Travel by Boat

Acadia Ferry
The Acadia Ferry

The Bay of Fundy has countless—often free—small car ferries that connect the small Fundy islands to the mainland. In addition to these small ferries, Bay Ferries also operates what is know as the ultimate shortcut to the world’s highest tides. They offer a three hour Fundy-themed cruise across the middle of the Bay of Fundy on their Princess of Acadia Ferry that links Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia. The ferry carries all vehicle types, including RVs and motorcycles. Walk on passengers are also welcomed. The Princess of Acadia provides a unique Atlantic Canadian route that saves on driving and makes getting to your destination an adventure of its own.

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    Patricia Ampfer

    I will be in Halifax this summer and was wondering how to get to the Bay of Fundy for whale watching. Also, can you recommend someplace to stay and also whale watching tours.

    ruth widerker

    this is a very helpful site. How do I get from Bar Harbor to Bay of Fundy and what town do I get to first and does it matter where I stay in Bay of Fundy? Thnx

      Mike Postma

      Hi Ruth, the easiest way would be to drive. You could either drive to Campobello Island (which will be closest) or you can drive up and enter Canada via St. Stephen. From there it’s a relatively quick trip to St. Andrews or even St. John. Where you should go and stay really depends on what you’re looking to get out of your trip though. If you’d like more help, please send a quick email with what you’re looking for to [email protected].

    Mariam

    How can I travel to Saint John or Yarmouth (or anywhere Canadian) from Bar Harbor, other then driving? Thanks!

      Mike Postma

      You could take a 20 minute drive from Bar Harbor to Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport near Trenton. From there you could fly to Boston using Cape Air (https://www.capeair.com/). And from Boston you can fly to Saint John (NB), Moncton (NB) or Halifax (NS). That being said, in my opinion driving is by far the best way if you’re that close already. Saint John is “only” a 4 hour drive from Bar Harbor and it’s quite a scenic route. I am not 100% sure, but there might also be tour buses that you could take.

    Marie-Hélène Tabah

    Thank you !

    Now, I would need to know how to get to Brier Island from Digby, when you don’t have any car…well, are on your feet ….and how much money should I plan for it, and also for the St-John’s ferry to Digby and other ferries…?

    Thanks again !

    Marie-Hélène

    Marie-Hélène Tabah

    Hi,

    I just wanted to know if there would be any ferry that goes dirctly from St-John’s NB to Brier Island NS ?

    Thank you !

    MH

      Mike Postma

      No, you’ll have to take 2 or 3 ferries. The first option is to take the ferry from Saint John to Digby and drive from there (http://bit.ly/iWpfrF), the other option is to drive around the Bay of Fundy (http://bit.ly/kj18PB). Regardless of which route you choose, you’ll have to take 2 ferries once you get past Digby. Driving around the Bay is definitely faster, but taking the ferry is more relaxing 🙂

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