|Bar Harbor ME—Nova Scotia Ferry|
|International ferry service between Bar Harbor, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada has been cancelled for the 2021 season because of COVID19. If/when the service begins again, the information below may be useful.|
As noted above, this service has been cancelled for the 2021 season due to the closure of international borders incident to the COVID19 pandemic. It is hoped the service can resume in 2022. The information below is from before the pandemic (2019).
Previously this service operated between Portland ME and Yarmouth, but the Portland service has been replaced by the Bar Harbor service.
The ferry arrives and departs from the Bar Harbor Ferry Terminal on Bluenose Lane, 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 (map).
Don't Forget Your Passport!
Remember to bring your passport, passport card or other acceptable border-crossing identification document. (Note: a normal driver's license or birth certificate is not valid for border crossings! More...)
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.
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 at 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.
Aboard The Cat
The vessel, The Cat, is a fast, comfortable catamaran car-and-passenger ferry boasting cafés, a cafeteria, movie area, children's play area, and gift shop.
Spend the Night in Nova Scotia
This means, of course, that if you go from Portland to Yarmouth, you will stay at least one night in Nova Scotia. The next ferry from Yarmouth to Bar Harbor will be the next morning.
Use this handy Hotel Search Box to compare prices and facilities among lodgings in Yarmouth for the night:
To explore Nova Scotia on your Two-Nation Vacation, you may find it less expensive to rent a car in Yarmouth than to ferry your own car between countries.
One-way passenger fares are US$99 per adult (14 to 59 years old), US$ 95 per Senior (60+), US$60 per youth (6 to 13), free for kids 5 and younger. Round-trip fares for both vehicles and passengers are discounted. Also, check the current special offers.
Fares for motor vehicles up to 20 feet (6 meters) in length and no more than 7 feet high start at US$174 one-way ($273 with the driver included); bicycles and motorcycles cost less, RVs more.
Make your reservations online on www.ferries.ca.
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...
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...
—by Tom Brosnahan