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Moncton, New Brunswick

Moncton (2001 population 61,046, metropolitan population 117,727) is one of the eight cities in the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

Moncton is located along the Petitcodiac River[?], which runs to the Bay of Fundy. The city is nicknamed "The Bend" and "The Hub City". The city earned the nickname the Bend because it is located at a large bend in the river. The Hub City reference is because Moncton is and has been a central location for transport within Atlantic Canada.

Moncton has an active French-speaking Acadian population. The city hosted the International Francophone Conference in August of 1999. This was the largest conference ever held in the city with delegates from 54 countries from around the world.

Moncton is serviced by a newly expanded international airport, the Greater Moncton International Airport.

The current mayor of Moncton is Brian Murphy.

Moncton has several major attractions:

  • Champlain Place - The largest single story mall in Canada east of Montreal.
  • Crystal Palace - An indoor amusement park next door to Champlain Place.
  • Magnetic Hill[?] - A hill which appears to pull you up it; also the site of the city's zoo.
  • Magic Mountain - A large water park located next to Magnetic Hill.

Moncton is also home to two universities: Université de Moncton[?], a french language institution, and Atlantic Baptist University a Christian liberal arts and science institution.

Moncton celebrated its 100th year of incorporation in 1991.

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