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Known as Atlantic Canada’s Entertainment capital, Moncton is close to many of New Brunswick’s most popular attractions, along with tons of shopping and dining options in the city itself. You can immerse yourself in Acadian culture with food, music, dancing and history!
Open seasonally from mid-May to mid-October, the Hopewell Rocks are located along the coast of the Bay of Fundy, which is home to the world's highest tides. Over time, the tides have carved the cliffs on the Bay of Fundy into unique formations that you can explore during low tide. Locals have given these formations names like Lover’s Arch and Dinosaur Rock, but feel free to use your imagination and give them new names based on what you see! The park also has an educational interpretive centre, a restaurant and gift shop and even the option for a guided kayak trip to get an even better look at this unique natural wonder.
A trip to the Maritimes wouldn’t be complete without learning about (and experiencing) Acadian culture! Did you know – due to The Acadian Expulsion in the 1700s, more than 14,000 people were forced from their homes and scattered across the east coast, which is why you can find so many similarities between Acadian culture in Canada and Cajun culture in Louisiana!
If you’re looking to experience Acadia first hand, look no further than Le Pays de la Sagouine, a theatrical village about 40 minutes from Moncton. All the characters, and the attraction itself, are inspired by Acadian writer Antonine Maillet who has written many novels and plays with international accolades. Learn how to make Acadian food yourself at Mathilda’s Kitchen, and then if you’re still hungry, have lunch at La Paneterie and try a lobster roll or fricot (Acadian stew) and make sure to get Poutine à trou (apple pastry) for dessert!
One of the Moncton-area's most popular attractions, Magnetic Hill has also been named to the Canadian Register of Historic Places. Due to some optical illusions and magic (or the grade of surrounding terrain, if you want to get scientific) you can put your car in neutral and feel like you’re somehow rolling uphill! The area also features the Magnetic Hill Zoo, unique shopping and dining experiences as well as the Magentic Hill winery nearby.
If you’ve never been to a Nordic Spa, now is your chance! This year-round outdoor spa adheres to the Nordic ritual of thermal cycles, alternating between hot saunas, cold pools and rest periods for deep relaxation. They also offer massage therapy services as well as a bistro offering seasonal food and many drink options for all tastes. If you want to visit with kids, keep an eye out for their Family Mornings on the first Sunday of every month, from 10am – 1 p.m..
Written by Andrea Zakaib