Moncton is a city in New Brunswick, Canada. It lies at the center of Canada’s Maritime Provinces, a position that has led to Moncton sometimes being called the “Hub City”. The city’s population is almost 70,000, with nearly 140,000 in the greater metropolitan area. Expats living in Moncton will find a low rise city with a pleasing variety of architectural styles and neighborhoods. There are plenty of open spaces in the city, the most popular being Centennial Park, which contains an artificial beach and a host of attractions. An unusual attraction is the Magnetic Hill Optical Illusion, where a quirk of local topography means that cars appear to roll uphill when left in neutral. The online expat community at InterNations is a great place for expatriates in Moncton to connect with one another and find out more about the city from other global minds in the area.
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Moncton was once a major railway town and still has passenger rail connections to Halifax and Montreal. The Greater Moncton International Airport has a wealth of connections to major Canadian cities along with a choice of international destinations. Moncton also lies on Route 2 of the Trans-Canada Highway, connecting Nova Scotia in the east and Quebec to the west. Any expatriate moving to Moncton will find a surprisingly active cultural life for such a small city, with the Capitol Theatre hosting various performing arts groups including Symphony New Brunswick and the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. The city can also boast the Aberdeen Cultural Centre and two museums; the Moncton Museum and the Musee Acadien at Universite de Moncton. Expats living in Moncton can join this thriving community by accessing the discussion boards and forums at InterNations, where they can network and socialize with other global minds and make new professional and personal connections.
A majority of Moncton’s economy is based on its position as a center for transportation and distribution. More recently, it has developed as an important commercial and retailing center for New Brunswick. Insurance, IT, education and health are similarly all major employers, with the two hospitals in the city employing more than 5,000 people. As a result, Moncton has a strong and diverse economy with a historically low unemployment rate and has even been named as the “Best City of Business in Canada” by the Canadian Business Magazine. To keep abreast of developments in the local economy, expatriates working in Moncton should sign up on the InterNations platform, where they can exchange information and ideas with other internationally focused individuals. And our Expat Magazine, meanwhile, has many informative articles on expatriate life in general.