Moncton is a city in Southeastern New Brunswick, Canada. It is located inland of the Bay of Fundy and Acadian Coast. Moncton has a population of 64,128 (2006), with a metropolitan population of 138,644 (2011), making it the largest metropolitan city in New Brunswick.
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See the Moncton 7 day forecast at Environment Canada
From the US:
- I-95 through Maine to the Trans-Canada Route 2, through Fredericton to Moncton.
- Route 9 (through Maine) to Route 1 (Canada) through St. Stephen, Saint John and up to Moncton.
- Route 185 to Edmundston, and then down the Trans-Canada Route 2 to Moncton.
Airlines serving Greater Moncton:
- Air Canada Jazz - (Halifax, Montreal, Toronto)
- WestJet - (Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, Calgary)
- United Express - (Newark)
- Porter - (Toronto, Ottawa)
Halifax Stanfield International Airport (IATA: YHZ) is located only 2 hours away in Nova Scotia with many more direct and non-stop flights to other cities in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
- The Moncton Via Rail Station is located on Main Street near the intersection with Vaughn Harvey Blvd. Rail service runs 6 days a week to Halifax and Montréal on train "The Ocean". From Montreal, it's 3 times/week (around 6:45PM, $130-523 w tax, +17h).
Only Maritimebus serves Moncton and the Maritime area (NB, PEI, NS).
- If you are coming from Montreal, you have to take Orleans Express to Rivière-du-Loup (7/d, $79 w tax, +5-7h) and after Maritimebus to Moncton (2/d, $82 without tax, +8h)
- from Halifax/NS, 2/d, $49 (w/o tax), +4h30
- from Charlottetown/PEI, 2/d (8:15AM, 12:50PM), $33.75 (w/o tax), +3h20
Moncton is pretty easy to get around. There are two main streets into the city: the Trans-Canada and Wheeler Boulevard, connecting both ends of town.
Main Street and downtown Moncton are equally easy to navigate; signs are posted to all the main attractions.
Codiac Transit serves the greater Moncton area 7 days a week (limited schedule on Sundays), from around 7AM to 10PM. Fare is $2.25, and free transfers are available to let you reach your destination even if you have to change bus. A bus circles every hour or so, excepted the Express which is on a 15 minutes run, from the Champlain Mall to the Northwest Center.
- Magnetic Hill Optical Illusion - Located in Magnetic Hill attraction Park. $5 per car entry.
- Moncton Museum, 20 Mountain Road, Moncton, N.B. E1C 2J8, ☎ . Houses a permanent exhibit on the history of Moncton and also houses traveling exhibits. Entry is free of charge. free.
- Moncton Acadian Museum. Located at the University de Moncton $4.
- Tidal Bore Park - on Main Street in 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 causeway, but still an unusual sight when it is visible. The folks at the city's information booth on Main St, can tell you when to see this phenomena.
- Centennial Park, 811 St George Blvd, Moncton, NB E1E 2C2, Canada. Centennial Park offers a large outdoor playground for kids and also a water playground (summer only). In the lower section of the park you can rent paddle boats on the man made lake and visit the island in the centre of the lake. On weekends you can catch many locals enjoying the sun and picnics. There is also an outdoor pool/beach which charges admission. Centennial Park also offers many wooded walking and biking trails which serve as cross country ski trails in the winter. free.
- Crystal Palace Amusement Park, 499 Paul St, toll-free: . Dieppe. Located beside the Champlain Mall, Crystal Palace provides a fun-filled environment for families. From the Bullet Rollercoaster to the Waveswinger to an indoor mini-putt golf course, it is fun for all. Also, don't miss out on the Family Pass.
- Parlee Beach, Shediac. A beautiful beach on the Northumberland Straight boasting the warmest water temperatures in the country.
- Plage Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele
- Magnetic Hill Zoo. At the Magnetic Hill Attraction Park. Magnetic Hill Zoo houses more than 400 animals, including over 100 indigenous and exotic species. Birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, and fish find a comfortable and safe home in this 40-acre 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, Shediac Road.
- Magnetic Hill Golf Club, on Mountain Road across from McDonald's.
- Moncton Golf & Country Club, Riverview, ☎ .
- Capitol Theatre, Main St. Catch a show at the oldest theatre in New Brunswick.
- Empress Theatre, Main St.
- MacSweeny's Dinner Theatre, Main Street above Club Cosmo.
- Irishtown Nature Park. Largest urban nature park (2200 acre). Drive north on Elmwood Drive.
- TreeGO Moncton is open daily during the summer months, and is located in Centennial Park
- Casino New Brunswick (Casino New - Nouveau Brunswick), 21 Casino Drive.
- Trinity Power Centre, off Wheeler Blvd at Mountain Road. Has the usual big box stores.
- Champlain Mall. Largest single-story mall in Eastern Canada. Located in Dieppe on Paul Street.
- North West Center, Mountain Road. Formerly Moncton Mall.
- Downtown Moncton. Main Street and Saint George Urban Quarters boasts many boutiques and shops.
Moncton boasts some of the finest cuisine in Atlantic Canada:
- Pastalli Ristorante, 611 Main St. Italian cuisine, grill your own gourmet garlic bread.
- Catch 22, Main St.
- Graffiti, Main St. Greek cuisine.
- 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). Order the beer sampler to try the various types of beer brewed on site.
- Cafe Archibald, 221 Mountain Rd. At Archibald intersection. Intimate cafe with great service where meal and dessert crêpes are a specialty.
- Little Louis fine cuisine at it's best, this is arguably city's best hidden secret.
- Hynes a diner style restaurant with very good home cooking. The best burgers.
- Vitos an inexpensive but excellent pizzeria.
- Calactus, Church St. Vegetarian restaurant.
- Zen Gardens, Mountain Rd. Very unique Asian vegetarian restaurant.
- Taj Mahal Flavour of India, 882 Main St., ☎ . Mon.-Fri. 11:30 AM-10 PM, Sat. 4-10 PM. Indian, mughlai, and tandoori cuisine. First family owned and operated Indian restaurant in Moncton, since 2003. 5.99 to 14.99.
- Mexicali Rosas. Very good Mexican cuisine.
- Old Triangle, 751 Main St, ☎ . I. Irish Pub.
- Pumphouse Brewery.
- St. James' Gate, Good food and spirits, an awesome place to have a drink, 14 Church St , 1 506 388-4283
- Oxygen Complex, 125 Westmorland, +1 506 854-0265. Has two other venues in the complex; The Paramount Lounge & The Manhattan. Great place for live bands.
- Cosmo, 700 Main st, ☎ . All kinds of events go on here. New and fun: jam nights on Thursdays- starts at 10:30PM.
- Zen Garden. Biggest selection of tea. Healthy drinks
- Navigator's Pub, 191 Robinson Street (Entrance in Robinson Court), ☎ . noon to 2 am. Irish-style Pub. Bilingual staff, draft special.
- Triangles, 234 St George, ☎ . Gay and lesbian bar. Dance floor, cheap drinks, pool tables.
- Overtime Sports Bar, 800 Main Street, ☎ . Sports bar with 32 TV screens.
- C'mon Inn Hostel, 47 Fleet Street, ☎ , fax: +1 506 855-3791. do 27.5/n+tax, private 65/n +10$ key deposit.
- Delta Beausejour, Main Street. In the heart of downtown.
- Crowne Plaza Hotel, Main St. across from Highfield.
- Rodd Park House Inn, Main St.
- Chateau Moncton, Independent Hotel located on the Petitcodiac river on Main Street.
- Ramada Crystal Palace, Located in the Crystal Palace amusement park on Paul Street.
- Best Western, Located on Lewisville Road.
- Super 8, Located in Dieppe and within walking distance from the Airport.
- Comfort Inn
- Mountain Road, near Magnetic Hill.
- Lewisville Road, Shediac Rd, Lewisville.
- Holiday Inn, Mountain Rd.
- Marriott Residence Inn, Main St.
- Howard Johnson Inn Moncton, 1062 Mountain Road, ☎ .
- Moncton public library, 644 Main St, hours: 10am-5/9pm, Wifi+shared computer
- Starbuck on Main st/Church st (wifi & plug)
- Moncton as a town wifi in many areas (Main st, City Hall Plaza, Assomption Plaza, Riverfront Park, ...): http://www.moncton.ca/wifi/
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 through 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. Entrance is $9
Moncton is often described as the Hub of the Maritime provinces. It is within 2 hours drive of:
- Fredericton - historic capital of New Brunswick.
- Fundy National Park - offers great hiking and camping.
- Saint John - Oldest incorporated city in Canada with various attractions such as Reversing Falls.
- Prince Edward Island
- Many sites in Nova Scotia. Halifax is two and half hours drive east of Moncton.
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