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Ferry from Yarmouth to Portland

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Ferry from Yarmouth to Portland

Am I reading correctly-no more ferry? We were hoping to use July 2010.

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1. Re: Ferry from Yarmouth to Portland

Hi Casamurray,

Welcome to the YARMOUTH TRAVEL FORUM.

YES you read right... no ferry between the US and Canada at this time.

The Saint John to Digby Ferry across the Bay of Fundy is still in operation... as well as a new air service Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, NS.

You might want to read this recent post entitled "Demise of the CAT Ferry - HELP" = tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g181761-i2392-k3458… for the full story.

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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2. Re: Ferry from Yarmouth to Portland

very unfortunate isn't it ?

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3. Re: Ferry from Yarmouth to Portland

The ferry from Maine to Yarmouth, NS was heavily dependent on government subsidies. But the Nova Scotia government is broke, so they cut the ferry.

This may be a bit inconvenient for those going to Yarmouth, but otherwise the end of the Gulf of Maine ferries is going to mean little in the way of dislocation. It actually takes less time to drive from, say, Bangor Maine than it took on the ferry. In fact, even from places like Lunenburg County, where I live, it would be faster to drive around.

This ferry was expensive, hundreds of dollars per crossing. It took three hours, plus the waiting to get on and off. And, of course, you had to be there at the proper time for departure, which could be inconvenient. There was only one crossing a day, each way, at best.

From Maine to Halifax, the highway is 4-lane divided freeway the entire way. From Bangor, you can easily reach Halifax in less than seven hours, plus dawdling along the way and border formalities. The ferry would have taken about eight.

Sorry if you had been counting on the ferry crossing as a way of seeing the ocean. If you were, take the boat from near Pictou, Nova Scotia, to Prince Edward Island, a more scenic 1 1/4 hour crossing (but no casino) for a fraction of the cost. Or even more dramatic, there's the high seas crossing to Newfoundland!

David

Edited: 21 March 2010, 12:00
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4. Re: Ferry from Yarmouth to Portland

Means a little more driving time for us-but oh well-we can use Digby to St. John ferry-time for plan B!

Thanks for quick responses TAers!

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5. Re: Ferry from Yarmouth to Portland

Hi Casamurray,

As most locals will tell you the Digby to Saint John Ferry isn't a huge time saver if going to Halifax... (and it does have very limited sailings...) so timing is everything if you want to go that route. But Ferries are part of Maritime Culture, and the Bay of Fundy is a very pretty area... the ferry is a good option if you plan to explore both sides of the Bay, or want to spend some time in the Anapolis Valley or down Yarmouth way.

Lol, we do the ferry cause we love it... just a symbol to us of our time visiting "down east" likewise we usually do the PEI - NS Ferry as well... the Bridge is great (quick link under 15 minutes) but there is something missing as to not going via the water, for an area of the world where water is a big part of life.

Just my 2 cents.

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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6. Re: Ferry from Yarmouth to Portland

As someone who uses the Digby-St John Ferry frequently, I can tell you it is great. We travel to New England a lot, and we tend to try to use the ferry as much as possible. There are two sailings daily in each direction during the summer months. It is a relaxing way to travel, you have the opportunity to see marine life, fishing boats, etc. As you come into the harbour at Digby, the view is spectacular.

So with a little planning, as you cross into New Brunswick from Maine, you are an hour to St. John to catch the Princess of Acadia. The crossing itself is three enjoyable hours, and then welcome to Nova Scotia!. Enjoy your visit.

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