Nova Scotia ferry service connects the province with its neighbors in Atlantic Canada. This convenient and comfortable mode of transportation is favored by residents and visitors alike. With year-round schedules, the chance to save time, and the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the scenery, a ferry helps make local travel easier for you. If you're planning on doing some province hopping, a Nova Scotia ferry will be a good place to get to the surrounding places in Atlantic Canada. New Brunswick, across the Bay of Fundy, is a three-hour ferry ride, while Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland also are serviced by ferries to Nova Scotia. Taking the water route saves times over driving, giving you more opportunities to enjoy your destination rather than stuck in the car.
The Princess Acadia cruises cross the Bay of Fundy, connecting Digby with Saint John, New Brunswick. With room for motorcoaches, cars, RVs, and plenty of passengers, the ferry takes about three hours to make the crossing. With a year-round schedule and on-board amenities, this ferry trip can be a relaxing way to travel. With vehicles or car rentals safely below deck, passengers can spend their time enjoying the trip with time to grab a bite to eat, play video poker, and shop. The company also offers vacation packages, another service to help save time.
Another Nova Scotia ferry heads to Prince Edward Island, this time operated by Northumberland Ferries. Cruising across the Northumberland Strait from the scenic community of Caribou, the MV Confederation and MV Holiday Island shuttle passengers over to PEI's Woods Islands. It takes a little over an hour to make this trip between the two ports. Like the Acadia, these two ferries offer a wide range of on-board amenities and space for vehicles. Their viewing deck is one of the best places to spot wildlife and do some whale watching. On the air-conditioned decks below passengers can enjoy live music, ice cream, and the TV lounge. Video poker is an option for passengers at least nineteen years old.
The trip from North Sydney to Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland, lasts anywhere between 4.5 and 8 hours, but still saves driving time. Available February through New Year's Eve, these ferries to Nova Scotia provide safe, comfortable crossing between the two locales no matter what the weather. In the summer, a sister ferry also departs from North Sydney and travels the longer distance to Argentia in easternmost Newfoundland. As these car ferries cross the Cabot Strait, passengers can enjoy the view. All of the ships in the fleet are equipped with cafeterias, children's play areas, and video arcades. Passengers also have space to stretch out and get some sleep—two of the ferries have accommodations similar to hostel accommodations, perfect for nighttime trips.
For more than a decade, the Maine to Nova Scotia ferry provided convenient service from Bay Harbor to Yarmouth. After declining ridership and the advent economic crisis, the government of Nova Scotia declined to give funding, effectively ending the service at the close of the 2009 season. While the the Cat Ferry to Nova Scotia is no longer running, the parent company is still running ferries to Nova Scotia from other provinces in Atlantic Canada. Maine and Nova Scotia are still connected by highway by driving through New Brunswick. If that would take too long, you also could catch a flight to the airports in Halifax or Sydney.