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Old 07-21-2016, 04:06 PM   #1
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Nova Scotia to PEI Ferry

We are in the Cape Brenton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia. It is a beautiful wild area.
Tomorrow we leave for six days on Prince Edward Island. We planned to take the ferry over from Pictou to Wood Island. I found out yesterday that they only make round trip reservations and that this season they aren't making any reservations for vehicles over 6' tall.
If we can get the ferry is a 342km/212 mile five hour trip. If we have to drive to the bridge it becomes a 663km/411 mile eight and a half hour drive.
Is anyone familiar with the ferry and the waiting time to get a motorhome on the ferry and the likely hood of our getting on?
We would like to make the 2:45 crossing.
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Arrive when they are opening the entry gate, get in line as directed. The ferry costs to get over to PEI, but driving the bridge leaving PEI is free. If you drive to PEI, it's more expensive, so you're going the right route IMO.
In 2014, there were 20 rigs in our caravan, about 16 were MH's. There were about 3 loaded semi's on the ferry with some of us.(they run 2 ferry boats)
http://www.ferries.ca/ns-pei-ferry/
Commercial vehicles have priority over other vehicles, so you may get bumped to a later sailing. Even though the caravan had reservations, 2-3 of our group didn't arrive at the CG on PEI until nearly sunset that day.
If you don't have a reservation, it's first come-first to board-- except priority commercial traffic.
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The ferry costs to get over to PEI, but driving the bridge leaving PEI is free.

I did not know that. We drove over the bridge to get to PEI (free) then paid $45 to take the bridge back to New Brunswick.



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On June,4 after driving onto PEI form the West we exited on the Woods Island Ferry to Nova Scotia. We made the reservation 3 days ahead with no problem. We have a combined length of 59 ft. with our MH and toad. The cost was approx. $103 Canadian in US $ it is approx. $77. The travel time was just over an hour and we saved $ compared to returning on the bridge as well as fuel savings by not having to back track when we were traveling East.

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I did not know that. We drove over the bridge to get to PEI (free) then paid $45 to take the bridge back to New Brunswick.



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Yep, it's in that ferry link.
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Yep, it's in that ferry link.

Actually, it says:
Payment is only required when you leave Prince Edward Island via the ferry or the Confederation Bridge.

But it's such s great place, you don't want to leave!!


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We wound up taking the ferry onto the island and then took the bridge over to New Brunswick a week later.
We were only charged $64 on the bridge. I think that's less than we would have paid going back on the ferry.
They normally run two ferrys but one is currently down for maintainance. For that reason they are not taking reservations for "high sided" vehicles. Read MH and campers, anything over 6' tall. Priorities for the ferry are 1. Cars with reservations, 2. Commercial trucks, cars without reservations, anyone else and then highsided RVs.
We arrived at 11:30 for the 1:45 ferry. We got on the 6:15 ferry. We would have saved time driving the for hours to go by way of the bridge.
The second ferry should be back running by the end of the summer.
That all said we stayed at Northumberland Provincial Park and at the PEI national park. Both were beautiful.
The provincial and national parks in Canada that we have stayed in have all been great.
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