NEW BRUNSWICK

New Brunswick is a Canadian Maritime province on the east central coast with an area of 172,908 kilometers, and a population of over 750,000 people, mostly of English descent. The capital city is Fredericton. The province is named after the northern German city of Brunswick, the ancestral home of England’s King George III. New Brunswick is bordered on the north by Quebec, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, the southeast by Nova Scotia, on the south by the Bay of Fundy, and to the west by the U.S. state of Maine. The climate in New Brunswick is Continental, meaning warm summers and cold winters. The northern part of the province is mountainous, due to the Canadian-Appalachian Mountains in the east, and the Notre Dame Mountains to the west. The central and eastern part of the province is mostly Lowlands, blending into the Caledonia and St Croix Highlands along the southern coastline. There are many major river systems running through New Brunswick, including the St. Croix, and St. Johns Rivers.

Demographics

Most of the modern-day population of New Brunswick are descendants of Loyalists who fled the US after the British defeat in the American Revolution. A small minority of French descendants of the Acadians (less than 25%) still live there and there are a small number of Irish and Scottish descendants along the coasts. Approximately 3% of the population is aboriginal. New Brunswick is the only Canadian province that has both French and English as it’s official language, by law.

Economy

New Brunswick’s rural economy has been based on farming, forestry, mining, and fishing. The urban areas are dominated by the health care, retail, and insurance industries. Major exports are minerals, lobsters, scallops, king crabs, and farmed salmon. Tourism accounts for a significant portion of the economy. St. Johns is a popular cruise ship port-of-call, and hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the area annually. Due to this, New Brunswick has many work opportunities in various fields. Immigrants can find great jobs in various industries, and as a whole, it is a comfortable place to establish a good income.

Education

New Brunswick is an educational province, with a highly rated educational system and many interesting options for students. There are 4 major universities in New Brunswick, one of which (Mount Allison University in Sackville) is rated as the top undergraduate Liberal Arts school in Canada, and has produced 51 Rhodes Scholars. Its academic achievements are impressive, and students enjoy a great experience throughout their studies.

Attractions

Performing Arts are a long-standing tradition in New Brunswick hosting many playhouses, concert halls, street performers, orchestras, and even ballet troupes all over the province. Also, there are several museums, art galleries and parks. The St. Croix River is a world-famous fly fishing destination, and the bays offer great opportunities for inshore fishing. The Hartland Bridge, spanning the St. Johns River from Hartland to Somerville, is the world’s longest covered bridge (391 meters). As a whole, we can say that New Brunswick is an amazing place to consider starting your new life in.

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