Hi – I’m Mariam!
In July 2014, my husband, our two young daughters and I moved to Canada’s East Coast in search of a simpler and more fulfilling life. For many years we lived in Toronto, one of Canada’s most densely populated and busiest cities. It’s a place full of opportunity, culture and diversity, and we spent many wonderful years there. But one thing was lacking for us – freedom. We were tied to demanding jobs, a costly mortgage and long commutes. Our kids spent more time at daycare and summer camps than at home. I remember reading somewhere that in order to move forward, you have to leave some things behind. So that’s what we did.
Having both grown up in different communities on the East Coast, we knew moving back also meant being in closer proximity to family. After researching job opportunities, housing prices, crime stats, recreation and community services, Moncton, New Brunswick, topped the list as the best place to raise our family.
Moncton is a very community-oriented city with a population of 70,000 – large enough to enjoy good recreational and cultural activities, and small enough that paying for public skating at the local rink still goes by the honor system. Both English and French are spoken here (New Brunswick is a bilingual province) and you will be greeted warmly whatever language you speak.
I think Moncton is one of Canada’s best kept secrets. It’s not one I’m willing to keep though! I am excited to discover this place with you.
Whether you are a tourist, newcomer or longtime resident, I hope you find something on this blog that will enable you to see this smart, friendly and innovative city in a new way.