Peggy's cove lighthouse sunset ocean view landscape in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Is there a ferry from Bar Harbor to Nova Scotia?

Nova Scotia is a beautiful and expansive province of Canada, located due east of Bar Harbor, across the Bay of Fundy. The province is known for its maritime history, fishing industry, and some of the largest tide swings on the planet.

There is one ferry that departs from Bar Harbor to Nova Scotia. It takes roughly 3.5 hours and takes you through the scenic coastline of the state of Maine and Canadian Province of Nova Scotia.

It's also possible to drive from Bar Harbor to Nova Scotia or take a flight. Read on to learn more about how to get to Nova Scotia, how much it costs, and things to do and see when you're there.

Getting to Nova Scotia from Bar Harbor, Maine is straightforward. There is one main ferry available that makes the journey.

The CAT Ferry runs from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Nova Scotia, Canada. It departs from the main port of Bar Harbor, Maine, and arrives at the port of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Rocky coast and view of boats in the harbor at Bar Harbor, Maine.

The ferry takes roughly 3.5 hours to make the journey from Maine to Nova Scotia. It departs at 9:30 AM Atlantic Time from Yarmouth and at 3:00 Eastern time from Bar Harbor, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday only.

The CAT ferry sails in late May (May 25) and continues through the summer and fall until October 9. You can walk on or take your car. The rate for taking a car is higher than walking on board.

How to reach Nova Scotia from Bar Harbor

The best way to get to Nova Scotia from Bar Harbor is by taking the CAT ferry. This ferry makes it easy to reach your destination in comfort. However, there are several other options to keep in mind if you need an alternative.

Flights from Bangor Maine fly to Halifax or Sydney. Bangor Maine is 1hr 15 mins from Bar Harbor. These flights would all have other stops so it wouldn't make sense to fly, as it would take significantly longer to get there. The closest airport to find a non-stop flight from is New York or Newark.

There's another ferry from Saint John to Digby Nova Scotia. It departs Saint John, New Brunswick and arrives in the port of Digby, Nova Scotia.

The ferry takes 2 hours 15 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes to reach Nova Scotia. Most days it leaves Saint John at 9:00am (Atlantic Time) and returns from Digby at 4:00pm. Some days, there are two ferries from Saint John at 8:00am and 2:15pm and two from Digby at 11:00am and 5:30pm.

The ferry costs around $42 per passenger and $119 per vehicle. This ferry operates year-round, so if you can't catch a ferry from Bar Harbor, this is a great option.

How to drive from Bar Harbor to Nova Scotia

Although you can take ferries and fly to Nova Scotia, you can also choose to make the drive. Although many roads face severe weather in winter, it's possible to drive safely if you're prepared.

To get to Nova Scotia from Bar Harbor, you can drive around the Bay of Fundy on Highway 1 to Trans-Canada Highway 2 to NS-104 (from Bar Harbor ME to Halifax, NS). This journey will take roughly 7 hours, 20 minutes, and 439 miles.

How long does it take to reach Nova Scotia from Bar Harbor by ferry?

The ferry ride usually takes a comfortable 3 hours and 30 minutes. Weather conditions can sometimes be rough and cold due to the high latitude of Nova Scotia.

Aerial image of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

As always, check the website of the CAT ferry to get the latest weather conditions and see if there are any delays to your trip. Usually, the crossing is very pleasant and the views are spectacular.

How much does it cost to take the ferry to Nova Scotia?

*Calculated at the time of writing for 1 adult

You can take your car for an increased fare. You can also take your motorcycles, or bikes, as well as pets, or can just walk on as a pedestrian. If you're taking a vehicle, it will add about $199 each way.

Which ferry port should you choose as your destination in Nova Scotia?

The main port of entry when you arrive in Bar Harbor is the Port of Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor Maine is located across the Bay of Fundy from Nova Scotia, about 110 miles. Bar Harbor is located northwest of Yarmouth.

You can park your car at the Bar Harbor ferry terminal if you don't wish to take it. In Yarmouth, you don't need a car to explore the seaside town because there are walking trails and the ferry terminal is located in close distance to the town where you can find attractions, restaurants and shopping.

Keep in mind that there is no parking in Yarmouth at the ferry terminal. You would have to arrange parking for your vehicle elsewhere.

Things you need to know about taking a ferry to Nova Scotia

Although it's straightforward to take a ferry from Bar Harbor to Nova Scotia, there are things you'll need to keep in mind before setting off on your journey. Continue on to learn more.

Here are our top tips when it comes to preparing for a ferry ride to Nova Scotia:

  • The ferry crosses one time a day each way, only on Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Mondays. It leaves in the morning from Yarmouth and the afternoon from Bar Harbor.
  • Make your reservation in advance to reserve your spot. Make sure to show up at the port at least 1 hour before checking in.

Best time to visit Nova Scotia

The ferry runs from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth from May to October only, due to weather and demand. Prices never change based on the season.

Costline view from the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish on the Cabot Trail on Nova Scotia

Summer has the best weather to enjoy in Nova Scotia. It's also a popular travel time to experience the incredible scenery.

Early fall has beautiful scenic fall foliage that's also worth seeing. The Bay of Fundy has whale season from June to October, so if you love nature and want to spot one of these magnificent mammals, this is the time to do so.

Does the ferry to Nova Scotia run all year round?

Although the ferry from Bar Harbor only runs from May to October, you have other options. Just a short drive away is Saint John, where you can hop on the ferry to Digby, Nova Scotia all year long.

When is the best time to travel to Nova Scotia?

Depending on what you want to see and experience, there are several seasons that are perfect for visiting Nova Scotia.

The off season runs from October to March. You can take advantage of lower fares and fewer other tourists around this time, although the weather will often be cold. June to October are peak times with higher rates for fares.

Summer in Halifax and Nova Scotia brings many local festivals and celebrations of the peak seasons. These include the Pride festival in July, National Acadian Festival in August, Tree lighting and Holiday festivals in December, and many other cultural, sailing, music, beer, and seafood festivals all summer long.

For seafood lovers, there are several must-see festivals during the year. The main ones include the Lobster festivals in July and the Digby Scallop Days in August, which is a festival honoring the scalloping industry. You're sure to get your fill of seafood during these celebrations.

Things to see once you reach Nova Scotia

There are plenty of amazing sights and experiences on the large island of Nova Scotia. Below, we've included some of our recommended destinations for you to explore.

  • Yarmouth Rail Trail - The town of Yarmouth has a walking path on the waterway called the Yarmouth County Rail Trail that takes you from the ferry terminal all the way along the coast and into Nova Scotia through woods, farms, and lakesides.
  • Cape Forchu Lighthouse - Can be seen from the rocky shores of Yarmouth and is a picturesque site to see. You can hike here on Cape Forchu on the Leif Erikson Trail and witness a spectacular sunset.
  • Cafes and Breweries - Sip Café, Boatskeg Distilling Co, Heritage Brewing, and others for craft brews, quaint cafes and eateries to fill your time in Yarmouth with local delights.
  • Lobster Cars - In downtown Yarmouth there's the colorful and eclectic Lobster Cars art installation that has won awards.
  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - With a branch in Yarmouth, explore the Acadian art and international art on display here.
  • Deep Sky Eye Observatory - If you stay the night in Yarmouth, don't miss out on this experience of stargazing in the Deep Sky Eye Observatory about 30 minutes from Yarmouth, where you can camp in a Sky Bubble.
  • Halifax - A drive from the port of Yarmouth will take you to Halifax, Nova Scotia's biggest city where you can explore downtown, the waterfront, and the Halifax Boardwalk.

Cape Forchu Lighthouse at sunrise. Nova Scotia, Canada.

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The ferry between Bar Harbor, Maine and Canada is back in service after 13 years

The 3.5 hour trip gets you to Nova Scotia in no time with lots of onboard fun.

Erika Mailman

If you’ve stood on the Maine shoreline for the last 13 years awaiting your ride to Nova Scotia , your lips buttery with lobster residue, you’re in luck. Now you can finally take the Bar Harbor ferry which has resumed service after more than a decade, as reported by Travel + Leisure .

Launching from the adorable Bar Harbor (‘Bah Hah-bah’ in local vernacular), the 3.5-hour one-way trip to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia is a speedy, wave-cresting ride on the CAT High Speed Ferry for all sizes of vehicles. Even RVs and tour buses can fit on this sturdy vessel. But if you’re traveling lighter, you can also board on foot or on your bicycle, and you can bring your dog along, too. Since Bar Harbor is the front door to Acadia National Park with its incredible biking trails, you can organize a trip that lets you bike in Canada in the morning and in the US in the afternoon. The ferry leaves Yarmouth each day at 9:30am and departs from Bar Harbor at 3pm.

The Cat’s service between Bar Harbor and Nova Scotia was suspended in 2009, reports the Portland Press Herald , and the embarkation point was moved to Portland , Maine instead. The Portland route stopped in 2018 due to construction delays at the terminal — and then of course the pandemic reared its head. Many are thrilled to have The Cat return to Bar Harbor.

The ferry is more than just a place to park it and wait. Besides the gusty winds off the Atlantic and the ferry’s gorgeous sea views, there’s an onboard movie area where you can watch the film of the day, a cafe with homemade gelato, a cafeteria for more sturdy fare and a lounge for more liquid fare. There’s sometimes live music, or if you prefer to disappear into your headphones, the Bay Ferries Limited and Northumberland Ferries Limited have created a 3.5 hour playlist to listen to as you sail along. Bonus: depending on the time of year and your luck, you might spot a whale off the bow.

Check the website for discounts: right now, if you book two passengers and a vehicle, you can get three additional passengers on the ferry for free. Kids 6 and under ride for free all season long. And Nova Scotia residents get 50 percent off all passenger fares.

As for the small print details, make sure to have your passport, passport card or, depending on your home state, an enhanced driver's license or identification to board the ferry. If you are not vaccinated against Covid, you must do an on-arrival test in Canada, a Day 8 test and a 14 day quarantine—and all arrivals must register with the ArriveCAN system. Anyone entering the US who is not a resident is required to be fully vaccinated against Covid. Check website for more details.

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Maine-to-Nova Scotia Canada Ferry

The Cat , a fast ocean-going catamaran car-and-passenger ferry, provides international ferry service between Bar Harbor ME and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada . It can take you on a Two-Nation Vacation .

The CAT ferry, Bar Harbor ME to Yarmouth NS, Canada

The Bar Harbor-to-Yarmouth car ferry service uses The Cat , a fast ocean-going catamaran car-and-passenger ferry that is the key to an excellent Two-Nation Vacation , but bring your passport!

Previously this service operated between Portland ME and Yarmouth, but in 2019 the Portland service was replaced by the Bar Harbor service .

The ferry arrives and departs from the Bar Harbor Ferry Terminal , 121 Eden Street ( map ), on the northwest side of the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center , and east across the street from the Days Inn by Wyndham Bar Harbor Hotel .

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Remember to bring your passport , passport card or other acceptable border-crossing proof of nationality for each person in your party. (Note: a normal driver's license or birth certificate is not valid proof-of-nationality for border crossings! More... )

Ferry Schedules

Daily summer ferry service is scheduled from June through October.

The Canadian ferry, operated by Bay Ferries Ltd and Northumberland Ferries Ltd , departs Yarmouth, Nova Scotia at 09:30 am Atlantic Daylight Time on the 5-1/2 to 6-hour outward voyage. The ferry returns to Nova Scotia in the afternoon, departing Bar Harbor Ferry terminal, 121 Eden Street ( map ), at 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

Note that Nova Scotia keeps Atlantic Time , one hour earlier than the Eastern Time in Portland, so when it's 12 noon in Yarmouth, it's 11:00 am in Portland.

Aboard The Cat

The vessel, The Cat , is a fast, comfortable Australian-built, ocean-going catamaran car-and-passenger ferry boasting cafés, a cafeteria, movie area, children's play area, and gift shop.

The Cat fast ferry, Bar Harbor ME - Yarmouth NS Canada

Car & Passenger Fares

One-way passenger fares are US$115 per adult (14 to 59 years old), US$110 per Senior (60+), US$70 per youth (6 to 13), free for kids 6 and younger. Round-trip fares for both vehicles and passengers are slightly discounted. Also, check the current special offers .

Motor Vehicles

Fares for motor vehicles up to 20 feet (6 meters) in length and no more than 7 feet high start at US$199 one-way ($314 with the driver included); bicycles and motorcycles cost less, RVs more.

You may want to consider sailing as a passenger (without a car) and renting a car in Nova Scotia. Click here to check prices and availability.

Make your ferry reservations online on www.ferries.ca .

A Night in Nova Scotia

You take the ferry from Bar Harbor to Nova Scotia. The next ferry from Yarmouth to Bar Harbor will be the next morning. You'll probably want to continue your journey through Canada by road. The return ferry from Nova Scotia to Bar Harbor sails the next day, so you will stay at least one night in Canada .

Use this handy Hotel Map with Prices to compare prices and facilities among lodgings in Yarmouth and beyond.

Canada by Road

If you don't want to ship your car between Maine and Nova Scotia, or at least not both ways, you can easily drive from Bar Harbor to Canada. Just remember, whether going by car or ferry, to bring your passport or other acceptable official proof-of-nationality. More...

Driving to New Brunswick

Don't want to ship your car, or at least not both ways? Pack your passport (or other acceptable ID) and drive from Lubec ME to Roosevelt Campobello International Park ; or drive via Calais ME into New Brunswick , Canada, and enjoy the charming, delightfully uncrowded summer seaside resort town of St Andrews-by-the-Sea . More...

Saint John NB to Digby NS

You can also benefit from ferry service to Nova Scotia by driving via Downeast Maine to Saint John , New Brunswick, and taking the Fundy Rose car ferry across the Bay of Fundy to Digby , Nova Scotia. More...

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This Ferry Connecting the U.S. and Canada Resumes Service After 13 Years

See Maine's Acadia National Park by day and Nova Scotia by night.

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In busy Bar Harbor, one of my favorite spots has always been the town pier, where even as a kid, I was mesmerized by the sea of boats, ferries, and cruise ships that would moor their vessels for a beat. I loved to watch the coming and goings of passengers, the excitement upon arrival, and the final glance back as they depart.

For whatever reason, it was The Cat that always stood out — the ferry that brought passengers between Maine and Canada.

A few decades later, with children of my own, I finally got to experience The Cat for the first time, as the service between Bar Harbor and Nova Scotia resumed after a 13-year hiatus.

"Personally, I think the best indication for whether or not The Cat's return to service is a success is how many folks come down to the water on either end of the route to wave us in," said the vessel's captain, Stu Coniglio, who recalls seeing the "rubberneck effect" in Bar Harbor after training routes began.

The ferry has evolved since my childhood days. In fact, it's an entirely different boat, docked in a different location, and the route is completed even faster these days. In just 3.5 hours (less than half the driving time), visitors and their vehicles can arrive in another country.

Mere minutes after stepping aboard The Cat (named Alakai for its Hawaiian roots), I said to my family, "If I could always travel this way, I would." Of course, The Cat is not a cruise ship, but the interior is so pristine and the onboard amenities so plentiful that I was hooked.

There are three places to grab snacks, a full meal, specialty coffees, or local beer and wine. Our kiddos were especially excited about the gelato options. Meanwhile, the on-site gift shop offers unique souvenirs with a variety of goods made by local artists.

With so many seating options, we found ourselves bouncing around a bit to take in the ocean view from varying perspectives. The front tends to be the most crowded, due to the floor-to-ceiling windows. If this is the view you're after, be sure to arrive at least an hour before the departure time. On a warmer day, when the sun and breeze are in perfect harmony for sitting outdoors, you'd find me enjoying a spell on the observation deck. But that was not the case for my most recent trip.

Upon approaching Yarmouth, the visibility was just enough to see nearby fisherman holding up their phones to capture The Cat's arrival. And just like captain Stu noted, the pier itself was dotted with people waving in the ship, doing their daily check to make sure she made it home. I suppose that's what I was doing as a kid, too.

How to Book and What to Know

The Cat departs Bar Harbor daily at 3 p.m. EST, and Yarmouth daily at 9 a.m. AST. The ferry is pet-friendly, and service runs from May through October. For this season , up to three passengers ride free with the purchase of two adults fares and a vehicle.

Note that fully vaccinated passengers do not need to take a COVID-19 test, but all passengers must fill out mandatory forms at ArriveCan .

Where to Stay in Bar Harbor, Maine

Less than a five-minute drive to the ferry terminal, Harborside Hotel has the ultimate downtown location, in addition to being less than a mile from Acadia National Park . Families, ask for the room with bunk beds. Couples, meanwhile, can find respite at the adults-only rooftop pool at the West Street Hotel .

Where to Stay in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

For those who aren't bringing their car on The Cat, the Rodd Grand Yarmouth is located right on Main Street, within walking distance of several shops and restaurants. Those traveling with kids will love Tru by Hilton 's indoor waterslide and complimentary waffle bar with all the toppings.

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Traveling between Maine & Nova Scotia aboard The Cat ferry

The Cat ferry at the dock in Yarmouth, N.S.

The Cat Ferry is back. This 3.5-hour cruise aboard a high-speed catamaran makes traveling easy between Bar Harbor, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. And not only that, it cuts the driving time in half.

This international ferry departs Bar Harbor at 3pm EDT arriving in Yarmouth at 7:30pm ADT. And it departs Yarmouth at 9:30am ADT, arriving in Bar Harbor at noon EDT. Remember there’s a one-hour time difference as Nova Scotia is on Atlantic time while Bar Harbor is on Eastern time. Passengers need to allow time for showing paperwork on prior to boarding on either end as well as time to clear through Customs & Immigration when disembarking.

What it’s like aboard The Cat ferry

Collage of seating areas, lounges, and food service options aboard The Cat ferry

Numerous lounging areas, order-at-the-counter food service, and a bar make it easy to get comfortable once aboard. Movies are shown on overhead TV screens. And the ferry’s gift shop invites browsing.

Guests can access the outdoors on both sides as well as in the back of The Cat ferry. On my trip, I found the back well sheltered from the wind and quite pleasant, although that likely changes with the weather and wind direction.

On our way over, we were entertained in the bar/front lounge by an acoustic duo: He played guitar, she played flute, and both sang—think easy listening.

Food is served at three locations: one in the front, one in the back, and one mid-ship. Breakfast pastries, pre-made sandwiches, soup, and baked goods are available midship. You’ll find made-to-order coffee drinks and a selection of loose teas along with gelato in the back, and pizza, wings, nachos, and the like in the bar area at the of the ship.

Required paperwork

To sail aboard The Cat, you’ll need appropriate ID: a passport, passport card, enhanced driver’s license or enhanced ID card; those not born in Canada or the US may need a visa.

History of The Cat ferry

View from a car approaching to board The Cat ferry

Canada’s Bay Ferries Limited operates The Cat, which is registered in the U.S. and leased from the U.S. Navy. This 349-foot-long (106m) ship began its sea life as a high-speed inter-island ferry in Hawaii named ALAKAI (Hawaiian for Sea Path ). In 2009, the U.S. Navy acquired it, using it in 2010 for humanitarian relief in Haiti.

It remained homeported on the East Coast until April 2016, when Bay Ferries leased it and refit it to operate between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth. When put in service that year, it participating in rescuing two Maine lobstermen during high-seas rescues.

The Cat ferry by the numbers

The wake of the cat ferry

  • 4 MTU 80000-series high-speed diesel engines
  • 44000 horsepower
  • 4 Rolls Royce water jets and 125 MK II water jets
  • top speed is 43 knots or 51 miles per hour
  • 22 crew members
  • up to 866 passengers and 228 vehicles
  • more than 280 whales sighted in 2016

Bar Harbor pilot

Perhaps my favorite moment aboard was watching the harbor pilot from Bar Harbor board the ship to guide it to the dock. The pilot knows where the hidden ledges are, where the channels narrow, and tidal changes. Although The Cat ferry slowed down a bit, both boats are moving when the pilot boards, as you can see from this video .

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The Cat Ferry  operates from mid-May into November.

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The CAT Ferry is a car/passenger ferry that navigates between Bar Harbor, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in about three and a half hours. It's a huge savings in time (and perhaps money, too). If you book early, as we did, you get substantial discounts, and that's worth doing. The ferry leaves from Bar Harbor at 3 p.m. daily and from Yarmouth at 9:30 a.m. Remember to add an hour when going from DST in the states to Atlantic time in NS. The ferry is remarkably comfortable, with this caution: it is made of relatively lightweight construction which can result in more movement than might be expected while crossing the Gulf of Maine. Bottom line: one of our party got sick coming and going, partly because seas were running nearly 7 feet on the return journey, almost high enough to force cancellation. We're happy to report members of the crew are friendly experts at helping those who do have issues, and we found that when we reached shore all the sickness disappeared. It's not a bad idea to take some motion pills before you depart. As mentioned, on board is pretty comfy. There's lots of seats forward and aft (and in the middle), snack bars with modest but kind of pricey sandwiches and pastries, movies, and spaces on seats where passengers can lay down and rest or doze. Bingo games go on, there's decent wi-fi, and weather permitting it's fun to walk the outside decks or watch the ferry's gorgeous churning wake. Loading the cars is quick, unloading not so much. In Yarmouth, it took just about 75 minutes to clear customs in our car because there were only two Canadian border agents around. It was much better coming back to Bar Harbor where three US customs agents moved cars much more quickly.

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4.5 here....the ferry was really great. From the reservation to getting on, to the actual ride... There was live entertainment in the Forchu Lounge! There were movies - both a kid friendly and an adult(ish) movie. You could sit out back and watch the massive wake, you could sit inside. Seats were comfortable. The upper vehicle deck attendant was especially nice because I was traveling with animals and she checked on them and found me to tell me they were ok! I've never left them in a car for 3 1/2 hours by themselves on a vessel before... it was a new thing. They did great! (well, apparently, one gets sea sick, I learned , not too bad, but was fine once we landed in Nova Scotia) There was food, although not great and also could not pay with an American Express card. A very common internationally used credit card, also an American ferry/ship, and can't use AMEX?? I booked my ticket with AMEX but couldn't buy food on board with it. That's kinda weird. So I'm knocking off the 1/2 star for that. Although I'm giving a full 5 for the review because this was a convenient and quicker way to get to Nova Scotia. And I'd totally do it again.

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Ferry was on time, had entertainment, food, and many seating areas. My only complaint is the lack of customs/immigration agents once we got to Nova Scotia. The wait to get to an agent was almost as long as the ferry ride. Bad service, Canada.

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First. BE THERE EARLY. We got to the Yarmouth terminal at about 7:50 for a 9:30 trip. We got on board no problem. They left Yarmouth 25 minutes early at 9:05. From what I understand, if you are there by about 8:30 they close the gates and you're not getting on board. Be warned!! I don't mind leaving early as it gets me to where I want to go ahead of time. I SUSPECT there was a reason to leave early. Read on. Second. The trip was comfortable and fast. The Cat averaged 33mph and it was a 3.5 hour crossing to Bar Harbor, ME USA. The chairs were very comfortable and the boat wasn't too crowded. Snacks were available (although a hot dog costs $8). The ship was clean and crew on-board were very polite. They knew how to load and unload the ferry ... no problems there. NOW.... my wife and I ended up being in about the last 20 or so vehicles to exit the ferry. In front of us was US CUSTOMS. We were sitting on the ramp (over the water) coming from the ferry. It was a metal grate so I sat there with my brakes on.... on.... on..... finally the hybrid Toyota said "get your foot off the brake" and flashed a brake battery warning sign at me. So I put the car in park. There were two lanes coming down the ramp from the boat going into two lanes going through customs. I guess the customs people decided they needed to get the rest of the cars off the ferry (us being one) so they opened a third lane at customs. The right lane coming from the ferry was directed by the people on the ground to split into two (half going to Customs lane 2 and half going to Customs lane 3). We were in the left lane and we just sat and waited to go through Customs Lane 1. And we sat and waited. We watched as the cars going through Lanes 2 and 3 moved along fairly well (not great but each of those lanes was moving faster than lane 1). We finally got down on solid ground and continued to wait. I noticed that people were jumping from the lane going to Customs Lane 1 to the other lane. I woman driving a SUV was confused and just sat in the lane going to Customs lanes 2 and 3. So me, and a couple of cars behind me passed her and got into the lane going to Customs lane 2 and 3. ONE HOUR after getting to Bar Harbor we got the customs window...."got any fruit, vegetables, weapons? No? Welcome Back the USA.... all of 30 seconds. So why was Customs Lane 1 going so slow? Our 3 1/2 hour crossing became 4 1/2+ hours due to US Customs! Maybe they left Yarmouth early because they knew that it would take a long time to completely unload the boat due to slow US Customs???? They need to get the ferry ready for the trip back to Yarmouth.

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The not-so-fast Cat took longer than if we'd driven and was less comfortable. One of the four engines is out, so the trip is 6.5 instead of 5.5 hours (which we were not notified of in advance). There's only minimal space to be outdoors. No WiFi. The boat rocks and rolls even in calm weather. Food is just okay, not vegan-friendly. The Cat's crew & staff are super nice. I imagine that on a clear, beautiful day in very calm conditions, this could seem like a magical trip. For us, it was too many hours and too much hassle during our vacation. We wouldn't take the Portland-Yarmouth ferry again. On the plus side, Bay Ferries' customer service is responsive and helpful. We had round-trip tickets and were able to switch to the ferry from Digby, NS to Saint John, NB. What a difference! It's only two hours across on a much more comfortable boat. The Fundy Rose has ample outdoor seating and services. And we didn't have to get up at the crack of dawn to get across. This will be the way we go from now on.

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EFFECTIVE JUNE 2016: The CAT Ferry will resume service between Nova Scotia and Maine, replacing the NovaStar Ferry (2014-2015). Reservations are being accepted at http://www.ferries.ca/thecat/ The CAT Ferry operates between Yarmouth, NS and Maine (Bar Harbor & Portland). This high speed catamaran with cruising travel speeds between 38-46 MPH can transport up to 250 vehicles, 14 RVs/buses and 775 passengers to/from Bar Harbor in 3 hours and Portland in just under 6 hours. We booked reservations for The CAT Ferry (one way) from Yarmouth to Portland and got some discount rates for booking early enough and online ($10 web discount) at http://www.catferry.com a subsidiary of Bay Ferries Ltd based in Charlottetown, PE. CAA/AAA Discounts are also offered for round trips. The cost for two passengers and one vehicle came out to $303 one way. The Sunday ferry departure time from Yarmouth was at 4:00 PM (Atlantic Time) and ferry arrival time in Portland was at 8:45 PM (Eastern Time). We arrived at the terminal around 3:00 PM and vehicles (mostly MA/NH/NY plates) were lined up along Water Street entering the security gate. We were asked to present passports & tickets, answer questions as we entered the gate. We were given a US Customs declaration form to fill out for later. Vehicles line up accordingly and you drive your own vehicle onto the boat. Above the vehicle/cargo holding areas, is the large passenger area of one level consisting of several lounge, snack bars, restaurant, casino, duty free gift shop, and outside observation area in the back of the boat (smoking area). Each of the lounges has comfortable seating and showed various programming such as CTV, CBS (sports/news), cartoons, and movies such as Chronicles of Narnia, Maid of Honor, Indiana Jones, High School Musical 2, Wild Hogs, and Kung Fu Panda. All purchases on the boat are TAX FREE in US Dollars, $10 credit card minimum/no debit. You are allowed to bring your own food onboard. The food served on the boat is pretty generic (Sysco food products). The front and back snack bars offers popcorn, hot dogs, chips, sandwiches, muffins, yogurt, pizza, and drinks (including alcohol, Pepsi products, and Starbucks Coffee) and the center cafeteria style restaurant offers chili, chicken dinners, soups, chowder, salads, sandwiches, and drinks. The prices are fair; a large soda was $1.75, pizza slice was $3.00, and hot dog & chips was $2.95. The casino has slot machines (2 or 3 tokens to play) and video poker. The small gift shop offers souvenirs, candies, food, and gifts from Nova Scotia & Maine plus duty free liquor, cigarettes, and jewelry. I spent a good deal of time on the outside back observation deck, using my binoculars to whale watch, scan the Maine coast (I saw Monhegan Island at sunset), and watching the waves & foam from the boat. When the boat was docking at Portland, vehicle passengers were instructed to return to their vehicles below and foot passengers assembled in the center lounge. Vehicles drove off the boat in waves and there were five long vehicle lines for the US Customs, which took us 90 minutes to clear, ouch! I left enough fuel in my car for idling when I left Nova Scotia (gas was over $5/gallon) with the intention of tanking up in Maine where gas is a lot cheaper. Overall, The CAT Ferry provides quick water transportation between Nova Scotia and Maine, which is a time saver if you don't feel like driving hundreds of kilometers/miles back all the way around through Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Northern Maine. The ride was mostly smooth with a few rocking bumps along the way. However the ferry is VERY PRICEY, especially for large families. Personally, I would recommend using The CAT Ferry for one way travel between Yarmouth/Bar Harbor and drive to/from Canada/USA by land via Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The few hours of extra driving for larger groups can save hundreds of dollars. In 2010-2015 seasons, there was no CAT Ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland.

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It was nice. Yeah, they have a newer boat that cuts across from Nova Scotia to Maine, they have entertainment, food, ect.. on board. you can go outside for fresh air. I can't complain. Its not like a cruise or anything though, just away to get from one side to the other, but if I needed to cross the Gulf of Maine again I would use them.

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Taking the CAT has been on my list of things to do since I moved to Portland Maine. The experience was lovely. The crew was very nice, helpful and professional. I took my car and dog. The crew member could see I was nervous about the dog being alone for so long and promised to visit with him through the ride. On the way back I was late to the boarding and the company called me on my way and assisted me with finding the ferry. On board are 3 lounges with a variety of snacks and beverages. My gorgeous trip to Nova Scotia began and ended with a very comfortable time on the CAT and their superior customer service.

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The CAT ferry between Portland Me and Yarmouth NS is alive and well . We took it as part of our Motorcycle trip to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. It leaves early afternoon from Portland and gets into Yarmouth after 10 pm . It's advisable to have lodging right in Yarmouth because sometimes Customs can take longer. Being on the bike we came off the ferry first and got through right away. The travelers in cars had a longer wait to get off the ferry. Great thing about the ferry it shaves off a big chunk of time coming from NJ. It allowed us to get to Cape Breton and do the Cabot trail. We stayed at the Best Western in Yarmouth . It was fine.

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Great way to end a vacation in Cape Breton and return home to Maine. Friendly crew, efficient loading, smooth sailing and even cappuccino on board. Enjoyed watching families play games provided through the bursar's office while also reading a good book. Saw dolphins, lots of sea birds, no whales this time.

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The CAT Ferry: Bar Harbor, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

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Canada Trip, Part One: Taking the CAT ferry from Bar Harbor, Maine to Yarmouth Nova Scotia. 🌊🌊🌊

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To kick off our Canadian vacation, we took CAT Ferry to Nova Scotia, and what an absolutely fun journey and family memory. The CAT Ferry leaves from Bar Harbor and arrives in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. First of all, the coastal drive up to Bar Harbor is gorgeous by itself. Bar Harbor is the Acadia region of Maine, and you can see why many people stop here for camping, summer vacations, or to explore the downtown area.

I also keep getting the question: Is there a ferry from Portland Maine to Yarmouth Nova Scotia? The answer is unfortunately no, there is not. There used to be a ferry out of Portland but the location moved to Bar Harbor in 2019.

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After getting our passports checked at the customs gate, we boarded the CAT around 3 PM, and it was so cool! The kids were wide eyed as we drove our car right onto the vessel. The folks directing traffic made the entire process seamless and easy. We parked the car and made our way to the upstairs passenger area was huge, with so many seating options and great for the kids to run around. We found a four seater with a table in the middle which was perfect for our family. We got some fantastic travel activity trays for the kids that they absolutely loved. These trays were a lifesaver in the car as well at many times during our vacation.

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How fast does the CAT Ferry go? About 51 miles per hour! During the three and a half hour passage, Parker and I took turns going outside to see the truly incredible ocean views. It was breathtaking. There are very sturdy gates on the outside viewing areas, but we had decided beforehand our kids were just too young to be out there. Which was fine, as they had a fantastic view from inside!

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The floor to ceiling windows inside of the vessel are just beautiful and provide panoramic views of the ocean. We saw boats and islands an we even saw a few seals! My husband is convinced he also saw a whale on the passage over. Our youngest one was sure he saw some turtles :)

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On board, there is a lovely gift shop, food and drinks for sale, movies playing, outlets for electronics and even live music. It was such a great and relaxing way to travel. We really made some awesome family members on board the CAT Ferry.

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I can't wait to share the rest of our trip with you in the next few blog posts! We really did a lot in this area of Canada , Yarmouth, to Halifax, all the way up to Prince Edward Island and then back down to Digby! The CAT ferry was such a wonderful way to start our Canadian vacation. This mode of transportation was so much less stressful with the kids for us than flying. Many kind people and grandparents around helping us out on the journey! If you've ever thought about taking the CAT ferry to Yarmouth, I would definitely recommend it and can't wait to do it again!

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To find out more about the CAT Ferry, check them out here: https://www.ferries.ca/

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10:00 am  start in Bar Harbor drive for about 2 hours

12:00 pm   Whiting (Maine) stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:00 pm drive for about 1.5 hours

2:24 pm   Saint John stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:24 pm drive for about 1 hour

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10:00 am  leave from Fundy National Park drive for about 51 minutes

10:51 am   Moncton stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:51 am drive for about 49 minutes

12:40 pm   Amherst (Nova Scotia) stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:40 pm drive for about 1 hour

2:47 pm   Truro (Canada) stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:47 pm drive for about 1 hour

4:59 pm  arrive at Nova Scotia stay at Halifax Citadel

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Whiting (Maine) Saint John Fundy National Park   (2 mentions) Moncton   (5 answers) Amherst (Nova Scotia) Truro (Canada)

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We, my husband and 4 adult children, are all set for our June trip to Bar Harbor. We have our house and your great restaurant recommendations. We will be there 7 nights.

Any opinions on a day trip to Nova Scotia?

We are also planning a kayak tour? Any opinions on Acadia Park Kayak Tours? It seems to be a one man operation who will take out just the six of us.

Thanks for your input,

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RE: the day trip to Nova Scotia. Save your money. Nova Scotia is worth a vacation trip in itself. You won't see enough in one day to justify the $$$.

I haven't heard anything one way or the other about Acadia Park Kayak.

The two oldest tours are Coastal Kayaking Tours:

http://www.acadiafun.com

and National Park Sea Kayak Tours:

http://www.acadiakayak.com

Both have several guides and good transportation to take you to interesting areas.

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As a resident of Nova Scotia, I totally agree with cwvoight. After the ferry ride, you are in Yarmouth, located in the southwestern part of Nova Scotia. Not much to see or do there, and I do think you'd be disappointed in your day trip.

...and Mahone Bay is a very picturesque part of Nova Scotia. I still can remember the three churches reflected in the waters of the bay.

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He said that he has other people that work part time for him but that he leads most of the tours so it is almost a one man show.

The instruction he gave at the beginning of the trip was very good and really made us feel comfortable using the kayaks and then once we were out on the water he continued to give us pointers that were helpful.

Besides answering all of or questions knowledgeably, and giving easy to understand instructions, he had his eyes on us the entire trip and made sure we were close to him which made us feel very safe.

I remember specifically going past some rocks where there were waves breaking on them where our guide slowed down, got between us and the rocks, and made sure to shepherd the group away from them as we approached them.

Another group from one of the other companies was coming from the other direction with a very young girl as their guide and not only did she not stay between her group and the rocks but there were people in here group way ahead of and way behind her. The people behind here got very close to the rocks as they went by them and their kayak was getting tossed around by the waves more than a little and she didn't even look back to see how they were doing.

I noticed this because our guide was watching her group with a concerned look on his face.

I asked him who the group was with and he said that they were from Coastal kayaking.

when I asked him if he thought their guides were any good he said that they have a large staff and hire new people each year so that he couldn't make any generalizations (or something like that).

I think that was his way of avoiding openly criticizing them but it was apparent from the look on his face what he really thought.

I am very glad we went out with Acadia Park Kayak Tours and after seeing what we saw strongly suggest you go out with him/them if you go kayaking.

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I believe that Acadiaphile might not be a real poster. Acadiaphile wrote an article in Nov 2008 about Sea Kayaking and in that article they wrote about Acadia Kayak company. Check out the profile.

I'm not telling you not to use Acadia Kayak as I don't have any first hand knowledge of their company. I was just curious about that post with the glowing review and then the post by innstitches who has a very good reputation on these forums.

This post was determined to be inappropriate by the Tripadvisor community and has been removed.

Several media outlets have a report today announcing that the CAT will cease operation...unless ofcourse they are offered gov't money...Stay tuned!

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Marketing efforts launched earlier than ever, longer 2024 season planned for CAT ferry service

Vehicles drive off The CAT ferry after arriving in Yarmouth after a crossing from Bar Harbor, Maine, during the 2023 sailing season. TINA COMEAU

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YARMOUTH, N.S. — The CAT ferry will make more ferry crossings during its 2024 season with marketing efforts already well underway to entice people coming to and from Nova Scotia this spring, summer and fall to purchase tickets ahead of the May season start.

“Bay Ferries launched The CAT 2024 ticket sales on 2023 Black Friday weekend – earlier than ever before,” said Jessica Gillis, director of Marketing and Customer Experience for Bay Ferries.

“Marketing efforts started then and will increase as the operating season approaches as they usually do with digital and traditional media efforts."

The CAT sails between Bar Harbor, Maine and Yarmouth, N.S. The province of Nova Scotia contracts Bay Ferries to operate the international ferry service.

The 2024 season will begin on May 17 – ahead of the Victoria Day May long weekend, whereas last year's season started May 25.

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CAT's season saw 38,399 passengers: Wildfires, flooding, post-tropical storms impacted 2023 numbers

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Nova Scotia government awards contract for economic study of CAT ferry service

This year’s season runs to Oct. 15. Last year it ended on Oct. 9.

The ferry has also extended its daily round-trip crossings. The ferry will sail daily from June 20 to Sept. 16 in 2024, compared to June 29 to Sept. 4 in 2023.

On both ends of that schedule the ferry will operate five days a week.

Asked about its most important markets, Gillis said they are targeting the northeastern United States – primarily Massachusetts, Maine, New York and New Hampshire – along with Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario.

Still, the ferry attracts passengers coming from throughout the United States, based on the licence plates seen disembarking from it.

Marketing efforts

Like previous sailing seasons, Bay Ferries is offering special fares and discount specials to get the ball rolling.

“Our special offers help both in engaging prospective travelers to consider The CAT, as well as encouraging them to finalize and book their summer travel plans,” Gillis said.

There is an early booking sale whereby people purchasing tickets between Jan. 17 and March 17 can save 25 per cent on fares for passengers and vehicles. The corresponding travel time is June 20 to Sept. 16.

There is a ‘One, Two, FREE’ promotion where you pay for tickets for two passengers and can get free passage in your travel party for up to three additional passengers. The two paying passengers must be the highest fares in the booking.

Children six and under travel free all season.

The 'One, Two, FREE' offer is also combinable with the Nova Scotia Resident Discount. That is a discount Bay Ferries offers every sailing season to residents of Nova Scotia, whereby they can save 50 per cent on passenger fares all season long for one-way or return travel.

The CAT ferry arrives in Yarmouth harbour after making a crossing during the 2023 season from Bar Harbor, Maine. Tina Comeau

“The Nova Scotia Resident Discount is our way of saying thank you to Nova Scotians who ultimately help support this vital transportation link between Nova Scotia and Maine and we hope they can experience The CAT,” Gillis said.

In 2023, the ferry transported 38,399 passengers to and from Nova Scotia.

This was an increase of 2,248 passengers over the 2022 season, which had been the ferry’s first year of operation following a three-year hiatus due to COVID in 2021 and 2020 and construction of the Bar Harbor terminal in 2019.

But last year also came with challenges.

The 2023 season was significantly impacted by extreme weather-related events in Nova Scotia, including a series of wildfires early in the season followed by record rainfall and flooding during the summer. Post-tropical storms Lee and Phillipe led to canceled crossings in the fall.

“Weather has a major influence on discretionary travel. The estimated impact of the significant weather events and wildfires was a loss in the order of 5,000 passengers,” Bay Ferries said.

Ferry impacts

Neil MacKenzie, the CEO of Yarmouth and Acadian Shore Tourism Association (YASTA), spoke about The CAT’s impact during a rural tourism panel hosted by IGNITE in Yarmouth last fall.

MacKenzie noted marketing is expensive and tourism associations like YASTA don’t have endless funds. This is where the importance of consistency comes into play with the ferry service.

“We’re trying to build awareness of Yarmouth and Acadian Shores in Nova Scotia and northeast U.S. What you need is consistency. The ferry consistency is key with that,” he said, instead of there always being a question mark hanging over the service regarding whether the government will keep or scrap the service.

The Cat ferry sails into Yarmouth Harbour after making a crossing from Bar Harbor, Maine. Tina Comeau

MacKenzie said consistency equates to building better awareness of the service. It also helps tourism operators make plans.

“When it’s consistent and long term and something that we can depend on, you can build more partnerships and relationships and marketing around that,” he said.

Last year the service was still recovering from years of interruption that COVID caused. In 2023, U.S. citizens represented approximately 76 per cent of all passengers on the ferry. Before the pandemic, it was in the 80-85 per cent range.

Study underway

The province is undertaking a broad economic study of the service that will take into account data from the 2023 and 2024 seasons to evaluate the economic return of the service. Last September the government awarded an $180,000 contract to the consulting firm 21FSP to carry out the study.

"This level of detail has never been gathered before. It will help us determine if the service is providing good value to Nova Scotian taxpayers,” said Public Works Minister Kim Masland. A final report is expected in the fall of 2024.

The province's 10-year ferry contract with Bay Ferries is set to expire in March 2026.

Looking at the YASTA region, MacKenzie didn't have the latest 2023 stats, but he said in past years, like 2017, the ferry's contribution was part of an overall tourism industry scenario that, combined, brought in around $71 million in tourism dollars spent within the region. "Things have certainly changed since then."

Still, when the ferry isn’t running, its absence is felt.

The CAT ferry prepares to dock in Yarmouth after its crossing from Bar Harbor, Maine. Tina Comeau

“Without that international ferry service in place, the spend is around $31 million. So significant amounts of funds are spent."

MacKenzie noted a past exit survey with travelers showed visitors to the province via the ferry spent more in general than other visitors. On average, it tended to be around $2,500 per the average ferry party.

“The American visitors are spending more. They’re staying longer. Their parties are larger so there’s more of them. And they’re more likely to be first-time visitors, which is great because that means they’re spending more time traveling around the province.”

MacKenzie noted tourism is “an amazing economic boost and economic generator” for the province.

“Even before I got into tourism I didn’t realize the impact that tourism has from an economic perspective. It’s only growing.”

Ongoing marketing

Bay Ferries will keep getting the word out about Nova Scotia through its marketing – although it cannot solely be held responsible for getting people to come to Nova Scotia. A big part of tourism marketing falls to the province itself.

The ferry operator is participating in a series of consumer and travel trade events during the off-season. In partnership with YASTA, it was taking part in the Jan. 26-28 New York Travel & Adventures Show . There are also motorcoach shows, including the American Bus Association and other travel trade opportunities such as Discover New England it will take part in.

“All of this with the ultimate goal of continuing to grow the ridership and bring high-value tourists to Nova Scotia,” Gillis said, noting getting out into the public makes an impact.

“It is very beneficial to speak face-to-face with potential travelers. They have questions about The CAT itself – i.e. speed, size of the vessel, the experience, what’s on board, etc. – driving distances from their point of origin and within Nova Scotia, what to see and do in Nova Scotia, as well as how many days they should plan to spend in Nova Scotia,” said Gillis. “The direct conversation allows us to answer questions directly and provide recommendations and literature, much like a concierge travel service.”

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Do you need a passport to go from Maine to Nova Scotia?

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Yes, all travelers are required to show a valid passport to enter both Canada and the United States.

Can I get into Nova Scotia without a passport?

Entering Nova Scotia Airports via Canada Customs: Citizens of the United States (U.S.) traveling between the U.S. and Canada now require a valid U.S. passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner document.

How long is the ferry from Maine to Nova Scotia?

The high-speed CAT ferry travels between Bar Harbor, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in just 3.5 hours. RVs, pickups, SUVs, cars, tour buses, motorcycles, and bicycles are welcome aboard The CAT – as well as walk-on passengers and four-legged friends.

Do you need a passport to go on a cruise to Nova Scotia?

Yes, US citizens will need a valid passport with at least six months until expiration. If you are traveling with children under 16, they will also need their passports or other accepted documentation.

Do you need a passport to go to Canada by car by 2023?

Entry into Canada: Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry proof of citizenship and identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens. Children under 16 only need proof of U.S. citizenship.

Travel from Bar Harbor, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on The CAT

Can americans go to canada without a passport.

A valid US passport with at least three months’ validity is mandatory for all American passport holders flying to Canada. Not only is a passport required for entry into Canada, but it is also needed for re-entry into the United States.

How can I cross into Canada without a passport?

Generally, if you’re not a Canadian or U.S. citizen, you require a valid passport or visa to enter Canada. There are two exceptions: U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents may use their I-551 (“Green Card”) — instead of a passport — for travel between Canada and the United States, by air, land, or sea.

Can you get off a cruise ship in Canada without a passport?

If you are a U.S. citizen and your cruise embarks or disembarks in a foreign country, including Canada, you will always need your passport for the cruise (in some cases, a passport card will suffice). You’ll also need a passport for a cruise that begins and ends in different U.S. ports.

Can I use US dollars in Nova Scotia?

The American Dollar is also widely accepted in shops and gas stations throughout the province, although often at a lower rate than you’d get from the bank or a hotel exchange desk.

What happens if you go on a cruise without a passport?

If you take closed loop cruises (meaning your trip begins and ends at a U.S. port), you can sail to a variety of dreamy destinations as a U.S. citizen without a passport. For “closed-loop” cruises, U.S. citizens will need to provide: A boarding pass. A government photo I.D.

What is the best month to visit Nova Scotia?

The best time to visit Nova Scotia is in the summer, during July and August. These months are the warmest. Spring, fall, and winter all offer different experiences. Our local travel experts can help you choose when to visit based on what you want to see and do.

Does the ferry still run from Bar Harbor to Nova Scotia?

The ferry operated in 2022, and the Nova Scotia Tourism authorities are confident it will run for years to come. The good news is that the ferry is now located in Bar Harbor, and the bad news is that the ferry is located in Bar Harbor.

Do you need a car in Nova Scotia?

If driving your own car to Nova Scotia isn’t an option, here are some ways to explore the province and make the most of your visit. Public transit – Halifax, Sydney, and the Annapolis Valley have public transit networks that can help you travel throughout these regions.

Can I use my birth certificate to go to Canada?

Canada requires proof of citizenship or resident status to enter the country under §§14(3) and 14(4) of the Passport and Travel Documents section of the Immigration Regulations of Canada (enclosed). A birth certificate is one form of proof.

Can I get into Canada with a driver’s license?

A valid U.S. passport or Passport Card is preferred, although a birth certificate, naturalization certificate, citizenship certificate, or another document proving U.S. nationality, together with a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license), are acceptable to establish identity and nationality.

Is it worth going to Nova Scotia?

Nova Scotia is known as the most beautiful maritime province in Canada, and this is why it should be on everyone’s list. Regarded as the most stunningly beautiful province in Canada, Nova Scotia boasts a great expanse of coastline, laidback maritime culture, and delicious cuisine.

Do they speak English in Nova Scotia?

English is the only spoken language of the vast majority of the people. Nova Scotians who speak only French are few. However, both Gaelic and the native language of the Mi’kmaq have experienced a renaissance in recent years.

How many days do you need to visit Nova Scotia?

The magical “grounded-ness’” to this place is kind of indescribable. It’s just good Ol’ Nova Scotia. To really experience Halifax and explore the more remote corners of the province, I’d suggest carving out seven to 10 days to take it all in.

Can I use my US debit card in Canada?

For example, a United States-issued Bank of America debit card will work at Canadian retailers, but the user does incur a three-percent foreign transaction fee for each purchase. Note that debit cards differ from credit cards in that they draw real-time on money in your bank account.

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