Dags Marasigan


Off to Moncton, New Brunswick.  April 5, 2009

Moncton, New Brunswick was the first leg of my final Canada tour.  I rented a car en route to my trip from Moncton to Charlottetown, PEI.  At first, I wanted to leave the car rental at Charlottetown and wanted to fly out from there but car rentals charged extra CD$100.  I guess it was the recovery fee for the CD$42.50 toll fee at the Confederation Bridge.

At any rate, my first stop at Moncton was at the famous Magnetic Hill.  I drove about 200 meters downhill, placed the car on neutral, released the brakes and the car rolled backwards (uphill).  I was fascinated by it and did it several times.

From the Magnetic Hill, I drove to downtown area. I parked the car near the market and was able to go around downtown in about 1.5 hours.  Moncton was a small and quaint city where activity was very minimal.  Considering that winter was just about to finish and it was a Sunday, most stores were closed.

I passed by The Thomas Williams House and the Riverfront Park.  From downtown, I took a nice drive towards Shediac and strolled along the wharf.  The Parlee Beach was closed since most of the water was still frozen.

Drove along Hwy 15 towards the Confederation Bridge - the longest bridge in the world over ice covered water.  The bridge connected New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.  There was no toll from NB to PEI however the return toll was CD$42.50.  No wonder, car rentals charged extra CD$ if I wanted to rent the car 1 way.

The bridge crossing was my entrance to the next province, Prince Edward Island.