Moncton lies at the geographic centre of the Maritime Provinces within the Petitcodiac River Valley. As the railway and land transportation hub for the Maritime Provinces, Moncton is one of the top ten fastest growing metropolitan areas in Canada. It became Canada\'s first officially bilingual city in 2002.
Moncton offers many natural attractions within a one-hour drive of the city, including two National Parks, Fundy National Park and Kouchibouguac National Park. Only 15 minutes away at Parlee Beach in the town of Shediac, visitors can find the warmest salt-water beaches north of Virginia. The Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick\'s signature natural attraction, are a half hour\'s drive down the Petitcodiac river valley. Close to Alma, Cape Enrage is worth a visit with a historic lighthouse, scenic vistas and fossil cliffs. The Sackville Waterfowl Park offers beautiful nature trails, a boardwalk over a freshwater marsh, and waterfowl viewing platforms.
Historically, Moncton’s economy has seen many changes. Moving from shipbuilding in the 19th century to CNR locomotive production until the 1980’s, the city always rebounds, and is now primarily based on transportation, distribution, retailing and commercial businesses. The community has hosted major events such as a Rolling Stones concert in 2005, the Francophonic Summit in 1999, and the Memorial Cup in 2006.
The Capitol Gallery is located in the front lobby of the performing arts centre, and has become an important exhibition...
The Moncton Museum's mission is to collect, conserve, study, exhibit and interpret historic and heritage material of Moncton and the...
Restored to its original 1922 elegance, the Capitol Theatre is one of only eight such historically restored theatres in Canada.
The Clément-Cormier Pavilion of the Université de Moncton houses the Acadian Museum as well as an art gallery.