Victoria Park is an inner-city oasis of central Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
From the Free Meeting House, Mélanie drives to the Moncton Visitor Information Centre next to Tidal Bore Park on the Petitcodiac River in downtown Moncton, New Brunswick. The very kind, knowledgeable and bilingual young lady at the reception desk unlocks a door, at our request, which allows investigation of the restoration underway in one of Moncton's oldest heritage buildings.
The restoration of the interior is a work in progress but there are many artifacts and interesting works of art which justify a few minutes of attention before walking the short distance to Tidal Bore Park, also referred to as Bore Park.
Tidal Bore Park is in close proximity to the Moncton Visitor Information Centre. An impressive, black granite Seafaring Monument, featuring a bronze statue of Moncton's first Mayor, Joseph Salter (1816-1900), leads to a viewing platform over the muddy banks of the Petitcodiac River.
Every day, incoming tide from the Bay of Fundy raises the level of the Petitcodiac River. The gradually rising water is preceded by a wave which can vary from inconsequential to mildly interesting. A search named Tidal Bore on YouTube will provide a video of a very good tidal bore.
The next stop in Moncton is a walk through very beautiful Victoria Park in the older section of the city. The small, inner city park is surrounded by spectacular and meticulously restored homes.
Many of the monuments in Victoria Park are World War related.
In spite of the fact this visit is occurring in late summer, multiple Victoria Park flower gardens continue an impressive display.
Towards the end of the loop through Victoria Park, a large and impressive black granite monument which recognizes Moncton firefighters provides an opportunity for a bit of reflective photography. A moment is taken to reflect, and to photograph the important, significant and artistic memorial.
Mélanie reflects on the Moncton Fire Department Memorial dedicated to the brave who sacrificed their lives to save property and lives.
Victoria Park is one of many beautiful and well-maintained parks throughout Moncton. This particular park is ideal for a leisurely walk through history, surrounded by magnificent old homes and beautiful flower gardens.
Edith Cavell is an important British heroine with a fascinating story of personal sacrifice during the First World War.