March 9, 2022
There’s no backdrop more beautiful for a coastal getaway than Nova Scotia, and no better — or faster — way to get there than aboard The CAT high-speed car ferry. We’re so excited to set sail this season and are looking forward to you joining us! With room for 200 cars and 866 people, The CAT really is the best, most convenient way to kick off your Nova Scotia experience. And while there are a million reasons why you should set sail on The CAT this year, we’ve narrowed down our top ten to share with you:
Maybe we’re a little biased, but there’s no place else on Earth quite like the Maritimes, Canada’s incredible eastern coast. With rugged shorelines shaped by ocean waves, lush green forests teeming with wildlife, endless stretches of pristine sandy beaches, mighty mountains, rolling hills, and friendly folks, The Maritimes have it all.
Did you know that Nova Scotia has more coastline than California? It’s true! And settlers, explorers, and visitors have traveled to its shores by sea for centuries. Now, you can follow in their wake aboard The CAT. As soon as you feel the thrill of sighting land, we think you’ll agree that the best way to truly discover its coastal beauty is by sea.
On The CAT, you can trade in the open road for the open ocean and set sail on the high seas. Propelled by our high-speed vessel, an adventure on the Atlantic Ocean is truly an experience you’ll never forget! And the journey on The CAT is as memorable as it is fast! Its high-speed turbo jets propel you between Bar Harbor, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, in just 3.5 hours, giving you more time to explore the beauty beyond the horizon.
When you travel aboard The CAT, you can say goodbye to cramped cars and so long to overly snug back seats. And instead, you can say hello to comfortable spots to kick back and relax while somebody else handles the driving. Grab a bite to eat, find a cozy chair in the onboard movie area, or scope out a secluded spot to just unwind before the next leg of your journey. You might just say the ferry is the perfect spot for a “cat” nap!
In addition to being convenient and fast, The CAT crew is full of the Maritime charm you’ve come to expect. From our reservation specialists who help plan your adventure to those aboard who are eager to welcome you, our knowledgeable staff and crew are there every step of the way to ensure that your trip is smooth sailing from port to port.
The CAT is the perfect way to travel, especially if you have young children. That’s because kids six years and younger travel for free. Not only that, but your entire family is welcome aboard The CAT, including furry family members! Dogs can enjoy the ride from the comfort and familiarity of your vehicle or our kennel facilities. Your onboard experience offers tons of family-friendly activities, like daily movies in our onboard movie lounge and a variety of toys and games in our Little Mates Quarters.
Traveling on The CAT is more than a journey, it’s an experience! This summer sit back, relax, and enjoy live East Coast entertainment – The CAT’s Music on The Gulf program features regional musical talent guaranteed to get your toes tapping. View the schedule.
To fuel the journey ahead, The CAT has not one, but three dining options — Sip at Sea Café, Scotia Market, and Forchu Lounge. So satisfy your appetite with seafood specialties, try a locally crafted brew or wine, and serve up some kid-friendly snacks, all while taking in the beautiful ocean views.
Our Scotia Market gift shop is filled with unique and authentic souvenirs — all locally made. Whether you’re just starting your journey or are on the home stretch, The CAT is the perfect place to grab a special memento of your Maritime trip.
The East Coast has a vibrant cultural scene, and the events taking place in the Maritimes this summer are not to be missed! Get the fun started as soon as you disembark by taking a look at what’s happening on the Yarmouth and Acadian Shores before making your way through the Maritimes on an unforgettable scenic drive.
With The CAT coming back, we want to make it easier than ever to experience it for yourself. Not only does The CAT get you to the Maritimes faster, it also saves you money! Learn more about this special offer.
Fast, convenient, comfy, and the perfect kick-off to your Maritime vacation — are you feeling inspired to set sail on The CAT yet? Book your adventure today online or by calling 1-877-762-7245.
Whether it’s your first time to Canada’s East Coast, or you are a regular to our shores, when you set out to explore the Maritime provinces, you are in for beauty, adventure — and boatloads of savings!