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Moncton, New Brunswick
Greater Moncton, New Brunswick

   Thank you for choosing to make Greater Moncton a part of your vacation this summer - you'll not be disappointed. Whether you're here for an afternoon a few days or weeks, Greater Moncton has something for the entire family. Get wildly wet on water slides; discover science that will stand your hair on end; watch a river that fills and empties twice daily rekindle romance over a candlelight dinner; groove to your favourite music; shop in boutiques and shopping malls; and the list goes on and on. Whatever you want to do this summer, Greater Moncton is your ideal vacation headquarters.

Local History of Moncton New Brunswick

   The area now known as Moncton was once an early Acadian settlement known as "Le Coude." After the deportation of the Acadians, the settlement lay empty until a group of eight immigrant families arrived from Pennsylvania in June 1766 with a land grant issued by the Philadelphia Land Company.
   A township grew on the site named after the British soldier Lt.-Colonel Robert Monckton, who led the capture of nearby Fort Beauséjour in 1755.
   The new settlement quickly flourished as a centre for ship-building and was incorporated as a town in 1855. However, the birth of the age of steam and iron ships brought a quick end to local prosperity and Moncton surrendered its charter in 1862.
   A new era of prosperity came to the settlement with the location of the headquarters for the Intercolonial Railway in 1871, forerunner of CNR. In 1875 Moncton was again incorporated with the motto "Resurgo" (I rise again).
    Moncton became a city on the 23rd of April, 1890. Its coat of arms illustrates the agricultural, industrial and railway heritages, along with the world famous Tidal Bore, an ever popular tourist attraction.

Facts on Moncton, New Brunswick

Population

  • Greater Moncton: approximately 111,000
  • The City of Moncton: approximately 60,000
  • Total Breakdown: approximately one-third francophone, two-thirds anglophone
  • There are also more than 30 other ethnic traditions enriching the cultural character.

Hospitals

  • The Moncton Hospital, 135 MacBeath St. (506) 857-5111
  • Hôpital Dr.-Georgcs-L.-Dumont, 330 avenue Université (506) 862-4000

Library

  • 644 Main St., Moncton (506)869-6000
  • Summer Hours: Monday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Winter Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tourism

Assumption Place Moncton, New Brunswick   The Greater Moncton area is served by four Tourist Information Centres located at:
655 Main Street, Moncton. Open 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily during the summer season (end of May to Labour Day) and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the off season. Tel.: (506) 853-3590
   New this year, a seasonal Tourist Information Centre will operate daily 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Wharf Village Shops at Magnetic Hill from the end of May to Thanksgiving weekend. Tel.: (506) 853-3540
   The Riverview Tourist Information Centre, which is located immediately east of the Gunningsville Bridge at 175 Hillsborough Road, is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from the last week of June to the last week of August. Tel.: (506) 387-2053.
   The town of Dieppe will operate a seasonal Tourist Information Centre in Champlain Place daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through to Saturday with extended hours beginning in August which include Sunday, Noon -5 p.m.

Transportation

AIR: Carriers include Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz, and WestJet Airlines. Daily passenger services operate within the region with frequent flights to all major points. Greater Moncton Airport
BUS: Codiac Transit provides local bus service throughout Greater Moncton Monday through Saturday as well as Thursday and Friday evenings. For information/schedules call (506) 857-2008 weekdays from 6 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
SMT is the intercity bus line providing daily service to and from most Maritime cities. For schedules and fares call (506) 859-5060.
ABILITY TRANSIT is a special service available to residents and visitors alike. Transportation is limited to individuals who have serious mobility problems due to a physical disability. For information/schedules call (506) 853-3055.
RAIL: Greater Moncton is served by Via Rail with connections east to our Maritime neighbors, and west to Quebec and Montreal, For schedules and information call (506) 857-9830. From outside New Brunswick call 1-800-561-3952.

Weather Information

   Recorded forecasts of local weather conditions in the Moncton region are available from Environment Canada by calling (506) 851-6600.

Emergency Services

In case of emergency call 911 from anywhere in Greater Moncton.

Must See-Moncton, New Brunswick

Magnetic Hill - Moncton, New Brunswick
(Just off the TCH #2)
   Take your foot off the brake and be amazed as your vehicle rolls uphill. Magnetic Hill is Canada's third most visited natural attraction and is adjacent to a family theme park. A fun time for everyone!
   Magnetic Hill began as just local folklore in the early 1800's. Farmers living to the northwest of Moncton recounted wild stories of wagons running up on the heels of startled horses. Barrels and bales of dry goods were said to mysteriously roll "uphill".
   The hill moved from folklore to hard news in 1933, Tidal Bore-Moncton, New brunswickwhen three newspaper reporters spent an embarrassing morning stopping at the foot of every hill waiting for the magical magnetic forces to take over. Eight frustrating hours later, when the reporters were ready to give up, the phenomenon of Magnetic Hill was recorded as the reporters watched their 1931 Ford Roadster roll up the hill without them. Magnetic Hill was officially recorded by a skeptical group of believers.

Tidal Bore - Petitcodiac River, Moncton, New Brunswick
   A scenic phenomenon caused by the surging Bay of Fundy rides, the highest in the world, the Bore occurs twice daily. Capitol Theatre-Moncton, New BrunswickThe higher waters in the Bay cause the water in the placid Petitcodiac River to roll back upstream in one wave, which can range in height from 3 to 60 cm. Just as spectacular is the rapid and dramatic change in the river itself. At low tide the muddy river bottom is often visible, but within an hour of the arrival of the Bore, the water level rises some 7.5 metres (25 ft) to fill the river to its banks. The Tidal Bore can he observed from many places around Greater Moncton; visit a local Tourist Information Centre for more information.

Capitol Theatre-Moncton, New Brunswick (811 Main St.)   Restored to its original 1922 elegance, the Capitol Theatre is one of only eight such theatres in Canada. Moncton Market-Moncton, New brunswickShowcasing local, national and international talent year-round, cheek the box office or call 856-4379 for the current schedule or more information.

Moncton Market-Moncton, New Brunswick
120 Westmorland St. (just off Main St.)
   The most modern market in Atlantic Canada featuring fresh produce, baking, ethnic cuisine, and crafts. Ample parking. Open Saturday 7 am-1 p.m. Call: 383-1749.

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