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Want an escape that perfectly blends urban excitement with outdoor joys? Then make plans to spend some quality time in Moncton. Here you’ll find a casino, fine dining, spas, and shows alongside activities like snowshoeing, skating, and skiing. Be at the centre of all winter action in the Hub City.
When You Arrive
You’ve arrived, you’ve unpacked, and you’re famished. Start your weekend off right with a delicious meal. Stop by Tide & Boar where there’s fresh local fare to choose from and a craft beer selection that’s second to none. Craving some authentic Italian? Head to Gusto Italian Grill & Bar or Baci Italia where wood-fired pizzas and decadent pasta dishes are waiting. Is Indian more your speed? Then Taj Mahal is sure to have a perfect option. Now that you’re full, catch some zzz’s because there’s plenty of fun to come.
Instagram This: Skating at the Ian Fowler Oval
Day One – Rest & Recreation
Morning: Grab a Coffee Downtown
Whatever your preferred morning beverage—coffee, tea, hot chocolate—grab a steaming cup at a local café then sip and shop as you browse Main Street’s many stores. If you’re in town on a Saturday, you can’t go wrong grabbing breakfast or brunch at the Moncton Farmers’ Market. 130 vendors have bakery items, local produce, fresh meat, cheese, and eggs alongside arts and crafts. Combined with the market’s charming atmosphere, it’s a definite must-stop. Just see if you can make it past all the delicious smells!
Afternoon: Spa, Science, or the Sky
Your afternoon is brought to you by the letter S. You just have to choose what experience suits your mood. The USVA Spa Nordik gives you to the option to sauna, hot tub, cold pool, get a massage, or grab a bite at the bistro lounge. Got the kids in tow? Stop by state-of-the-art Resurgo Place to let them explore history, science, and transportation through high-quality exhibitions and hands-on, interactive exhibits. If you’re looking to tire them out completely, Sky Zone Trampoline Park will have the whole family dodging, dunking, laughing, and jumping.
Night: Enjoy Dinner and a Show
It’s been a big day and you’ve worked up an appetite. There’s lots of dinner options available like Les Brumes du Coude where decadent French-inspired cuisine is paired with an intimate atmosphere. Wine aficionados should stop in at Little Louis’ Oyster Bar & Fine Cuisine where the seasonal offerings are carefully paired with exemplary grapes and vintages. Looking for a truly local tasting experience? Head to the Windjammer and choose a dish from their 100-mile tasting menu. If you’re in the mood for a laid-back atmosphere, the Pump House Brewpub has house-brewed craft beer and comfort food.
What pairs well with dinner? A show, of course, and the Capitol Theatre, an 800-seat, restored 1920s-era vaudeville house on Main Street, is the centre for cultural entertainment in the city. With shows spanning from The Wizard of Oz musical to the Atlantic Ballet Theatre’s Amadeus and The Irish Rovers, make sure to see what’s playing while you’re in the town.
Instagram This: Downtown City Lights
Day Two – Go All in on Fun
Morning: Skiing, Skating, Snowshoeing, Oh My!
With trails, parks, and outdoor skating rinks, there’s really no reason to stay inside. Bundle up and go for a walk along the Riverfront Trail or through Irishtown Nature Park. If cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are more your speed, Centennial Park and Mapleton Park are calling your name. And if you can’t resist being on skates, enjoy free outdoor skating at the Ian Fowler Oval.
Afternoon: A Fine Art Afternoon
Best way to warm up from your morning outside is to go gallery hopping. The Aberdeen Culture Centre, the Moncton Gallery and the Université de Moncton’s Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen Art Gallery give you the chance to see great local, national, and international art. If you’re still keen to stay outside, go on a hunt for the many murals scattered through the heart of downtown.
Night – Try Your Hand
From shows to slots, dining to poker, a night at Casino New Brunswick will be one you won’t soon forget. When you’re due for a break, grab a bite at one of the two restaurants or a drink at one of the two bars. If you really want to dial up the relaxation, book a session at the spa and spend some quality you-time.
Instagram This: Riverfront Trail Along the Petitcodiac River
Things Not to Miss in Moncton This Winter:
- HubCap Comedy Festival - See a stellar lineup of more than 20 headline comedians from across Canada. Jan. 29 – Feb. 9
- Flash Festival - Moncton’s newest winter music festival is a brilliant celebration of light, fire and ice with music, lasers, 3D projections and performance arts in downtown Moncton. Feb. 7-8
- Snow Motion Sundays in February - Get in snow motion every Sunday in February from 1 to 4 p.m. with a wide range of free activities in Centennial Park and Mapleton Park.