As the largest city in New Brunswick, Moncton is a great place from which to explore the province or see the best spots in Nova Scotia. It’s the kind of place that is great for a little getaway, with a ton of the best Moncton things to do in and around the city limits.
This makes Moncton a great place to settle down and explore the wider region, including the Bay of Fundy.
Now, Moncton may not have the appeal of other Canadian cities like Toronto or Vancouver, but it certainly has its own vibe and history that make it a great place to stop on your route.
Whether it’s a day, a weekend or longer, I’m sure you will find tons of places that you will love.
We spent a few days in and around Moncton and decided to anchor in town. This meant we could go out by car and explore as many of the beauty spots, but also get back to town and enjoy the restaurants and some cocktail spots before calling in for the night.
It was the best of both worlds!
To help you figure out the best things to do in Moncton, I’ve picked a few of our favorite spots not to be missed. Have the best time in and around New Brunswick.
1.) Moncton Street Art
Okay, the first thing we noticed when we arrived in Moncton was the street art!
With world famous artists and locals producing incredible art, the city of Moncton has really embraced the street art scene and it’s amazing. We couldn’t resist walking around town and finding our favorites.
One of my favorites was “Blue Jay” by the French artist Etien. Located on the edge of Archibald Street, it’s totally huge and hard to miss!
If you’re not sure where the art is, take a self-guided walking tour of the street art. It’s easy, especially if you follow the points on this map. It’s easily one of the best things to do in Moncton, and you actually end up covering a lot of ground.
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2.) Hopewell Rocks
Hopewell Rocks is probably one of the most famous spots in New Brunswick. Easy to get to, Moncton is a trip you must take!
About a 30-minute drive from town, the Hopewell Rocks are huge rock towers carved by the water in the Bay of Fundy. As you can see, this area has the highest tidal range in the world and it is actually quite impressive to see.
At low tide, you can meander through the rocks and see their colossal size. We loved that, I swear we spent a couple of hours down here!
Afterward, venture out on some of the trails that wind through the park or go kayaking (like we did). It was so amazing to see Hopewell Rocks and paddle around the cliffs. We booked ours at Baymount Adventures and were absolutely thrilled.
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3.) Elbow Nebula
One of the things we loved most about Moncton was the food.
I totally love staying in a place that has tons of restaurants and bars to relax in after a busy day. Moncton is that place.
When you arrive, be sure to book a table at Les Brumes du Coude, whose French-inspired menu is absolutely delicious. Their scallops and seared salmon was everything and more!
4.) Parlee Beach and Shediac
Parlee Beach Provincial Park is about a 15-minute drive from the town center and is one of the best things to do in Moncton for a getaway to the coast.
With breathtaking White-sand Parlee Beach Provincial Park has a variety of facilities, including picnic areas, campgrounds, restaurants, and fish parlors for all day exploring.
Once you’re here, make sure you spot the giant lobster that lines your route to Parlee Beach. It’s totally cheesy and the biggest lobster in the world!
We set off with Justin (from NB Explorer) who helped us get fresh New Brunswick lobster that we had devoured for lunch. It was the best picnic ever!
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Bouctouche is a traditional Acadian fishing community that is perfect to visit and one of the best things to do in Moncton which is only 30 minutes from town.
Once you get here, be sure to explore the Bouctouche Dune to find your way across the boardwalk and then down to the stunning beaches. It’s incredible.
Are you hungry? Head to La Sagouine for their delicious lobster. It’s a cozy and informal little restaurant that is totally nice. Their delicious seafood soup is filled to the brim with the most delicious scallops from the region.
6.) Cape Enrage
Less than an hour from Moncton, Cape Enrage is really easy to visit once you’ve been to Hopewell Rocks.
With a variety of hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking, this is the perfect spot for those looking to have a more active day. Oh, and hers Zipline is amazing.
If you fancy a lazy day, take in the views from the Cape Enrage lighthouse while enjoying a snack. It’s breathtaking.
7.) Centennial Park and Jones Lake
Centennial Park is a 94-acre park that allows you to explore pristine forest trails without leaving Moncton.
The park has it all, including the Treego Moncton, which is made up of zip lines and tree tops that are so much fun.
If you’re looking for quieter trails, try the trails around Johnathan Creek. To fill up after a few hours in the park, get a pizza from the Pomodori Pizzeria – their wood-fired pizza is so tasty and they make their own ice cream too!
8.) Little Louis
Food is always a big deal when visiting new cities – and Moncton was no different.
Go over to Little Louis, another place we gathered! The gourmet menus are seasonal and a work of art. I swear we had 5 courses each.
Just be sure to save some space for pudding, they have a pile of homemade goodies too good to miss. We were crammed.
9.) Irishtown Nature Park
Irishtown Nature Park is one of the easiest large parks to visit from town (about a 10-minute drive away) and is well worth a look for the hiking trails.
If you enjoy running, hiking, taking a long walk, or just looking for some peace and quiet this is the place for you. It is a beautiful natural area with many hiking trails that are so beautiful in the summer months.
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