Moncton is a really boring city. It takes about 5 minutes to walk from one side of the city to the other, and there are so few options for entertainment. There is no downtown area or public transit system, so you have to drive everywhere and it’s very difficult on foot. There are only 3 grocery stores in the entire metro area and they’re all tiny. The traffic lights take forever because they have timers from 1974 on them that go off every 10 minutes so nobody can get through an intersection in a short period of time. It’s just not a great place for young people.
It’s a safe place, but I think it’s boring. There is nothing to do here and I think people who say they love it here are just in denial. It’s not just me who thinks that. I went up to Toronto on my own one time and everyone was so surprised by how easy it was for me to get around town. They thought Moncton would be bigger or more difficult to navigate than that.
I see myself leaving Moncton in 5 years, if not sooner. I want to go somewhere bigger and a bit more exciting. I’m young and I want to meet people and have fun for a change. It’s not that Moncton is bad — it just has super boring people who don’t do anything fun. Everyone here is stuck in their cars all the time too, so there isn’t much interaction with others. It’s true that you can say hi to neighbors, but it would be hard to find one who will have any meaningful conversation with you. People are really stiff here.
It’s a very conservative place too. The people are extremely against gay marriage and abortions. They’re just against things that disagree with “traditional” sexual behaviour. I don’t agree with that, but I can see why they feel the way they do about it. It’s just not a great town for meeting new people or making friends in general here. Sometimes my mom will send me out of town to see someone and I’ll meet someone cool in another city who asks me if Moncton is too boring for me, so then my mom can tell her how bad it really is.
I haven’t gone out of town much, but I’ve heard that there are way better places to go than Moncton. There’s the beach in Saint John and a bunch of other cool cities nearby. If you go to the GTA or Montreal, there are so many things to do. In Moncton, we don’t even have a good mall. The people here just don’t want to do anything fun and they think it’s too far away from home. We have a great river here which is actually quite nice, but no one comes down here at night because of all the kooks who are out at night doing dope or fighting in parking lots — even with all these cameras around. I just don’t get it. I think it would be amazing to live somewhere with more things to do, where I could meet people and have a good time.
Moncton is the kind of city where you can go for a walk by yourself and not be bothered by anyone. If you go out at night, there will be some people doing drugs, but not many because there isn’t much to do here. The ones that do hang out in parking lots or want to fight innocent bystanders are super annoying. They’re always trying to sell you something too.
The people are generally kind and friendly, but they’re just too conservative for me. There’s not a lot of diversity here either, which is bad. I think if you live here then you should go to school in Toronto or somewhere else. It’s a great place to go to school.
I’ve never been to Halifax, but I’ve heard that it’s way bigger and more exciting than Moncton and there are tons of things to do there after 6 p.m., when the bars close. Halifax isn’t as racist as Moncton though, so it might be a good place for me to get out of Moncton and meet some new people from different places. We could also go out on dates in Halifax too — that would be fun after we’ve known each other for a bit longer.