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New Ferry to Nova Scotia Means More Excuses for Quick Trips to Canada

March 17, 2014 at 3:02 PM | by | ()

This spring, the Nova Star Ferry will begin service from Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, increasing accessibility for Americans in the northeast to Canada's beautiful maritime province. The ship is currently making its way from Singapore and is scheduled to begin service on May 1st.

We're sure it's a pretty ride across the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, but this ferry will do its best to keep you occupied and spending money onboard with three restaurants, three bars, live entertainment, a movie theater, and a casino. It will also have a fitness center and children’s play area to accompany 163 cabins and the capacity for 1,215 passengers and 336 cars.

The trip will take about 9-11 hours depending on the direction. The ship will depart Portland at 9 p.m. and arrive in Yarmouth at 8 a.m., and the return will depart at 10 a.m. and arrive in Maine at 7 p.m. Nova Star has yet to announce the fares for the trip because it is still waiting on the paperwork for two permits to go through.

How great this news turns out to be depends a lot on the ticket price, but the fact that people from Maine will be able to put their cars on a ferry and scoot over to Nova Scotia for the weekend will seemingly make the journey more affordable than the alternative of flying and renting a vehicle. Yarmouth's coastline is rich with beaches and supports one of the world's largest lobster-fishing cultures. Halifax, Nova Scotia's capital and the site of a good deal of Titanic history, is about a 3.5 hour drive from Yarmouth.

[Photos: Question Navigation/Penbay Pilot]

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