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.
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
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)
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
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?
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>
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>
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.
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