The Maritime Provinces of Canada are known for a lot more than the waters that they are surrounded by, but it is these waters that has kept many, smaller towns from being closed down due to inactivity in the fishing industry. The Maritime provinces were once the leaders in lumber, fish and lobster, but prices and new guidelines have changed the face of the Maritimes.
What was once known as the fishing capital of the world has now become more of a tourism-driven economy. The majority of boat owners converted their fishing boats into whale watching tour boats, in order to keep afloat of troubled financial times in the fishing sectors. Now, the Maritimes are more known for camping, deep sea fishing and whale watching.
Moncton, New Brunswick has been blessed by having an abundance of natural wonders within a very short drive’s distance, and these wonders have been utilized to form a major tourism-driven economy within the boundaries of what was once known as a railroad town. Moncton is a short drive from the seafood capital of the Maritimes, Chatham, on the warm waters of the Northumberland Straight, as well as the frigid cold waters of the Bay of Fundy, and is one of the more popular in-land destinations for tourists visiting the Maritime provinces.
Among the jewels around Moncton are the Hopewell Rocks, one of the major wonders of the world, which have been formed over the centuries by the highest tides in the world in the Bay of Fundy. The Hopewell Rocks were formed by the current of the tidal bore created by the ocean waters being pushed up the Petitcodiac river, eroding the softer rocks that form the main attraction.
Not more than a half of an hour’s drive south of Moncton, New Brunswick, the Hopewell Rocks have become one of the more visited natural attractions in the Canadian Maritimes, and is located within a short drive of Magnetic Hill. Magnetic Hill is an optical illusion, and is Moncton’s most infamous tourist attraction. Situated on the outskirts of Moncton, when driving slowly up the hill, it appears that you have to accelerate just to keep still, or in other words, to avoid rolling backwards.
While in Moncton, tourists are enthralled by watching the tidal bores rush up the Petitcodiac (or, “little codiac”) river. As the tides rise in the Bay of Fundy, the waters rush up the rivers that flow into the Bay. As the water hits peak tide times, it appears that the river is flowing backwards, and can cause quite the upset stomach when watched for too long. Kayakers have been known to challenge the waters, but it is extremely discouraged, due to the thick mud that lines the river’s bed. It is this thick mud that gives the water the “chocolate-brown” color that it is infamous for. There are plaques along the trails that follow the river, and along bridges that cross it stating the times of the tidal bores. The times are also found in local newspapers.
There are many things to do and see in Moncton, New Brunswick. If you have a car and the time, there is an endless array of things to do that are within a couple of hour’s drive from the city. And, if you find yourself in Moncton, but with no car, there is nothing to worry about, as the city is well laid out, and the city’s transportation system is second to none. If you do get lost, just ask someone around you and you may just find out why Monctonians are known as one of the friendliest peoples on the planet.