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About Moncton





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" because of its central location and also because Moncton has historically been the railway and land transportation hub for the Maritimes.

The city proper has a population of 69,074 (2011) and covers 142 km2(55 sq mi). The Moncton CMA has a population of 138,644 (2011) making it the largest CMA in New Brunswick and the second largest CMA in the Maritime Provinces. The CMA includes the neighbouring city of Dieppe and the town of Riverview, as well as adjacent suburban areas in Westmorlandand Albert counties.

Although the Moncton area was originally settled in 1733, Moncton is considered to have been officially founded in 1766 with the arrival ofPennsylvania 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 nearbyFort 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 theCanadian 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 arailway town. At present, the city's economy is stable and diversified, primarily based on its traditional transportation, distribution, retailing, and commercial heritage, but also supplemented by strength in the educational, health care, financial, information technology, and insurance sectors. The strength of the economy has received national recognition and the local unemployment rate is consistently less than the national average.







Moncton lies in southeastern New Brunswick, at the geographic centre of the Maritime Provinces. The city is located along the north bank of the Petitcodiac River at a point where the river bends acutely from a west−east to north−south flow. This geographical feature has contributed significantly to historical names given to the community.

Petitcodiac in the Mi'kmaq language has been translated as meaning "bends like a bow". The early Acadian settlers in the region named their community Le Coude which means "the elbow". Subsequent English immigrants changed the name of the settlement to The Bend of the Petitcodiac (or simply The Bend).

The Petitcodiac river valley at Moncton is broad and relatively flat, bounded by a long ridge to the north (Lutes Mountain) and by the rugged Caledonia Highlands to the south. Moncton lies at the original head of navigation on the river, however a causeway to Riverview (constructed in 1968) resulted in extensive sedimentation of the river channel downstream and rendered the Moncton area of the waterway unnavigable. On April 14, 2010, the causeway gates were opened in an effort to restore the silt-laden river.





Urban parks




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 city's other main parks are Mapleton Park in the city's north end, Irishtown Nature Park (one of the largest urban nature parks in Canada) and St. Anselme Park (located in Dieppe). The numerous neighbourhood parks throughout the metro Moncton area include Bore View Park (which overlooks the Petitcodiac River), and the downtownVictoria Park, which features a bandshell, flower gardens, fountain, and the city's cenotaph. There is an extensive system of hiking and biking trails in Metro Moncton. The Riverfront Trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail system, and various monuments and pavilions can be found along its length.








Moncton's linguistic majority is English, though the city has an active French-speaking Acadian minority population (31.9%). Almost all Monctonians speak English (64.6%) or French (31.9%) as first languages; 1.6% speak both languages as a first language, and 6.9% speak another language.About 46% of the city population is bilingual and understands both English and French; the only other Canadian cities that approach this level of linguistic duality are OttawaSudbury, and Montreal. Moncton became the first officially bilingual city in the country in 2002.

 The adjacent city of Dieppe is about 73%Francophone and has benefited from an ongoing rural depopulation of the Acadian Peninsula and areas in northern and eastern New Brunswick. The town of Riverviewmeanwhile is heavily (95%) Anglophone.

The census metropolitan area (CMA) grew by 9.7% between 2006 and 2011 - the fastest such rate of any metropolitan area in Atlantic Canada. The census metropolitan areahad a population of 138,644 as of the 2011 national census, which makes it the largest metropolitan area in the province of New Brunswick and the second largest in the Maritime Provinces after Halifax. The 2013 estimated CMA population is 144,941. The CMA includes the city of Dieppe (population 23,310), town of Riverview (19,128), Moncton Parish (9,421), Memramcook (4,831), Coverdale Parish (4,401), and Salisbury (2,208).

Historically, the population of the city has been racially homogeneous with almost all residents originating from northwestern Europe. Migration is currently mostly from other areas of New Brunswick (especially the north) as well as Nova Scotia (13%) and Ontario(9%). 62% of new arrivals to the city are Anglophone and 38% are Francophone.




Arts and culture




The Capitol Theatre features live shows such as ballets, theatre, and symphony orchestras.
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 adjacent Empress Theatre offers space for smaller performances and recitals.


Atlantic Canada but also tours nationally and internationally on occasion. Théâtre l'Escaouette is a Francophone live theatre company which has its own auditorium and performance space on Botsford Street. The Anglophone Live Bait Theatre is based in the nearby university town of Sackville. There are several private dance and music academies in the metropolitan area, including the Capitol Theatre's own performing arts school.

The Aberdeen Cultural Centre is a major Acadian cultural cooperative containing multiple studios and galleries. Among other tenants, the Centre houses the Galerie Sans Nom, the principal private art gallery in the city.

The city's two main museums are the Moncton Museum on Mountain Road and the Musée Acadien at Université de Moncton. The Moncton Museum recently reopened following major renovations and an expansion to include the Transportation Discovery Centre. The Discovery Centre includes many hands on exhibits highlighting the city's transportation heritage. The city also has several recognized historical sites. The Free Meeting House was built in 1821 and is a New England-style meeting house located adjacent to the Moncton Museum. The Thomas Williams House, a former home of a city industrialist built in 1883, is now maintained in period style and serves as a genealogical research centre and is also home to several multicultural organizations. The Treitz Haus is located on the riverfront adjacent to Bore View Park and has been dated to 1769 both by architectural style and by dendrochronology. It is the only surviving building from thePennsylvania Dutch era and is the oldest surviving building in the province of New Brunswick.

Moncton is home to the Frye Festival, an annual bilingual literary celebration held in honour of world renowned literary critic and favourite son Northrop Frye. This event attracts noted writers and poets from around the world and takes place in the month of April.

The Atlantic Nationals Automotive Extravaganza, held each July, is the largest annual gathering of classic cars in Canada. Other notable events include The Atlantic Seafood Festival  in August, The HubCap Comedy Festival, and the World Wine Festival, both held in the spring.



Tourism, entertainment and shopping





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.[95] The Magnetic Hill Concert Site, a large outdoor concert facility which holds one or two large concerts every year is located nearby. The Rolling Stones performed there in 2005 in front of 85,000 fans. More recently, The Eagles played there in the summer of 2008 in front of 55,000 fans. BothAC/DC and Bon Jovi played at the hill in 2009, with the crowd for the AC/DC concert exceeding 70,000. The Magnetic Hill Concert Site has developed a reputation for holding the largest concert productions in the entire country. U2 played the final concert of their worldwide U2 360° Tour at Magnetic Hill on July 30, 2011. The Casino New Brunswick, which also encompasses a hotel and 2,000 seat entertainment venue also opened at Magnetic Hill in 2010. The performance space at the Casino New Brunswick has already hosted many top acts on the casino circuit.

At present, the major destinations for shopping enthusiasts in Greater Moncton are the Northwest Centre, and the Wheeler Park Power Centre in Moncton, and Champlain Place in Dieppe, which, at 816,000 square feet (75,800 m2), is the largestshopping mall in Atlantic Canada and has over 160 stores and services. The Crystal Palace Complex is adjacent to Champlain Place and is co-managed by Cadillac Fairview. It includes a Chapters bookstore, multiplex cinema complex and will include a Bass Pro Shop opening in 2015.








Separate Anglophone and Francophone school boards administer greater Moncton's 35 public primary and secondary schools. The Francophone South School Board administers ten schools in the Moncton area. The Anglophone East School Board administers 25 schools in Greater Moncton. There are four Anglophone high schools in the metro Moncton area;Moncton High SchoolHarrison Trimble High SchoolBernice MacNaughton High School, and Riverview High School. The area's Francophone high schools are École Mathieu-Martin and École L'Odyssée.





The Université de Moncton is the only French-language university in New Brunswick.





Four universities have campuses in the greater Moncton region.

Moncton is also home to two campuses of the New Brunswick Community College system.

Moncton also has six private vocational schools that offer practical training in a variety of fields.


In popular culture

Moncton is mentioned several times in the 1961 Twilight Zone episode "The Odyssey of Flight 33", in which the lost aircraft desperately tries to contact Moncton Air Traffic Control, as well as the air traffic control in Gander and Boston.

Moncton is briefly mentioned in the movie "Taking Lives" (2004) starring Angelina Jolie, when the killer boards a train fromMontreal to Moncton.

The title of the "Barenaked Ladies" song "Enid" was inspired by Enid Léger, a waitress at Spanky's Pub (which once occupied the space on Main Street now home to Terra Verde) in Moncton. The band found it interesting that "Enid" spelled backwards is "dine." However, the song is not actually about her.

The title of I Mother Earth's song "Shortcut to Moncton" on the album Scenery and Fish (track 7) was inspired by a highway sign on the Trans-Canada highway that points to the old Fredericton Road that says, "Shortcut to Moncton".

The Trailer Park Boys episodes "Propane, Propane", "Working Man", and "The Microphone Assassin" mention Moncton several times. The "Boys" make a brief pit stop in Moncton in the 2014 Trailer Park Boys road movie Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It.

The Moncton Area Control Centre is mentioned in numerous television documentaries regarding the Swiss Air Flight 111, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on the 2 September 1998, 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from shore, roughly equidistant from the tiny fishing and tourist communities of Peggys Cove and Bayswater, Nova Scotia.





Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moncton

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