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Maritime enjoyments in Moncton

Although it's not exactly on the sea, Moncton has all the vestiges of an old port town. The Petitcodiac River, wiggling its way through the center, once housed old shipbuilding berths. And it's just a quick hop from here to the fishing villages of the Bay of Fundy, the colorful lighthouses along the Acadian Coast, and the wide, sandy beaches of Prince Edward Island. These days, Moncton buzzes with a newfound life of its own, too. It's drawn not from timber naval vessels but from local charms: Creole farmers' markets, pretty city parks, creative gastronomy, and Moncton vacation rentals that ooze maritime charms.

Explore Acadian culture in Moncton

Moncton is one of the top places in Canada to come and explore the unique traditions of Acadian culture. The town has regular summertime farmer's markets where Acadian fricot pies mingle with tasty New Brunswick seafood plates. It also hosts the yearly Frye Festival in April, which honors the bilingual literary traditions of the region. Apart from that, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking and kayaking along the tidal flats of the Bay of Fundy to the south, not to mention beachcombing on the dunes and coves of the Acadian Coast.

Moncton's got parks, zoos, and public spaces

Stop by the Capitol Theatre in the heart of downtown Moncton to see where the vaudevillians of old would once have entertained the people of New Brunswick. Then, head off to the recreational lawns of Centennial Park to spy out rusting airplane fuselages and other curious local monuments, or the Magnetic Hill Zoo with its prowling tigers and wide-eyed ostriches. Tidal Bore Park is also well worth a visit, especially when the curious river wave can be watched rolling by. And if you're looking for Moncton vacation rentals close to the beach, consider heading for Parlee or beautiful Plage Aboiteau.

Moncton is made beautiful by the sun

Thanks to the fringing of sandy beaches and wave-buffeted cliffs that exists on the Acadian Coast to the west, and the coastal treats of the Bay of Fundy to the south, it's hardly a surprise that most travelers look to book their Moncton vacation rentals in the summer. And while it's true that coming between June and August will mean contending with the biggest crowds, it also makes for long, warm, dry days for wandering the city parks and exploring the Francophone farmers' markets.

Moncton is the gateway to the southern Maritime

Even though you'll need to drive a little to hit the coast outside of Moncton, you can rest assured that beautiful stretches of Canadian sand and sea are never too far away in these parts. Start by heading west to the Acadian Coast, which has gems like Murray Beach and the Parlee Beach Provincial Park – think blustery dunes and creaking boardwalks. Then, be sure to go south to the Fundy National Park. It's not just about ebbing and flowing tides there, but also virgin Atlantic forest, salmon-packed rivers, fir woods, and roaming black bear.