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History of Moncton, Nova-Scotia

things to do in Moncton

In creating our Moncton Tourist Scavenger Hunt, we dug into the city’s history so as to properly contextualize our tour. It is important for us. At most of the 38 stops along the tour, we explain the history of a site, monument, or person. This allows us to fully show you their significance.

History of Moncton

things to do in MonctonMoncton is in New Brunswick’s southeast along the Petitcodiac River. Being in the center of Canada’s Atlantic provinces, Moncton is often referred to as “the hub” because of its easy access to ports, railway, airport, and highways leading both into the interior of the continent and out across the Atlantic.

It is the most populous city in New Brunswick when you count its metropolitan market, which includes the cities of Dieppe and Riverview.

Its origin goes back to a small Acadian village, before their deportation in 1755 to Louisiana. The village remained empty until 1766 when 8 families arrived to cultivate the region. The city bears the name of Lieutenant-Colonel Monckton who led the capture of Fort Beauséjour in 1755.

It was incorporated as a village in 1855 but lost that status in 1862 when shipbuilding techniques changed for steam rather than sailing and moved elsewhere. It became a village again in 1875, and then a city in 1890.

Scavenger Hunt

Our scavenger hunt is a self-guided walking tour of the see you can do on your smartphone. Over 2 hours, it’ll take you to all the significant sites, teach you some history, and challenge you with puzzles and various questions.

Find out more about our Moncton Tourist Scavenger Hunt on the info page.

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Things to do in Moncton, New Brunswick

things to do in Moncton

Are you looking for things to do in Moncton, New Brunswick? This Scavenger Hunt takes you on a self-guided walking tour, with challenges through the heart of the city.

See all the sights while having fun and learning some history! You will walk from the Moncton Public Library to Riverfront Park, to the Aberdeen Centre by way of the Moncton Events Center. All the while, you’ll take numerous side trips to discover more sites while taking on various challenges. Our Moncton Tourist Scavenger Hunt was developed and tested in August 2018.

You will start your adventure in front of the Marriott Beauséjour. Follow the instructions on your smartphone to solve challenges and get instructions to your next destination. The challenges are varied in difficulty and types to keep you entertained. They’re good for all ages.

You should plan a good 3 hours for this activity, wear comfortable shoes and be certain your phone is fully charged. As well, you’ll need a data plan as WiFi will not be enough. Further, a street map and bottled water could come in handy.

Things to do in Moncton? See the sites!

things to do in MonctonOver your 3-hour adventure through the city, you will see:

  • Bore View Park
  • Riverfront Park
  • Resurgo Place
  • Capitol Theatre
  • City Hall
  • Municipal Court
  • Moncton Market
  • Parc des arts du Sommet
  • Moncton Events Center
  • Théâtre l’Escaouette
  • Aberdeen Centre
  • And more

Scavenger Hunt

Our scavenger hunt is a self-guided walking tour of the see you can do on your smartphone. Over 3 hours, it’ll take you to all the significant sites, teach you some history, and challenge you with puzzles and various questions. You’ll never walk more than 5 minutes between stops. Take as long, or as little, as you wish as you’re in control of your page on this adventure. Above all, we hope you have fun!

Learn more about the Moncton Tourist Scavenger Hunt on our description page.