Bathurst (New Brunswick)
The most popular route is Highway 132 East through Matapedia, down to Campbellton, NB, and then to Bathurst on Highway 11 South. Recently, more people have been travelling down the Trans-Canada from Riviere-du-Loup, down to St-Leonard, NB, up to St-Quentin on Highway 17 North, and over to Bathurst on Highway 180 East. This route travels directly through the Appalachian mountains, and is quite an experience for the adventurous traveller.
From the US:
The fastest way to Bathurst is most likely across I-95 to Woodstock, NB, and up the Trans-Canada 2 West to St-Leonard, over to St-Quentin on Highway 17 North, and across to Bathurst on Highway 180 East. However, this route has few amenities between St-Leonard and Bathurst, with the exception of St-Quentin. A less-isolated route would be taking the Trans-Canada 2 East from Woodstock to Fredericton, then taking Highway 8 North to Bathurst.
From Nova Scotia/PEI:
From Nova Scotia, take Highway 104 across to Sackville, NB and continue to Moncton on Highway 2 West. Then take Highway 15 East to Shediac. From Shediac, take Highway 11 North to Bathurst.
From Prince Edward Island, cross the Confederation Bridge and continue to the 15/16 traffic circle. At the traffic circle, go on Highway 15 West to Shediac. From Shediac, take Highway 11 North to Bathurst.
The Bathurst Regional Airport is about 15 minutes west of Bathurst on Highway 180 and directs mainly local flights. International flights fly into Moncton, and one can either travel to Bathurst with a rental car, or take the train to Bathurst (see below).
There is a Via Rail station just off of Riverside Drive in Bathurst. Via's train The Ocean from Montreal and Halifax stop there once a day, six days a week (no train on Tuesdays).
Bathurst has three malls: The Chaleur Shopping Centre in South Bathurst (Highway 430 South across Highway 11), the Middle Mall, and the Upper Mall (both on St. Peter's Avenue). The Upper Mall is the only one that is still kicking, although the new grocery store in the Middle Mall has somewhat rejuvenated it. There is also a good bookstore in the Middle Mall. There are some lovely boutiques in downtown Bathurst, and of course, the usual tourist gift shops. For someone from outside of Canada, there is a Tim Horton's on practically every corner, so it's impossible to avoid the place.