Oromocto, New Brunswick
Located 15 minutes from Fredericton is the Town of Oromocto, home to CFB Gagetown. Being Canada’s largest military base, CFB Gagetown is a very important part of the Capital areas economy and an intergral part of the Real Estate market. With several hundred members being transferred in and out of the base every year, the real estate markets in Oromocto, Burton, Geary, Beaverdam, New Maryland, Waasis and Fredericton are all greatly influenced by the transfers of the base members.
Oromocto Information Oromocto (2006 pop.: 8,412) is a Canadian town in Sunbury County, New Brunswick. The town is located on the west bank of the St. John Riverat the mouth of the Oromocto River, approximately 20 kilometres southeast of Fredericton. The town's name is derived from the name of the Oromocto River; "oromocto" is thought to have originated from the Maliseet word wel-a-mook-took which means "deep water". Oromocto was first discovered by Irish settlers in 1799. They have various burial grounds throughout the town. Oromocto was originally a shipbuilding town in the 19th century, but went into decline after the industry closed. It remained a small hamlet until it was selected as the headquarters for a large military training area, in the early 1950s. The Gagetown Military Camp (Camp Gagetown) opened in 1955 as the largest military reservation in the Commonwealth of Nations at the time. Oromocto underwent a major transformation during this time as it was designed to be a "model town". It was considered to be at the forefront of such efforts in Canada, along with locations such as Richmond Hill, Ontario and Nepean, Ontario. Today, Oromocto's entire economy is dominated by CFB Gagetown.
The Oromocto Real Estate Market is very strong with the changing of the Military every few years. Also CFB Gagetown is set to expand which will also have a very positive effect on the Oromocto Real Estate Market. The town's location in the Saint John River valley provides lush vegetation and an attractive waterfront on both rivers. A small park and marina occupy an area on the Oromocto River waterfront near the downtown. Nightlife attractions include the former Club Camelot, no longer in operation, as well as Griffon's Pub and Eatery (formerly Bleachers, Crocodile Dundee's) the Oromocto Hotel. The town's shopping mall features Pizza Delight, A&W, Bluenotes, Reitman's, Tim Hortons as well as an Atlantic Superstore location. A business district in the area of Restigouche Road and has become moderately successful, and the town features a small hospital, track and field facilities, and a multitude of churches. The town is home to a distribution centre forSobeys grocery stores, a funeral home, library and recreation centre. Where the town borders on CFB Gagetown there is also a Canex with a salon and barbershop, lounge, hockey/squash arenas, swimming pool, and a credit union, along with military vehicles and aircraft on outdoor display. Oromocto is a community rich with annual events and traditions.
Two of the more common events are the Maple Syrup Extravaganza and Silliker's Weekend. Maple Syrup Extravaganza incorporates traditions forged from the original contact between the native citizens and the Irish settlers (1799). Silliker's Weekend is an event in dedication of a sea bearing vessel used by the Irish to cross the Atlantic in the 1790s. The vessel was named after the infamous Silliker clan, many of whom made the journey to Atlantic Canada.Oromocto plays host to many schools located throughout the town.
Oromocto High school has one of the highest standards of education in the province. Canadian National Railway abandoned its railway line which ran through the town to CFB Gagetown in March 1996. Today, this railway right-of-way has been developed as a recreational trail and is part of the "Sentier NB Trail" network. This particular portion of the Sentier NB Trail between Fredericton-Oromocto-Burton also hosts the Trans-Canada Trail http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
The Fredericton Real Estate market also includes many other areas including New Maryland, Marysville, Keswick, Islandview, Douglas, Nasonworth and Maugerville. All of these areas offer something unique and prices will vary depending on location.