Published January 2017
If you’re looking to fill a long weekend this winter - or even a week (ahem, March Break) - set your sights on the twin cities of Moncton and Dieppe.
Located at the crossroads of the Acadian & Fundy regions, New Brunswick’s largest urban centre is a vibrant study in contrasts with plenty of ways to ward off the winter blues. From trampolines to haute cuisine, here’s how to turn up your winter with 36 hours in the Hub City.
Day 1: Get Acquainted
Afternoon: Downtown Moncton + Bore View Park
Head to Moncton’s Main Street where redbrick buildings house an ever-growing menagerie of cafés, galleries, restaurants, and brewpubs. Explore downtown from there, ending at Tidal Bore Park on the Petitcodiac River where you can view the geologic phenomenon caused by the massive Bay of Fundy tides.
Evening: Dieppe Activities + Dining
Big grins await in Dieppe, just a short drive away. Enjoy amped-up play for all ages at the Sky Zone Trampoline Park, or delight your children with waterslides and a pirate ship at the Aquatic Centre. For dinner, hit up Bistro 33 or Blue Olive for a local twist on world cuisine.
Day 2: Indoor & Outdoor Fun
Morning: Moncton or Dieppe Farmers Market
You’ve got a big day ahead of you - time to fuel up. The Saturday morning markets in Moncton and Dieppe are a lively mixture of culture, cuisine, and homemade goodies. Head here and you’re guaranteed a great meal with friendly conversation.
Afternoon: Resurgo Place + Centennial Park
Moncton’s roots as a transportation hub are on display at Resurgo Place. Enjoy hands-on fun at the Transportation Discovery Centre and a peek into history at the Moncton Museum. From there, head to popular Centennial Park for a trek through snow-covered trails. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available on-site.
Evening: Dinner + A Show
Moncton’s restaurant scene is one of the best in Atlantic Canada, utilizing its proximity to fresh seafood and the local Acadian culture to outstanding advantage. It’s time to treat yourself to dinner and a night out. Kid-friendly and adults-only entertainment shown nightly at Capitol Theatre, Casino New Brunswick, Théâtre l’Escaouette, and McSweeney’s Dinner Theatre.
Day 3: Magnetic Entertainment
Morning: Sunday Brunch
Afternoon: Magnetic Hill
No trip to Moncton is complete without a stop at Magnetic Hill. Is it magnetic or magic? Ponder the illusion while you get to see animals in their winter habitat at adjacent Magnetic Hill Zoo, open Sundays in March.
Check out Moncton lodging options for a weekend getaway or March Break vacation.