On the banks of the Petitcodiac River, Moncton, New Brunswick, has a lot to offer – and not just because of the many great local bars, gastro pubs, and fine-dining restaurants in its downtown. For families, Moncton is a wild summertime playground. Splash your heart out at Magic Mountain waterpark, see tigers at the Magnetic Hill Zoo, and while away the afternoon with cool hands-on activities at Resurgo Place, a new science discovery center. In early spring, ask your hotel concierge to help you locate a local sugar shack. If the sap is running, many small operators will open their cabins to the public for servings of maple taffy on snow and delicious pancake breakfasts.
On the Petitcodiac River itself, onlookers can observe a natural phenomenon called a tidal bore where, twice daily, the tidal river water rolls back upstream in a single wave, as high as two feet tall. In the summer, watch local surfers don their wetsuits and attempt to “ride the bore.” A second, marvelous natural wonder is the Hopewell Rocks, just under an hour’s drive from Moncton. Here, you can truly experience the effects of the Bay of Fundy’s tides – the highest in the world – as you walk on the ocean floor, surrounded by red sand cliffs.