Moncton also became known for its cultural and recreational amenities, including the Capitol Theatre, the Magnetic Hill Concert Site, and the popular tidal bore attraction on the Petitcodiac River.

Moncton Information and Links

Moncton, New Brunswick Area Map

Moncton  Attactions

Resurgo Place

20 Mountain Road, Moncton NB – 506 856 4383
(506) 856 4383

Facility includes the Moncton Museum which chronicles  Greater Moncton’s unique saga of growth and survival, depicted through artifacts and photographs. The Transportation Discovery Centre features an array of interactive exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages showcasing the shipbuilding, railway and aviation impacts on Moncton.

Free Meeting House

20 Mountain Road, Moncton NB
(Adjacent to Resurgo Place)

The Free Meeting House, built in 1821 is one of Moncton’s oldest standing public buildings. Its purpose was to serve as a home for all religious denominations until such time as individual groups could raise the money required to build their own churches.

Thomas Williams House

103 Park Street, Moncton NB
(506) 857-0590 (summer season) and (506) 856-4383 off-season

Step back in time at the Victorian Thomas Williams House! Tour the home of this prominent Monctonian, who was the treasurer for the Intercolonial Railway. Built in 1883, this heritage home stands as an elegant symbol of local life during the Victorian era. Today, the Thomas Williams House is a designated municipal heritage site.

Treitz Haus

10, Bendview Court, Moncton NB
(adjacent to Bore Park )
(506) 853-3590, 1-800-363-4558

Moncton’s oldest standing heritage building (c. 1769), named after Jacob Treitz, one of the Pennsylvania-German settlers who arrived in 1766 to establish the Monckton Township. Small exhibits and historic interpretation of the building are offered.

Marché Moncton Market

120 Westmorland St, Moncton, NB, E1C 0R9
(downtown, between Main Street and Assomption Boulevard)
506 389 5969

Over 100 Atlantic Canadian growers, producers, artisans and culinary enthusiasts, all under one roof. A truly unique experience. See you at the Market!

Magnetic Hill Zoo

125 Magic Mountain Rd, Moncton, NB E1G 4V7

The Magnetic Hill Zoo, the largest in Atlantic Canada, welcomes more than 170 thousand visitors a year.  Open annually from early May till Fall.

Place 1604

243 Gauvin Rd, Dieppe, NB E1A 1M2

At the heart of Downtown Dieppe, beside the terrace of the Wingate Hotel and in the  winter months, skates on the refrigerated skating oval. You can also discover charming boutiques and restaurants.

Dieppe Arts and Culture Centre

331, avenue Acadie, Dieppe, E1A 1G9
(506) 854-2787

This regional arts center offers diverse programming, with two art galleries and a magnificent auditorium that showcases talent from here and abroad.

Petitcodiac River Trails

Nature and landscape lovers will enjoy walking along the Petitcodiac River. Explore more than 55 km of walking and bicycle trails around the municipality.

Rotary St-Anselme Park

505 Melanson Road, Dieppe

Many activities, including a playground, splash pad, BMX track, velodrome and baseball fields.

Dieppe Market

232 ch. Gauvin rd, Dieppe
(506) 317-0321

Shop for a variety of local fresh products and artisanal goods, each Saturday, 7 am to 1:30 pm.

Aquatic and Sports Centre

111 Aquatique Street

25-metre pool for swimming, and  children’s pool with a pirate ship as well as  other aquatic activities.

 Parlee Beach Provincial Park

45 Parlee Beach Rd. Pointe-du-Chêne
506-533-3363, 1-800-561-0123

Parlee Beach  has some of the warmest salt water in Canada and has been awarded the Blue Flag international eco-certification. Activities at the park include  a supervised swimming beach, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, football, a sand-sculpture competition, and daily scheduled sports activities. The park’s seaside campground boasts over 210 campsites on a beautifully-groomed property, with a restaurant on site.

Fundy National Park

Along Highway 104 (1 hr SW of Moncton)
PO Box 1001, Alma New Brunswick, E4H 1B4

Experience the world’s highest tides – not to mention pristine forests, deluxe campgrounds and a taste of Atlantic Canada culture – at Fundy National Park. Paddle in a kayak as the waters rise up to 12 metres or more (36 ft). Walk the otherworldly ocean floor at low tide at Hopewell Rockes. Or venture inland where trails lead to waterfalls deep in Acadian forests.

Kouchibouguac National Park

86, Route 117. Kouchibouguac NB E4X 2P1

New Brunswick’s Acadian Coast has lush mixed-wood forests, colorful salt marshes, and warm ocean beaches with golden sand dunes. At night, stargaze in the Dark Sky Preserve. In the winter, it is a snowbound fun zone. Explore and interact with Mi’gmaq and Acadian cultures.

Moncton, New Brunswick Area Map

Moncton Road Trip Planner (explore our directory)

Look for what to see & do, and where to stay in Moncton and the nearby communities along the shores of the Bay of Fundy and the Northumberland Strait.  First click on the LOCALE to search, then use the CATEGORY filter on the left side for the feature of interest!

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Moncton  Tours and Experiences

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