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I wonder if there are any ferries from Maine (or Massachusetts areas like Boston, etc) to Nova Scotia? I need to get my daughter there in late August (for college) and I would like to take a ferry so that the trip from where we are (in New Jersey in the states) is not so long. Any help is appreciated.

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Unfortunately there are no longer any ferries running between Maine and Nova Scotia . None from Massachusetts, either. The only way to get to Nova Scotia is via car through New Brunswick or flying, Halifax being the largest airport. I have read that there is hope for the future that the Maine to Nova Scotia ferry could be resurrected but not in the very near future. Here is a recent article:

bangordailynews.com/2013/…

Best of luck !

Edited: 06 August 2013, 09:26
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There is a ferry that runs from the city of Saint John in the Canadian province of New Brunswick to the town of Digby in Nova Scotia, ferries.ca/princess-of-acadia-ferry-schedule… but it will not save you any time and or money in your trip from NJ.

I assume you are headed for the Halifax area? Then your best choice is to head for the Maine-New Brunswick border, and once in New Brunswick, drive the Transcanada highway directly to Halifax. Remember once you cross into New Brunswick, the time will advance one hour to the Atlantic time zone.

Edited: 06 August 2013, 10:20
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Driving would be your best option....

York Harbor, Maine
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That would be great if they decided to go ahead and continue the service as it once was. So they have three companies that are interested in creating the ferry again? I wonder how long does to do this. I hope it's soon--maybe several months to a year?

Edited: 06 August 2013, 14:12
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No sooner than 2014 at the earliest....the infrastructure is not in place to dock the ferries at this time.

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As so often with rosy news like this, the fine print reveals that those keeping their fingers crossed for a ferry had better redouble their tactile contortions:

1) If a ferry is indeed re-started, it is likely to run from Portland, not Bar Harbor. That would mean a longer, and more costly sail. The old Bar Harbor ferry was already overpriced, making it unattractive to a great many travelers who might otherwise have been interested in a pleasant sea voyage.

2) The longer the sail, the harder it will be for ferry times to compete with road connections. With the completion of the NB-1 freeway from Calais, ME to St. John, NB, a drive from Portland to Yarmouth could take as little as 10 hours (without stopping). The old Portland to Yarmouth ferry from yesteryear actually took longer, if you include lining up and waiting.

3) The Nova Scotia government insists that it going to "partner" with some private operator (if it can find one) who will take all the risks in return for a subsidy. As usual, there's plenty who are interested in the subsidy part. We'll see home many serious takers they get for the risk-taking.

4) A consultant's report says that the only way a ferry would make financial sense would be if it could somehow double the traffic carried from what the Bar Harbor run did. No wonder that before, no one was interested in keeping the "Cat" ferry going!

5) A new ferry could only work if major improvements are done to the Yarmouth, NS terminal. Nova Scotia vows it won't pay for those, pointing out that docks are a Canadian federal responsibility. In a time of government restraint, we'll see what Ottawa says.

6) The timing of these announcements comes as no surprise. Nova Scotia is expected face an election in the next six months. Polls show the province's Socialist government trailing after it jacked up taxes and kissed goodbye to some key industries. We'll see after the election.

7) For anyone traveling to Nova Scotia except to the far southwestern tip, remember that it's faster and more convenient to drive than to take the ferry. No matter what option might eventually be chosen, this fact is not going to change. Anyone visiting Halifax, Bridgewater or Kentville, as well as all points north and east, could get there quicker in a car than on any ferry.

8) If its a ferry ride that one wants, the crossing from near Pictou, Nova Scotia, costs less, traverses calmer seas and is more fun than the between 3 and 9 hours over the Gulf of Maine. Sea-sickness is not the word! In by-gone days, people could shovel coins into the gambling machines once the vessel got into international waters, but today there's numerous casinos while Pokies are to be found in most any corner watering hole. If a ferry does sail again, bring lots of Sudokus!

Keep keeping those finger's crossed!

David

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To clarify, the crossing from near Pictou refered to above is to PEI. It is free to take to PEI but about $70 for two people and a car to return. If you instead return by the Confederation Bridge it is about $44.

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The other thing to realize is that ferries are generally pretty slow, so even if they resume service, a ferry may not save you any time at all (vs driving on the mainland the whole way), depending on where you're going and where the ferry goes. Of course, ferries have other advantages - they can be enjoyable and can save gasoline and you can relax on the trip - but if you're just looking to save time, they may not help.

If flying is an option, there are nonstop flights to Halifax from Newark, NYC/LaGuardia, and Philadelphia.

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10. Re: ferries

Ferry is back in service. Just this week.

http://novastarcruises.com/

For everyone who has been on the ferry in the past, does the cost really outweigh the extra travel time?