The Canadian city of Bathurst is renowned as one of North America’s most authentically preserved historical sites. Many of the tourist attractions here draw upon the city’s rich history, with original buildings providing the location for re-enactments of the Acadian population from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Village Historique Acadien, located close to New Brunswick, is arguably the best of these types of attractions. Water sports lovers should make sure to visit the stunning Atlas Park. This scenic park is based around an old quarry lake, and offers visitors plenty of opportunities for sailing, scuba diving, and so on. There are classes and sessions to suit everyone, from complete beginners to experts. And if you prefer, you can simply relax in the café with its gorgeous lake view, or head on down to the children’s amusement park with the kids. There are plenty of other sights to see in and around this city, such as the mineral museum of New Brunswick: an informative and exciting geological adventure for all ages.
Like many holiday destinations, travel to Bathurst tends to be most expensive during the school holidays in August and the summer months of June and July. These are also the months when the weather in the city is most pleasant, though, giving you the advantage of clear, sunny skies for exploring the lake and the salt water beaches. Public holidays in Canada can be a good time to visit if you want to feel the buzz of local holidaying crowds and see the city in festive mode. Holidays are called ‘statutory’ (or ‘stat’) days in this country, and include Canada Day on July 1 when the nation celebrates its acquisition of dominion status.
Bathurst has a slightly limited public transport system consisting of buses. These will get you to most of the main tourist attractions. However, for your utmost convenience, it is often best to hire a car either in the city itself or at the airport when you arrive. That way you can explore this amazing city with independence and in your own time. This also solves the problem of how to reach the city from the airport, as you can just have your hire car waiting for you for when your flight touches down in either Moncton International Airport or Bathurst’s own regional airport.