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.
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.
- Greater Moncton: approximately
- The City of Moncton: approximately
- Total Breakdown: approximately one-third
francophone, two-thirds anglophone
- There are also more than 30 other ethnic
traditions enriching the cultural character.
- The Moncton Hospital, 135 MacBeath St.
- Hôpital Dr.-Georgcs-L.-Dumont, 330
avenue Université (506) 862-4000
- 644 Main St., Moncton
- 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.
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.:
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)
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.
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
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
SMT is the intercity bus line providing
daily service to and from most Maritime cities. For schedules and fares call
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
forecasts of local weather conditions in the Moncton region are available from
Environment Canada by calling (506) 851-6600.
In case of emergency call 911
from anywhere in Greater Moncton.
(Just off the TCH #2)
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!
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
The hill moved from folklore to hard news
when 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.
scenic phenomenon caused by the surging Bay of Fundy rides, the highest in the
world, the Bore occurs twice daily.
The 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.
(811 Main St.) Restored to its
original 1922 elegance, the Capitol Theatre is one of only eight such theatres
Showcasing local, national and international talent year-round,
cheek the box office or call 856-4379 for the current schedule or more
120 Westmorland St. (just off Main
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.