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Moncton is a Canadian city located in Westmorland County in southeastern New Brunswick. Situated in the Petitcodiac River Valley, Moncton lies at the geographic centre of the Maritime Provinces. The city has earned the nickname “Hub City” due to its central location and history as a railway and land transportation hub for the Maritimes.

Although the Moncton area was originally settled in 1733, Moncton is considered to have been officially founded in 1766 with the arrival of Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants from Philadelphia. Initially an agricultural settlement, Moncton was not incorporated until 1855. The city was named for Lt. Col. Robert Monckton, the British officer who had captured nearby Fort Beauséjour a century earlier.  A significant wooden shipbuilding industry had developed in the community by the mid-1840s, allowing for the civic incorporation in 1855, but the shipbuilding economy collapsed in the 1860s, causing the town to subsequently lose its civic charter in 1862. Moncton regained its charter in 1875 after the community’s economy rebounded, mainly due to a growing railway industry. In 1871, the Intercolonial Railway of Canada had chosen Moncton to be its headquarters, and Moncton remained a railroad town for well over a century until the closure of the Canadian National Railway (CNR) locomotive shops in the late 1980s.  Although the economy of Moncton was traumatized twice—by the collapse of the shipbuilding industry in the 1860s and by the closure of the CNR locomotive shops in the 1980s—the city was able to rebound strongly on both occasions. The city adopted the motto Resurgo after its rebirth as a railway town. At present, the city’s economy is stable and diversified, primarily based on its traditional transportation, distribution, retailing, and commercial heritage, and supplemented by strength in the educational, health care, financial, information technology, and insurance sectors. The strength of Moncton’s economy has received national recognition and the local unemployment rate is consistently less than the national average.

There are many natural attractions near Moncton. Two major national parks, Fundy National Park and Kouchibouguac National Park, are within a one-hour drive of the city.  The most popular park in the area is Centennial Park, which contains an artificial beach, lighted cross country skiing and hiking trails, the city’s largest playground, lawn bowling and tennis facilities, a boating pond, a treetop adventure course, and Rocky Stone Field, a city owned 2,500 seat football stadium with artificial turf, and home to the Moncton Minor Football Association.  The Moncton Coliseum is a 6,554-seat arena which serves as a venue for major concerts and trade shows and is the home of the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Moncton’s Capitol Theatre, an 800-seat restored 1920s-era vaudeville house on Main Street, is the main centre for cultural entertainment for the city.  The theatre hosts a performing arts series and provides a venue for various theatrical performances as well as Symphony New Brunswick and the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada.  The city’s two main museums are the Moncton Museum at Resurgo Place on Mountain Road and the Musée acadien at Université de Moncton.

Magnetic Hill is on the northwestern outskirts of Moncton and is now the city’s most famous attraction. It is a gravity hill optical illusion, where the local topography gives the impression that you are going uphill when in fact you are going downhill.  The “Magnetic Hill Illusion” is a popular tourism draw and both the city and province have built major tourism developments on the surrounding properties to capitalize on this. The complex includes The Magnetic Hill Zoo, a nationally accredited and award winning zoo with over 400 animals displayed in themed exhibit areas. It is the largest zoo in Atlantic Canada, has well-developed and popular educational program, and has recently been ranked as the 4th best zoo in Canada. Also on site is Magic Mountain Water Park, the largest water park in Atlantic Canada, with a half dozen large water slides, a lazy river, wave pool, children’s splash pool, and a 36-hole mini-golf course. The Magnetic Hill Concert Site, a large outdoor concert facility which holds one or two large concerts every year is located nearby.

Community Links

Utilities

Water & Sewer http://www.moncton.ca/residents/water_and_sewer.htm

Hydro – NB Power www.nbpower.com

Gas – Enbridge Gas New Brunswick http://naturalgasnb.com/

Education

Anglophone East School District http://web1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/ASD-E/Pages/default.aspx

Francophone  http://www.gnb.ca/0000/francophone-e.asp

Private Schools

Moncton Christian Academy

Kingswood Academy http://www.kingswoodacademy.ca/

Colleges & Universities

Eastern College  http://www.easterncollege.ca/

Universite de Moncton http://www.umoncton.ca/

Crandall University http://www.crandallu.ca/

University of New Brunswick http://www.unb.ca/

Medical

To find a Family Physician

Patient Connect NB

Phone: 811

Web: www.Gnb.ca/PatientConnectNB

Tele-Care

Phone: 811
Web: www.gnb.ca/0217/tele-care-e.asp

Public Health Unit http://www.vitalitenb.ca/en/points-service/public-health/public-health-offices

Hospitals & Clinics

Moncton Hospital http://en.horizonnb.ca/home/facilities-and-services/facilities/the-moncton-hospital.aspx

Dr. Georges L. Dumont University Hospital Centre http://www.vitalitenb.ca/en/points-service/dr-georges-l-dumont-university-hospital-centre

After Hours and Walk in clinics  http://www.nbms.nb.ca/patient-information/after-hours-clinics-or-walk-in-clinics#Moncton Area

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