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What’s So Interesting About New Brunswick?
It’s New Brunswick day!
In celebration of this special day, we’d like to introduce you to this beautiful province, and give you the opportunity to consider choosing it when you move to Canada.
New Brunswick History
One of Canada’s 4 founding provinces, this province is still home to the descendants of some of its indigenous peoples, such as the Mi’kmaq, the Maliseet and the Passamaquoddy which were present in the area since 7000 BC. Of the north-American area, New Brunswick was one of the earliest ones to be explored and settled by Europeans due to its relative vicinity to Europe. It was settled over the years by the French, the British, and later on also incorporated Irish and Scottish people. This massive settlement did not completely blot out the local ancient civilization that lived in the area prior (since 7000 BC), and New Brunswick is still home to 15 first nations.
Colour and beauty meet ancient culture and customs
The city of Saint John Was the first incorporated city in Canada starting in 1785. The province found prosperity in the early 1800’s through maritime and logging industries and the population grew dramatically. As times changed and confederation happened, sailing and shipbuilding skills were no longer in such high demand, and by the mid-1900’s New Brunswick became one of Canada’s poorest provinces. Thanks to Canada’s programs for support of rural areas, the province’s problem finances were mitigated. The 1920’s saw a development of the paper industry which contributed to New Brunswick’s economy, and in the 1960’s forestry industries went from controlled harvest to the cultivation of forest, with revenues for the province in the hundreds of millions.
Why You Would Love It
One of New Brunswick’s unique features is that it is Canada’s only officially bilingual province, with 2/3 of the population self-identifying as anglophones and the rest as Francophones.
New Brunswick is even more unique as approximately half the population lives in urban areas, which is not typical of any of Canada’s other provinces, where the majority of the population lives in urban areas.
New Brunswick is a great place for higher learning, with a wide variety of universities and colleges, including a French university, and a community college system that spans all the regions of the province. The various establishments offer extensive post-grad programs, medical programs and law schools.
Also, the food’s not bad
New Brunswick’s greatest feature is the blessings it received from mother nature. It’s natural vistas are historic, diverse and fascinating.
Although it is a maritime province, 83% of New Brunswick is covered in forests. That’s down to the acidic soil left in New Brunswick’s uplands by the glaciation. The soil made the area difficult for human habitation, but made a great home for massive thriving forests. The power of mother nature can be seen throughout the province. Those who admire the way nature reshapes the planet would enjoy seeing the influence of the glacial period on the landscape around the province, or the last remains of the giant trees that covered the province in its early settlement days – much larger than the average large tree.
The wildlife in the province is a beautiful sampling of our ecosystem, with carnivores such as the bobcat, the Canada lynx and the black bear, and the white tailed deer and moose in the herbivore group.
The white-tailed deer. Or as you know him – Bambi
The population in New Brunswick is a lot less dense than in most of Canada, leaving lots of room for new arrivals, especially ones interested in nature or farming. While all of Canada is considered friendly and inviting, New Brunswick low population density and large rural areas has made the population even more friendly and helpful than most, and the locals are always happy to have a chat and help strangers and make friends.
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So what do you think? Is New Brunswick the place for you?
If your answer is no, you should try taking a trip to New Brunswick. You’ll never want to leave.