New Brunswick — New Brunswick is easily one of the top 10 provinces in which to live in Canada, and yet it’s an afterthought for many Canadians when choosing where to build their lives. With its rich culture and hidden, majestic beauties, New Brunswick might just be Canada’s best-kept secret. The Manatee has compiled a list of 10 mostly unknown facts about the province, which may make you think twice next time you’re considering where to raise your family.
1: New Brunswick has more hopeless people per capita than anywhere else in North America: Feeling down on your luck? Thinking that the world is against you? Well, you’re not alone in New Brunswick, where misery loves company. People all across the province have given up on finding their dream job, retiring before the age of 70, getting a solid education or simply being happy. Studies show that 1 in every 3 New Brunswickers has given up some form of hope and have settled for their lot in life. You can feel welcomed in like-minded company or feel good about yourself for being better off than others seem to be.
2: New Brunswick has more than 1,000 trees for every person who lives here: Hey, that’s pretty cool if you like trees.
3: In 2015, New Brunswick became the first Canadian province to allow people to legally have deer for pets and for dinner: Smoke them, fry them, barbecue them, roast them and now you can even have them live with you. For the longest time, deer were seen has simply a source of food and neat decorations, but now New Brunswickers can raise them and love them just like one of the family.
4: New Brunswick has most of the things that other provinces have, too: There’s a Tim Hortons around every corner, a McDonald’s in every Walmart, Sobeys stores and Costcos, pizza places and banks. New Brunswick is chalk-full of most of the amenities found in other parts of the country — just don’t go looking for a family doctor, long-term care facilities, jobs, hospital beds, a stable education system or a premier with a high approval rating.
5: New Brunswick is beautiful: As long as you stay away from the deserted railroad towns like McGivney and Juniper you’ll be astonished by the natural beauty that New Brunswick has to offer. We also recommend that you steer clear of Moncton and Saint John as well.
6: New Brunswick is the birthplace of Canada’s finest alcoholic beverage: There’s a certain prestige associated with drinking the award-winning lager from Canada’s oldest brewery: Alpine. New Brunswick knows the art of drinking and the art of crafting fine alcohol, so it should come as no surprise that Alpine lager is considered by many to be amongst the finest of products that New Brunswick has to offer.
7: There might be hidden treasures along the coasts of New Brunswick: Well, who knows? There might be. There’s really only one way to know for sure — move here and begin your quest to find the potential hidden treasures along New Brunswick’s many riverbanks and shorelines.
8: Living in New Brunswick offers countless health benefits: Lots of fresh air, lots of time to relax because you won’t have a job, even more time to relax because there’s not really much to do, and with fewer people living here there’s obviously fewer people who could potentially murder you.
9: It’s better than PEI: Sure, island life is nice in the summer, but can you imagine the winters there? No, thank you!
10: New Brunswick has the most single-term premiers in the country: Not happy with the current government regime? No need to worry — we’ll have a new one every 4 years or less!
If you know of any other hidden secrets in the province, please tell us about them in the comment section.