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Moncton

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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 about 72,000 (2016), with a metropolitan population of about 145,000 (2016), making it both the largest city and the largest metropolitan city in New Brunswick.

Understand[edit]

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°C) -3 -2 3 9 17 22 25 24 19 13 6 -1
Nightly lows (°C) -13 -13 -7 -1 5 10 14 13 8 3 -2 -9
Precipitation (mm) 109 81 103 90 99 93 100 76 92 100 97 106

See the Moncton 7-day forecast at Environment Canada

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From the US:

From Quebec:

  • Route 185 to Edmundston, and then down the Trans-Canada Route 2 to Moncton.

By air[edit]

Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport (IATA: YQM) located on Route 15 to Shediac in the Dieppe Industrial Park.

Airlines serving Greater Moncton:

Halifax Stanfield International Airport (IATA: YHZ) is located 2 hours away in Nova Scotia with many more direct and non-stop flights to other cities in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

By train[edit]

  • 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 with tax, 17hr).

By bus[edit]

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/day, $79 with tax, 5-7hr) and after Maritime Bus to Moncton (2/day, $82 without tax, 8hr)
  • from Halifax (NS), 2/day, $49 plus tax, 4hr30min
  • from Charlottetown (PEI), 2/day (8:15AM, 12:50PM), $33.75 plus tax, 3hr20min

Get around[edit]

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 Centre.

See[edit]

Magnetic Hill
  • Magnetic Hill Optical Illusion. Located in Magnetic Hill Attraction Park. A gravity hill, a type of optical illusion created by rising and descending terrain, in which it appears that cars roll uphill when in neutral gear. $5 per car entry. Magnetic Hill (Moncton) on Wikipedia
  • Resurgo Place - Moncton Museum and the Transportation Discovery Centre, 20 Mountain Road, Moncton, +1 506-856-4383. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM; Su noon-5PM; closed on public holidays. Houses a permanent exhibit on the history of Moncton and travelling exhibits. Entry is free of charge. The Transportation Discovery Centre features an array of interactive exhibits and hands-on activities about shipbuilding, railway and aviation, ehich have played a major role in the development of Moncton as a city and as a commercial centre since the early 19th century. Adult (18+) $10, Senior (60+) $8, Youth (12-17) $7, Children (4-11) $5, Toddler (3 and under) free. Resurgo Place on Wikipedia
  • Moncton Acadian Museum, Pavillon Clément-Cormier, 405 avenue de l’Université (at the Université de Moncton), +1 506 858-4088. Jun-Sep: M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa Su 1PM-5PM; Oct-May: Tu-F 1:30PM-4:30PM, Sa Su 1PM-4PM. Adults $5, seniors $3, students and children $2 plus tax, children under 6 free. CAA/AAA 10% discount.
  • Tidal Bore Park - toward the east end of Main Street in downtown Moncton has amphitheatre-style seating for bore viewing. 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. An electronic display board at the park, or the folks at the city's information booth on Main St, can tell you when to see this phenomenon, which occurs twice a day.
  • Magnetic Hill Winery, 860 Front Mountain Rd., +1 506-384-9463. May 18-Sep 2: daily 11AM-6 PM; Sep 3-Dec 24: daily 1PM-5PM; Jan-May: closed, Call for appointment. Estate-grown strawberry, raspberry, rhubarb and local New Brunswick grapes, blueberry, cranberry, apple, pear and maple vinted here in the cellar. Panoramic view of Moncton down to the Chocolate River and the entrance to the Bay of Fundy. Gift shop full of wine accessories, artisan maple syrup products, jams. Stay at their B&B as old as Canada and be treated to a homemade, country breakfast with the owners sharing stories and hints for your travelling plans.
  • 1 Centennial Park, 811 St George Blvd, Moncton. Centennial Park offers a large outdoor playground for kids and a water playground (summer only). In the lower section of the park you can rent paddle boats on the artificial 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.

Do[edit]

Tidal bore
  • 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 acres (16 hectares) 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, +1 506-387-3850, e-mail: .
  • 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 (2,200 acres (890 hectares)). 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, +1 506-859-7770, toll-free: +1-877-859-7775, fax: +1 506-859-7771, e-mail: .

Buy[edit]

  • Trinity Power Centre, off Wheeler Blvd at Mountain Road. Has the usual big box stores.
  • Champlain Mall. Largest single-storey mall in Eastern Canada. Located in Dieppe on Paul Street. Sears, Wal-Mart, Cineplex, Chapters Books.
  • North West Centre, Mountain Road. Formerly Moncton Mall.
  • Downtown Moncton. Main Street and Saint George Urban Quarters has many boutiques and shops.

Eat[edit]

Moncton claims to have some of the finest cuisine in Atlantic Canada:

  • Pastalli Ristorante, 611 Main St. Italian cuisine, grill your own gourmet garlic bread.
  • Catch 22, 589 Main St., +1 506 855-5335. Daily 4PM-10PM. Excellent seafood, steaks, pasta. Mains $15-50.
  • Graffiti, Main St. Greek cuisine.
  • Pump House Brewery, 5 Orange Lane (off Main Street), +1 506 855-2337, e-mail: . 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 its best, this may be 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, 125 Church St. (near St. George St.), +1 506-388-4833. Daily 11AM-10PM. Vegetarian restaurant.
  • Zen Gardens, Mountain Rd. Unique Asian vegetarian restaurant.
  • Taj Mahal Flavour of India, 882 Main St., +1 506-854-5557. M-F 11:30 AM-10 PM, Sa 4-10 PM. Indian, mughlai, and tandoori cuisine. First family-owned and -operated Indian restaurant in Moncton, since 2003. $6-15.
  • Mexicali Rosas. Very good Mexican cuisine.

Drink[edit]

  • Old Triangle, 751 Main St, +1 506 384-7474. Irish pub.
  • Pumphouse Brewery, 131 Mill Road, +1 506 854-2537.
  • St. James' Gate, 14 Church St, +1 506 388-4283. Good food and spirits, an awesome place to have a drink.
  • Oxygen Complex, 125 Westmorland, +1 506 854-0265. Has two other venues in the complex: the Paramount Lounge & tge Manhattan. Great place for live bands.
  • Cosmo, 700 Main st, +1 506 857-9117. 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), +1 506 854-8427, e-mail: . noon to 2AM. Irish-style pub. Bilingual staff, draft special.
  • Triangles, 234 St George, +1 506 857-8779. Gay and lesbian bar. Dance floor, cheap drinks, pool tables.

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 C'mon Inn Hostel, 47 Fleet Street, +1 506 854-8155, fax: +1 506 855-3791. dorm $27.50/night+tax, private room $65/night +$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.
  • Lewisville Road, Shediac Rd, Lewisville.
  • Holiday Inn, Mountain Rd.
  • Marriott Residence Inn, Main St.
  • 2 Howard Johnson Inn Moncton, 1062 Mountain Road, +1 506 384-1734.
  • 3 GoMotel.ca (formerly the Johnson Lake Motel), 1650 Main St, +1 506 389-1718, e-mail: . Check-in: 3PM-8PM (closed after 8PM). Bilingual, credit card only $90 offseason.

Connect[edit]

  • Moncton Public Library, 644 Main St, hours: 10AM-5/9PM, Wifi+shared computer
  • Starbuck on Main st/Church st (wifi & plug)
  • Moncton has a town wifi in many areas (including Main St, City Hall Plaza, Assomption Plaza, Riverfront Park): http://www.moncton.ca/wifi/

Nearby[edit]

Hopewell Rocks at low tide
  • 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. Check the website for the low-tide time, and get there within three hours on either side of low tide to see the islands best. (Kayaking is 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 (more than 30 m 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. Mid-May to early Oct: Adult $10, senior/student $8, child 5-18 $7.50, small child free, family $25.50 (taxes included). Off-season, no charge (enter at your own risk). Hopewell Rocks on Wikipedia

Go next[edit]

Moncton is often described as the Hub of the Maritime Provinces. It is within 2 hours drive of:

Routes through Moncton
RimouskiMiramichi  W VIA Rail Ocean icon.png E  AmherstHalifax
FrederictonGagetown ← Jct W NB 1.svg  W TCH 2.svg E  Sackville and Aulac → Truro
END  W NB 15.svg E  ShédiacJct W TCH 16.svg E


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