Moncton is known as "Hub City." Located in southeastern New Brunswick, the city has historically been a transportation hub because of its position at the geographic centre of the Maritimes. Home to about 70,000 people, Moncton was first settled in the early 18th century but expanded with the arrival of Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants. The area began as an agricultural settlement, later developing a shipbuilding industry. Today, Moncton has a diverse economy with transportation, distribution, retail, education, health and financial sectors. The local unemployment rate ranks well below the national average.
Situated on the Petitcodiac River, Moncton is home to one of North America's few tidal bores a regular wave that travels up the river due to the extreme tides of the Bay of Fundy. The city also includes Magnetic Hill, a famous optical illusion where a downhill slope appears to the eye to be uphill.
With the Magic Mountain Water Park, a restored 1920s vaudeville house and Centennial Park's artificial beach, trails, lawn bowling, tennis facilities, and treetop adventure course, Moncton offers fun for the whole family.