When to visit
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What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
New Brunswick's largest city was named the most polite city in Canada by Reader's Digest in 2008.
Moncton is a popular tourist destination due to its central location, offering easy access to Prince Edward Island, Shediac and the Bay of Fundy.
It is also home to some rare natural phenomena such as the Tidal Bore and Magnetic Hill.
The Tidal Bore occurs twice daily when the high tidal waters in the Bay of Fundy cause the water in the placid Petitcodiac River to roll back upstream in one wave, which can be up to 60 cm high. The best place to observe the Tidal Bore is in Bore Park, in downtown Moncton.
Visit the Visitor Information Center located beside Bore Park for Bore arrival times and more information.
Please note that it is best to arrive early, as the Tidal Bore can occur 15 to 20 minutes before or after the anticipated time!
This amazing natural phenomenon has been baffling visitors since 1933. Drive your car to the bottom of Magnetic Hill, put your car in neutral and be amazed as your car rolls back uphill, all by itself – Incredible! Even trucks and RVs will roll up the hill, defying the laws of gravity. Magic, magnetism or optical illusion? It's up to you to decide.
Open year-round from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
MAGIC MOUNTAIN WATER PARK
Atlantic Canada’s largest water park offers something for everyone. From kiddy slides to twister body slides and a 1⁄4 acre wave pool, this 8-acre water park is a must for your family vacation. Right next to Magnetic Hill.
Open from late June to Labour Day (1st Monday in September), from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (depending on park zone).
WANT TO SPEND SOME TIME AT THE BEACH?
New Brunswick is home to some magnificent beaches where you may be lucky enough to enjoy a day or an afternoon. Here are three of our favourites:
BAY OF FUNDY
The Bay of Fundy, in Fundy National park, is home to the highest tides in the world. This impressive natural phenomenon has created dramatic coastal landscapes, such as the sensational Hopewell Rocks .
At Hopewell Rocks, at low tide, you can walk on the ocean floor among immense, tree-topped rock formations sculpted by tidal erosion into the shape of flowerpots. It is hard to believe that at high tide, the huge flowerpot rocks are almost completely submerged, becoming tiny islands surrounded by water!
Kayak tours in the Bay of Fundy are a great way to explore its spectacular cliffs, hidden coves and mysterious caves. You can also go whale watching on a fishing boat, a sailboat or a zodiac.
Shediac is a picturesque little fishing village that is recognized the world over as the lobster capital of the world. It is also home to the largest lobster in the world, a 55-ton sculpture next to which visitors like to have their picture taken.
Needless to say, you simply must stop and sample the excellent lobster or seafood! Shediac also boasts beautiful beaches where the water is a balmy 24 degrees.
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
CALACTUS CAFE RESTAURANT ($$)
This popular vegetarian restaurant serves healthy natural food prepared with an emphasis on freshness and natural ingredients. The tastefully presented meals are influenced by world cuisine and include such delights as quesadillas, enchiladas, salads, pizza, sandwiches, cheese melts, lasagna, curries and much more. A delicious and energizing dining experience!
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
OSAKA HIBACHI ($$)
Are you familiar with "Hibachi-style" (teppanyaki) cooking? You are seated around a grill on which the chef prepares your order before your very eyes, with culinary prowess and theatrical flare. It's a real experience to remember! You can also order à la carte sushi and other dishes, but it would be a pity to miss out on the show!
Open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m.
THE BLUE OLIVE ($$)
The Blue Olive offers tasty Mediterranean and North African cuisine at affordable prices, such as hummus, falafel, Shawarma, kebabs, couscous, tajines, grilled chicken and lamb, Mediterranean salads and pita wraps. A real trip for your taste buds! Note: clients go for the food, not the service!
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
LITTLE LOUIS' OYSTER BAR ($$$$)
In an unlikely location on a predominantly industrial street, this restaurant is a real find, so don't be deterred by the unpromising exterior. Oysters are, of course, a highlight here, but there is much more to Chef Pierre Richard's Modern French menu, with complex but perfectly balanced creations based on beef, lamb, and poultry, in addition to seafood. The desserts will to leave you speechless, such as the crème brûlée with a basket of fruit and ice-wine pearls. A first-rate wine list and impeccable service complete the experience.
Open Monday-Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
LOBSTER DECK ($)
Lobster Deck is an unpretentious establishment serving seafood and other typical diner food like seafood lasagna, a Captain's Platter, lobster club sandwiches, hamburgers and French fries. Don't miss their lobster rolls, reputed to be the best in the region!
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the summer season.
*** Hours may vary ***
Shediac Lobster Festival
Dates: early July 2021
Description: This festival certainly lives up to its name: it is a tribute to the famous lobster, held in Shediac, the lobster capital of the world, since 1949. The festival attracts visitors from across the globe, who come to enjoy local lobster and seafood, and to immerse themselves in Maritime culture. Activities include live outdoor entertainment, rides, lobster dinners, a lobster eating contest, a children's parade and more.
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