Not much more than an hour's...
Not much more than an hour's drive south of Moncton is the Bay of Fundy, site of the highest tides in the world. While sitting over dinner in a quay-side restaurant, we watched the tide come in and raise boats which had been sitting on bare wet sand when we drove up and parked.
Art culture in Moncton
Those looking for a good art gallery in Moncton exhibiting works from Acadian and Canadian artists can head over to the Aberdeen Cultural Centre located at the corner of St George and Botsford Streets. This historic building houses 2 or 3 art galleries on the main floor, artist studios and a café (main floor as well). Artistic events of all sorts (concerts, performance art, poetry readings,etc.) are often organized there as well. Take a look at their schedule for a list of current and upcoming exhibits/events:
The Université de Moncton art gallery, la GAUM, located on the university's campus, often exhibits interesting works as well (usually from Acadian artists). The schedule can be checked here (in french):
Moncton, New Brunswick
The greater Moncton area consists of the City of Moncton, the Town of Dieppe, and the Town of Riverview. It is the city with the greatest population in New Brunswick, having surpassed Saint John around 2007-08.
Riverview is more of a "bedroom community" for the other two.
A recent study found that residents of Moncton were the fourth happiest in the country, tied with Kitchener, ON. This study, sponsored by the Canadian Inst. for Advanced Research and released through the Univ. of British Columbia, was based on almost 100,000 responses to StatsCan's Ethnic Diversity Survey of 2002 and the General Social Survey of 2003. The top three were Saint John, NB, Quebec City, QC, and Charlottetown, PEI, in that order.
In May 2007, MoneySense Magazine published its second annual list of Canada's Best Places to Live. It ranked 123 communities with a population greater than 10,000, based on things like weather, real estate values, income levels and unemployment rates to discretionary income, crime rates, and signs of prosperity. Moncton joined Fredericton in being in the top 10 of that list, taking 7th place.
The Moncton Tower....I know, not all that impressive, but you can certainly pick out when you're looking at the skyline of Moncton.
Moncton - HUB city of Les Maritimes!
A small fun city with two vibrant cultures and many natural splendors nearby!
a funky downtown with nice restaurants, bars and a farmers market (also near the regional shopping mall)
The fantastic beach in Shediac is 25 minutes away..
Easy day trips to the two national parks, and the 'Confederation Bridge' which leads to Prince Edward Island and Anne of Green Gables..
Andromedii's new Moncton Page
Have visited twice, Christmas 1999 and 2000. Beware of the very snowy winters! Be prepared to visit Champlain Mall and not much else outside of the regular strip malls and stores. The movie theatres do not regularly have matinees and the social activity is below average, unless you have lived there and have developed a network. It is mainly a city of retirees and driving there can be teeth-grinding.