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Ferry to nova scotia from bar harbor??

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Ferry to nova scotia from bar harbor??

Is there any ferry to nova scotia from bar harbor??? I understand the cat was cancelled? If there isn't a ferry, where is the closest terminal from Bar Harbor? And how far is it??

Thank you!!

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1. Re: Ferry to nova scotia from bar harbor??

You are correct. The Cat is dead, well, not dead but sleeping soundly here at the terminal in Bar Harbor. Apparently there is no chance of a Bar Harbor-Yarmouth ferry this year (although there is some hope for next year). The closest ferry now is the St. John NB to Digby NS ferry:

http://www.nfl-bay.com

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2. Re: Ferry to nova scotia from bar harbor??

To drive from Bar Harbor to St. John, New Brunswick would take about three hours, depending on how long it takes to get across the Canada border. There is no other ferry to Nova Scotia. If it's really Nova Scotia that you want to see, I would very seriously consider flying into Halifax from Boston.

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3. Re: Ferry to nova scotia from bar harbor??

Hello kid516 from Nova Scotia.

cwvoight was correct in saying there is no longer a ferry from Bar Harbor to Nova Scotia. The ferry departing from St. John NB takes three hours and arrives in Digby, in the southwest portion of the province. It is a relaxing ride across the Bay of Fundy. There is a restaurant, and cafe on board. Movies suitable for children are shown in the main lounge. You can walk the decks and look for whales and sea birds during the voyage. Digby is approximately 2/12 hrs from Halifax.

I would respectfully disagree with bonniemaev about flying to Nova Scotia from Boston. You will have to rent a car to tour the province when you get here, so that cost on top of the air fare may be quite costly.

Keep in mind when you cross the Maine border into Canada, there is a time change. The time will advance one hour...good to keep in mind for ferry reservations!

Edited: 17 January 2011, 13:38
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4. Re: Ferry to nova scotia from bar harbor??

I agree that the ferry crossing from St. John to Digby is a very pleasant experience. The approach to Digby itself is quite dramatic, through a cut in the high hills. But it's a long drive from Connecticut to St. John. Unless, of course, it was always part of your vacation plan to see the beautiful coast of Maine.

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5. Re: Ferry to nova scotia from bar harbor??

Thank you all for your input. Actually the plan was to go camping in a travel trailer in Bar Harbor for a week and to visit Nova Scotia. But it sounds like we would have to stay over in Nova Scotia for at least 1 night to make it worth it. That is unfortunate that they don't have that ferry from Bar Harbor.

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6. Re: Ferry to nova scotia from bar harbor??

I don't know if this will make you feel better or not, but a day trip on the ferry from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth wasn't really worth it anyway. The ferry took about three hours each way and, what with time spent in line and loading, you wouldn't have gotten to see much of Nova Scotia on a day trip.

Nova Scotia is an absolutely beautiful part of Maritime Canada. It is well worth planning a vacation just to that province and spending at least three or four nights to see everything from the stunning tidal changes in the Bay of Fundy to the incredible green mountains and blue sea of Cape Breton.

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7. Re: Ferry to nova scotia from bar harbor??

I agree with bonniemaev, Nova Scotia is a beautiful area and spending just one night would not be enough. There is so much to see there and even if you were able to take a ferry from Maine, it put you in at Yarmouth and you would need to drive for quite a bit to get to see the most beautiful spots. I think that you need 5 days to a week to really enjoy it all, plus then you could possibly get to Prince Edward Island as well...

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8. Re: Ferry to nova scotia from bar harbor??

If we are already in bar harbor, is it worth the drive to just go to st. John? Or is digby so worthwhile to make the ferry a must?

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9. Re: Ferry to nova scotia from bar harbor??

If you are contemplating a day trip, consider this: according to the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, it is about 138 miles from Bar Harbor to the border at Calais. From Calais to St. John NB is another 50-60 miles. All but about 20 miles of this is on two-lane roads. Not counting the time involved in the border crossing, Bar Harbor to St. John would take between three and four hours, maybe a little more. The Canadian Maritimes are on Atlantic time, so you lose an hour at the border.

A day trip to Lubec, West Quoddy Head, and Campobello Island (NB, so have your passport) is definitely doable and would show you another aspect of downeast Maine.

Edited: 03 August 2011, 15:05
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10. Re: Ferry to nova scotia from bar harbor??

Would agree with CW that a day-trip along the Maine coast would be a better use of your time than trying to get to St John and back simply because staying closer to Bar Harbor will give you more time to actually get out of the car and experience things up-close. Going to St John will give you a "windshield tour" of many miles of rural Maine and New Brunswick roadside but not much else to show for the effort. Have been to St John numerous times -- it's a nice city -- would be a questionable destination for a day trip from Bar Harbor.

I'd concentrate instead on the Schoodic Section of Acadia National Park, Lubec, and the destinations CW mentioned....

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