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Ground travel from New York or Boston to Halifax...

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Sea Cliff, New York
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Ground travel from New York or Boston to Halifax...

Would like to take a leisurely mini vacay and had envisioned a train ride, or part train, part ferry, scenic route. Am I understanding correctly that there is no such thing?? I cannot seem to find routes or schedules from U.S. crossing border into Halifax. Stopover in Quebec City or Montreal would be fine too.

Any recommendations? I am actually originating in NYC, and will likely drive the leg to/from Boston.

Thanks much!

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1. Re: Ground travel from New York or Boston to Halifax...

You are basically correct. There is no ferry service from Maine to Nova Scotia although there should be again in a couple years. You could take the train to Montreal and then to Halifax but that is a slow trip and no way to see the country.

Driving is much more straight forward. Here is the route from Boston: http://goo.gl/maps/Tcz5i

You would likely take two days for this. You could stop in Bangor or much nicer, the little resort town of St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

Alternatively you could drive to Montreal or Quebec (Quebec would be my choice) and then to Nova Scotia:

http://goo.gl/maps/DSzRH This route by-passes Montreal, which in terms of traffic is a very good thing.

Once you have decided how you are getting here, please come back with information about your interests and how much time you would have and we will try to answer your questions.

Meanwhile check out these links:

www.novascotia.com/en/home/default.aspx

tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g154967-c157554/Nova-S…

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2. Re: Ground travel from New York or Boston to Halifax...

Thanks Much! And, yes, Quebec City would be my preferred itin. Was hoping to relax on train as drive one way would be very long; round trip, a burden. If I find train or bus service up the coast of Maine to St John, is there continuing train or bus from there? Perhaps better to defer until additional ferries are implemented?

Better to wait for off season, after Labor Day (early September)?

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3. Re: Ground travel from New York or Boston to Halifax...

Here is the route map for the Maritime Bus Company. You can access other parts of their website from here as well:

www.maritimebus.com/en/schedules-routes.asp

Here are the Amtrak routes: You can get to Montreal and there are trains to Quebec and on to Halifax:

http://www.amtrak.com/train-routes

http://www.viarail.ca/

I don't think you are going to find bus service to Maine which connects to New Brunswick.

Tourism has been down since the economic crisis in 2008 so you could come in summer. After Labour Day is good as well.

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4. Re: Ground travel from New York or Boston to Halifax...

Have you thought about a cruise? There are regular cruises from Boston to Montreal or Quebec City stopping in Saint John, Halifax, Sydney and Charlottetown and some ports in Maine.

Holland America does this going one way one week and back the other. Many other cruise lines also do this. There are deals to be had. This would certainly look after the leisurely part of your trip.

You can go to Cruise Critic which is a sister site to Trip Advisor and ask some questions there. Here is the link to their forums or boards: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/

Edited: 27 June 2013, 16:29
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5. Re: Ground travel from New York or Boston to Halifax...

I was going to suggest a cruise too! Many of the cruise lines leave from NYC and stop in various ports up here (Halifax, Sydney, Saint John). No driving, only relaxing required from you! :)

Just did a quick search on Expedia for August and three cruises came up from NYC to the Maritimes - two with Carnival and one with RCI.

~ martinigoddess

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