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    Overall Article

    by Allainb Written Jul 21, 2013

    Ok guys this is going to be a long one but I do think it is worth reading especially if you are not from the area.

    Things to do :

    If you are visiting during summer :

    Parlee Beach is a beautiful mile long beach that is about 20 min from the city, very well kept and includes all facilities. Cost is 11$ for a car's parking and is good for the day. Beach is sandy and water is clear and Warm (warmest north of virginia). And it gets deep at a very light incline so you have to walk in the water about almost a quarter mile before you can actully swim. Which is nice if you have little children that wants to play in. It can get pretty busy on weekend, several hundred people, however it is a large beach. Note that dogs are not allowed on the beach. Thongs are not common but are allowed therefor if you want to wear one feel free to do so.

    Hopewell Rocks are located about a 45 min drive from Moncton going towards Fundy National Park, they are rocks created by the water and are Several feet high (80-100feet) the tide go up and down twice a day and you can walk on the ocean floor when it is low tide. Don't venture too far from the stairwell however because when water starts to rise it rises FAST.

    Downtown: There are Restaurant and Pubs downtown which offers terrace and outdoor sitting, people are friendly and it should make for a nice little stop.

    There is a New Casino at the north end of the city corner of the Trans-Canada (HWY2) and mountain Rd, you can't miss it it is a big building, it is a very nice facility with about 700 slot machines, poker room Hotel, Convention Center and Concert Location. Their hotel is among the nicest of the city and most rooms are below 200$ per night. Include fitness center, Indoor pool and Whirlpool.

    Almost across from the Casino is Magnetic Hill, an attraction that make you drive down a road stop at the bottom of the hill, and put your car in neutral, and guess what, it climb the hill by itself!!!! It is an optical illusion but still pretty cool.

    Also in the Magnetic Hill complex is the Moncton Zoo and Magic Mountain, maritimes largest water park with a Wave pool, laze river and several Water Slides.

    If you like shopping there are several places to go, Champlain Mall, a local favorite is a large shopping center located in Dieppe and it includes all kind of store including high-end store like Sephora, Pandora, Swarovski, Coach, Jack & Jones. But also regular store as Sears, Wal-Mart, ToysRus Bikini Village etc.

    There is also a power center located in North-Moncton on Mapleton Dr and Trinity Dr, stores there includes, Costco, Staples, Pier 31, Golf Town, Moxies, Kent, Bouclair Home, Future Shop, Winners, Michaels, Paderno, Etc.

    Is it best to use your car in the city as the public transit is well, so so , if you have to take a taxi, all Moncton based taxi are required to show a sticker on the car with the Moncton logo and the registration number. Also ALL taxi's license plate registered in NB starts with letter H.

    Riverview is just south of Moncton across the river, really nice little town with little shops and a nice waterfront walking trail. The town is usually very well maintain, so it might be worth to stop in.

    Dieppe, east of Moncton is about 90% french, however almost all are bilingual and you should not have any problem speaking english. it is the largest Acadian town in NB and is mostly Residential except the commercial district around the shopping Center and the Industrial Park closer to the International Airport.

    Moncton have beautiful golfcourse for those who would like a little tee off, 2 of which are PGA Approved, Royal Oaks in Moncton and Fox Creek golf club in dieppe. Both will run you a little over 100$ for an 18 hole. Note that other courses in the area can be found for cheaper.

    IMPORTANT : If you do come in the winter

    The winter month of January, February and March can be REALLY COLD and reach temperature of -32 degree celcius (0F) with the wind. Be sure to bring really warm clothes and a good coat if you plan coming around those times. Also make sure to have winter tires as you will most likely encounter snow

    Hope this helped.

    Happy Visit

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    Magnetic Hill Concert Site

    by easterntrekker Written Sep 16, 2008

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    We usually take in a big concert every year at Magnetic Hill .
    Originally built in 1984 for Pope John Paul II to hold a papal mass during his tour of Canada, the site was redesigned in the 1990s as a concert venue. On September 3, 2005 The Rolling Stones performed at the venue, with up to 85,000 fans attending, making it the largest music event ever in Atlantic Canada. It is one of the largest music venues in Canada.

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    Eagles Concert Magnetic Hill

    by easterntrekker Written Sep 16, 2008

    Every year there is a big outdoor concert on Magnetic Hill , in Moncton . It has been gaining a reputation for bringing in some big name shows . We went to see the Rolling Stones a couple of years ago and this year we went to see The Eagles . It was a great show and really well organized . They are very good at handling crowds of up to 80,000 fans. There are concession stands , a separate " drinking " area and tons of washroom facilities.

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    On a Saturday morning: Head to the farmers' market

    by Spartina Written May 13, 2007

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    If you're wondering where to buy fresh bread, pastries, good cheese, vegetables and imported foods (or even local crafts), head to Moncton's farmers' markets. There are 2 of them that are worth the detour, both open on Saturday morning roughly between 7:30 am and noon: the oldest and most central one (one block down from Main St towards the river, between Robinson and Lutz St) is housed in a colourful building and is a popular socializing spot on Saturday mornings (often jam packed as a result!) whose atmosphere is usually livened up by musicians. You'll mostly find a lot of ready-to-eat-on-the-spot foods, coffee, pastries, crafts and a small selection of vegetables/fruits and meat.

    The Dieppe market (corner of Amirault and Gauvin Streets in Dieppe) is also a great bussling spot on Saturday mornings. This market located in the predominantly french speaking town of Dieppe is popular with Acadians and great if you're looking to do some real grocery shopping. There is an awesome cheese counter which sells cheeses from NB, Quebec and France among other places - not to be missed if you're a cheese lover. They also have a selection of fine foods such as paté de fois gras, duck and lamb meats. You'll also find a large selection of pastries, some imported foods from the middle-east, fresh fish, meats (including rabbit) and some vegetables and fruits. There is a pleasant coffee area upstairs with 2 coffee shops that both sell very good espresso (head to the one at the back to practice your spanish with the owner who is peruvian).

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    Hopewell Rocks

    by trek06 Updated Sep 11, 2005

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    The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world at 52 feet. The Bay of fundy National park and the Hopewell Rocks is an excellent place to view the tides. Just make sure your watch is working as when the tide starts rolling in make sure your at a safe location. At hopewell rocks they have parks people on the beach blowing whistles when it's time to climb the stairs.

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    Capitol Theatre

    by Canuck5 Written Jul 17, 2005

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    Capitol Theatre, Moncton, NB

    The first theatre built on the land that the Capitol Theatre now sits, was called the Davidson Theatre, built in 1908-09. It was later re-named the Empress.

    In 1922, a cinema called the "Capitol ", was built alongside the Empress, but live touring performances began on stage in 1923.

    As was common in that era, a fire destroyed the Empress 3 years later, and damaged the roof and stage of the Capitol. They were both rebuilt in only 6 months. However, the last live show played at the Capitol in 1958.

    The Empress stopped showing films in the 60's, and the Capitol stopped in 1990. It then became a nightclub, then a teen club, then became a storage facility.

    As part of a project of urban renewal and revitalization, restoration of the Capitol began in 1992, and in 1993, it reopened with 'the Nutcracker'.

    The interior has been beautifully restored
    You might wish to stop by and check what's playing....music, comedy, a play, etc.

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    Take a Hike

    by SHOCKZ Written Sep 1, 2004
    behind that rock looks like a good spot

    It's a little bit of a drive away (approximentaly an hour) but it's well worth the drive if you're an avid hiker. Go visit the Bay of Fundy national park. It provides great hiking trails for hikers of all skill levels. Plenty of little rivers and ravines to tickle your fancy. Beautiful scenery and if you go during the right time of day then you may even catch the high tide. Also for those couples out there, there are many secluded areas where you can hike off the main path if you feel like having a quicky. I would not recommend that you go during the winter months, and not just because it'll be too cold to have that quicky but the people working for this park do not like to shovel the dirt parking lots connected to their trails, me and my girlfriend were stranded in a parking lot in the middle of winter for a good 3 hours.

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    Take a Hike

    by SHOCKZ Written Sep 1, 2004
    take a hike to the cool looking rocks

    It's a little bit of a drive away (approximentaly an hour) but it's well worth the drive if you're an avid hiker. Go visit the Bay of Fundy national park. It provides great hiking trails for hikers of all skill levels. Plenty of little rivers and ravines to tickle your fancy. Beautiful scenery and if you go during the right time of day then you may even catch the high tide. Also for those couples out there, there are many secluded areas where you can hike off the main path if you feel like having a quicky. I would not recommend that you go during the winter months, and not just because it'll be too cold to have that quicky but the people working for this park do not like to shovel the dirt parking lots connected to their trails, me and my girlfriend were stranded in a parking lot in the middle of winter for a good 3 hours.

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    Eddy (Simonneeddy) sent me...

    by Geoff_Wright Updated Apr 27, 2004

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    Eddie (Simonneeddy sent me this photo that he took of two watchtowers at Shediac. But on closer observation neither appear to be the one I picture above. So, I still wonder if it is on he beach, or has it been moved? Anyway, thanks Eddy, for the update.

    Simmonneeddy's Moncton page is worthy of a visit, if you happen to be on this page, so just cick this link and explore this location in great detail:

    Simonneeddy's Moncton Page

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    Not sure where this is

    by Geoff_Wright Updated Apr 27, 2004

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    Just editing this page following the demise of HTML on VT, and I can't find the details of this view. I've already lost one picture of the Beach Tower, and found my floppy disc is now corrupted! More scanning required now, haha.

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    The New Brunswick scene

    by Geoff_Wright Updated Apr 27, 2004

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    The New Brunswick scene offers natural phenomena found nowhere else in the world. Probably the most intriguing is the famed Magnetic Hill, near Moncton, where to your disbelieving eyes, your car appears to coast upthill!.

    Magnetic Hill perplexes and entertains thousands of visitors, but I don't expect you will see these now 'classic' cars there now The notice in the picture reads:

    'Magnetic Hill. To appreciate this phenomenon proceed to spot indicated by white post, turn off motor, release brakes'.

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    Acadian Museum

    by sbrookes Updated Oct 30, 2002

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    The Acadians that are found in Louisiana where once French residents of this area. The entire French colonies were deported by the Loyalist of the Crown of England to different locations about the world only to return. The University of Moncton has a museum that will take about one hour to visit.

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    A definate trip to the...

    by LeighAnne Written Feb 25, 2003

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    A definate trip to the Hopewell Rocks is worth the trip. These rocks are formed from the ocean and look like huge flower pots. You can walk down and stroll the beach but when the tide starts to come in leave quickly. This area is one of the largest tides and fastest tides in the world. You are touring and walking on the ocean floor at all times and you can also tour the caves.
    Its so very pituresque and the sea salt air with the breeze makes it worthwhile on a very hot day.

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    If you get a chance, stop in...

    by ShanMonster Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    If you get a chance, stop in Sussex. It's a crappy little town, but it does have a couple of things worth looking at. One of them is a little tourist trap called Animal Land. There really isn't a whole lot there, but it is a very pleasant place to stop, especially if you're cycling.
    Animal Land is home to all sorts of life-sized and larger-than-life-sized statues of animals and animal charicatures. There is a little cafeteria, shaded walking paths, and a pond full of enormous, sedentary bullfrogs. The frogs are very calm, and the big ones will let you pick them up. Make sure your hands are wet first, though. Their skin is delicate and you don't want to injure them with dry hands.

    At the time of my visit, there was also a nice big trampoline which was lots of fun to bounce on. You'll have to clear off the pine needles and stuff first, though. It's right under a bunch of trees.

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    If you're going to go shopping...

    by ShanMonster Written Aug 26, 2002

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    If you're going to go shopping in Moncton, Champlain Mall is the biggest shopping centre in the province. I'm not a mall person, but if you are, you really should check it out. It's enormous. Canadians seem to like shopping malls in a really big way.

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