While CN employed as many as 6000 workers at its peak, this number has dropped significantly since the closing of its repair shops in 1986 and their demolition in 1988. The remaining 200 jobs or so are mainly administrative, clerical and technical at the Hump Yard on the western margin of the city. Illustrative of a shift towards a post-industrial economy, the vast CN lands have been decontaminated and redeveloped to include a technological park and sports facilities such as playing fields and an arena complex. The regional economic base is diversifying, partly due to the presence of post-secondary institutions and technical schools.
The Capitol Theatre, restored to its 1922 elegance, is the venue for regular performances from Theatre New Brunswick, Symphony New Brunswick and Théâtre populaire d'Acadie. Other cultural venues include the Aberdeen Cultural Centre, and the facilities of Théâtre L'Escaouette. The Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada is a professional touring company based in Moncton.
The city hosts a number of festivals including Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (with neighbouring Dieppe), FrancoFête en Acadie (for the arts) and the Northrop FRYE International Literary Festival.
The Acadian Museum has a collection of artifacts dating back to 1604 including a book written by Samuel de CHAMPLAIN. The Moncton Museum traces the history of Moncton back to when the site was the western end of a Mi'kmaq portage with Northumberland Strait. Buildings of historic importance include the Free Meeting House (1821) and Thomas Williams House (1883).
Other sites of interest in Moncton include Magnetic Hill, where cars appear to coast uphill, and the tidal bore, a small wave that travels upstream twice daily on the Petitcodiac River, heralding the arrival of the Bay of FUNDY tides, the highest in the world.
Moncton has been home to 4 premiers of New Brunswick: Bernard LORD (1999-present), Allison DYSART (1935-40), James MURRAY (1917) and Clifford ROBINSON (1907-08). Other noteable Monctonians include lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick Gilbert FINN, judge Ivan RAND and photographer Raymonde APRIL.
Author SHEVA MEDJUCK Rev: GUY VINCENT
Links to Other Sites
Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce
The website for the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce. A great source for news about the local business community, municipal services, and community events.
The website for the Frye Festival held each year in Moncton, New Brunswick. Includes a brief biography of Northrop Frye.
Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada
The website for the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, a professional touring company of international calibre in Atlantic Canada.
Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce
The website for the Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce (APCC), formerly the Maritime Board of Trade. Formed in 1896, this organization promotes and supports business and economic development in Atlantic Canada. Click on "Chambers" for links to local Chambers of Commerce.
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