Services and Facilities in New Brunswick

Sep 6, 2018

New Brunswick, like Canada’s other provinces, offers a diverse set of services and facilities that make the province its own.

Education

The provincially-funded public education system, Kindergarten to Grade 12, is offered through a dual system of English and French schools. Attendance at New Brunswick public schools is compulsory until the completion of high school or the age of 18. In addition, Early Childhood Services is now part of the Department’s mandate to create a continuum of learning from birth to high school graduation within a robust system with greater policy coherence and to focus on children from birth to age eight.

New Brunswick has a variety of Universities and Colleges for anyone looking to finesse their academic background. The institutions offered in New Brunswick are the following:

Universities:

  • The University of New Brunswick—the oldest English-language university in Canada, and is the province’s largest university.
  • Thomas University—is a small institution in Fredericton whose central liberal arts program is complemented by professional programs in education and social work.
  • Mount Allison University—located in the Town of Sackville, offers undergraduate programs in arts, science, commerce, fine arts and music.
  • Université de Moncton—Canada ‘s largest francophone institution outside of the province of Quebec, has its main campus in the City of Moncton, with satellite campuses in the City of Edmundston and the Town of Shippagan.

Colleges:

  • New Brunswick Community College (NBCC)— provides post-secondary education in English in more than 90 programs. It has six campuses in Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Woodstock, Miramichi and St. Andrews. NBCC  offers everything from academic studies to mechanical engineering, from health care to construction trades to advanced technologies. Most NBCC programs involve 40 to 80 weeks of study, with co-op programs longer in duration.
  • The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB)— is a primarily francophone post-secondary institution that also offers some programs in English. It brings together five campuses located in Bathurst, Campbellton, Dieppe, Edmundston, and the Acadian Peninsula. Each campus provides high quality educational services and training and values the importance of a skilled, well-trained workforce that responds to changing job demands.
  • New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD)— is located in Fredericton and offers educational programs, workshops and learning opportunities in the field of arts and applied arts. First established in 1938, the NBCCD is the only college in Canada that focuses entirely on fine crafts and design.

Culture

Bouctouche’s Le Pays de la Sagouine and the Kings Landing Historical Settlement in Prince William are, respectively, New Brunswick’s two most fascinating living museums to Acadian and Loyalist cultures. New Brunswick’s Mi’kmaq culture, on the other hand, is best preserved at Metepenagiag, the province’s oldest community, with a history dating back more than 3,000 years. Evidence of Metepenagiag’s long history was confirmed after the 1972 discovery of the Augustine Mound.

New Brunswick’s provincial capital, Fredericton, contains a large percentage of architectural gems, especially within the city’s Historic Garrison District overlooking the Saint John River. Fredericton is also home to New Brunswick’s official provincial art museum, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The Symphony New Brunswick orchestra is situated in Saint John, while Moncton’s Atlantic Ballet Theatre is the only professional ballet troupe in any of the Atlantic Canadian provinces. A more informal, yet always entertaining, glimpse into New Brunswick culture can be heard within the lively music played inside the province’s pubs and local homes.

City Life

New Brunswick scales from its natural beauty to the city life. Saint John, New Brunswick, is the only city on the shore of the Bay of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides. Canada’s oldest incorporated city, Saint John is a popular tourist destination known for its historic uptown streetscapes, cultural attractions and natural wonders. Popular sights include the Reversing Rapids, where the Bay collides with the St. John River, the City Market with local vendors and artisans, the New Brunswick Museum and the trails and beauty of Rockwood Park.

New Brunswick’s transportation hub is vibrant Moncton, one of the country’s fastest growing cities and a community steeped in history. Its storied past is brought to life in its many cultural institutions and museums, from the Acadian Museum to Le Centre Culturel Aberdeen. The city’s largest green space, Centennial Park, includes many attractions and activities, from hiking and skiing trails to an artificial beach to an aerial treetop obstacle course and zip line.

Nature and Parks

From peaceful beachside strolls to heart-pounding wilderness adventures, your vacation options are endless in New Brunswick’s Provincial Parks.

Experience the extraordinary force of the highest tides in the world at Fundy National Park and discover spectacular coastline vistas at Kouchibouguac National Park. Not to be missed… a visit to Roosevelt Campobello International Park, the summer vacation home of the American president.

Explore and learn with a variety of interpretive programs, special events and outdoor excursions – the best way to unplug and connect to nature. Planning on camping? Whether you’re staying in a tent, RV, cabin or rustic shelter, you’ll find a wide range of on-site amenities that bring an added level of convenience to your stay, from clean washrooms and kitchen shelters to camping supply stores, playgrounds, activity centres and more.

Festivals

There are many great winter carnivals and summer events to choose from in New Brunswick. Whether you’re sampling some local food and wine at culinary events, sledding at winter carnivals, or singing and dancing along at music festivals, you’ll celebrate with the locals and feel the pulse of our vibrant cultural scene.

Examples of festivals offered are:

  • The Powwow trail that celebrates Aboriginal traditions
  • The Fredericton Frostival, Atlantic Canada’s largest winter celebration that offers skating, curling, live music, workshops and many more.
  • Busker on the Bay Festival that offers a unique street theatre experience
  • Highlands Games Festival that celebrates Scottish culture

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