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According to 2006 census data, New Brunswick has a total population of 729,997. Saint John is the largest city in the province, with a population of 68,043; it is also the province's oldest city. Moncton is home to 64,128 people, while Fredericton, the provincial capital, has a population of 50,535. Bathurst’s population is 12,714, Edmundston's 16,643 and Campbellton's 7,384.

New Brunswick is on Atlantic Daylight Time. If you are entering New Brunswick from Maine or Quebec, set your watch ahead one hour. This Province also participate in Daylight Savings Time, which means that on the second Saturday in March, the clock goes ahead one hour – until the first Saturday in November when the clock goes back one hour.

Speed limits in New Brunswick are posted in kilometers and permit a maximum of 110 km (to mph) on provincial highways and 50 km (30mph) in urban districts unless otherwise indicated. Seat belts are mandatory for drivers and passengers. Children under 5 years of age and under 18 kilograms (40lbs.) must be in an infant carrier or approved child restraint.

The driver of a motor vehicle meeting or overtaking a school bus which is displaying red flashing lights shall stop not less than 5 m (16 ft.) from the bus and shall not pass until the bus is again in motion or the lights have stopped flashing.

Certified bicycle helmets are required by law, when operating bicycle or a motorcycle
in New Brunswick.

In case of a police or medical emergency dial 911 for emergency service anywhere in the province. Hospitals are marked on all road signs by a white letter “H” on a green background.

The New Brunswick's area code is 506. And it must be dialed for long distance calls made outside the province as well as certain areas within the province. To be certain, check the local directory.

Customs & Currency - Foreign currency can be exchanged at any local bank or credit union, at the daily going exchange rate. For all customs’ inquiries, call 1-800-668-4747, from within Canada. Or 1-902-432-5608, from outside of Canada.

Sales Tax - The sales tax in New Brunswick is called the Harmonized Sales Tax (or, HST) and is applied at a single rate of 13% to a base of goods and services. (This percentage is made up of 5% federal tax and 8% provincial tax.)

Legal Drinking Age - The legal drinking age is 19 years. Bottled liquor – including spirits, wine and beer is sold in government stores. As well, there are various private stores throughout the province that sell liquor as agencies for the NB Liquor Corporation.

New Brunswick is Canada's only officially bilingual province with approximately 33 per cent of the population French-speaking. Most programs in this province are available in English and French.

Did you know that the year 2004 marked the 400th anniversary of the beginnings of continuous French settlement in North America?
In 1604, Pierre Dugua Sieur de Mons arrived at Saint Croix, a small island near what is today the Maine (USA)-New Brunswick border. It was here that he attempted year-round French settlement in North America, an event which symbolizes the founding of Acadie... more>


The national parks and historic sites often offer special events for Heritage Day (February), Environment week (june), Canada Day (July 1), Parks Day (July), and the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend (October).

New Brunswick offers visitors two unforgettable coastal experiences in its two National Parks full of natural wonders. From the breathtaking coastal vistas along the Fundy trail to rappelling the cliffs at Cape Enrage, these magnificient sites are a dazzling display of New Brunswick's natural phenomena... more>

Shediac is home to the World’s Largest Lobster. This statue is 10.5 m (34 ft.) long and is 4.5 m (15 ft.) high. This monster weighs 90 tons! more neat info>


The Hartland Covered Bridge in Hartland, New Brunswick, Canada crosses the Saint John River from Hartland to Somerville. It is the world's longest covered bridge, at 1,282 feet (391 m) long. The bridge was declared a national historic site in 1980.

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Statutory Holidays in New Brunswick include: 

New Year's Day - January 1 
Good Friday - First Friday after the full moon on or after March 21
Easter Monday - First Monday after Good Friday 
Victoria Day - Third Monday in May 
Canada Day - July 1 
New Brunswick Day - First Monday in August 
Labour Day - First Monday in September 
Thanksgiving Day - Second Monday in October 
Remembrance Day - November 11 
Christmas Day - December 25 
Boxing Day - December 26

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