Pet-Friendly Travel In Canada’s East Coast

A guide to travelling with your furry friends

Vacation is all about getting away with the people you love and when travelling to—and around—the Maritimes by ferry that includes your furry friends. From planning to setting sail, here is everything you need to know for the purrfect trip with your cat or wooferful getaway with your dog aboard Bay Ferries and Northumberland Ferries.

Vacation Preparation 

When it comes to travelling with a pet, vacation preparation is key. Before you leave, take a look through your pet’s paperwork and make sure they have all of the appropriate veterinary travel documents. Don’t forget to ensure all required injections are current and, if your pet is on any medications, visit the vet prior to your trip and pack the necessary supplies. If travelling internationally, be sure to look into customs requirements for Canada and the United States.

Pet-Friendly Ferry Policies 

The best way to truly experience the Maritimes is by sea. Luckily, each and every one of our ferry services is waiting to welcome you and your four-legged friends aboard. On The CAT, travelling between Nova Scotia and Maine, and The Fundy Rose, travelling between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, your pets will feel right at home in the comfort of your vehicle or in our kennel facilities (no reservation required). While on the mv Confederation and mv Holiday Island, travelling between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, your pet can experience the ride right along with you—in a travel kennel while inside the ferry or leashed on deck.

Travel Transportation Tips 

When travelling with your pet, it’s all about making them as comfortable as possible for the journey ahead. Here are our pet-friendly pointers for your ferry trip:

  • Create a home away from home: Whether in the car, in our kennel, or on deck, make your pet at home with familiar items such as their bedding or favorite toy. This will instantly help them to feel more secure and relaxed.
  • Plan mealtimes: Some pups can be sensitive to motion, so help make things a little easier on their stomach by serving their meal well before transit (4-6 hours is ideal). You’ll also want to provide your pet with water for their trip.
  • Schedule activity: Let your furry friend run or take them for a long walk prior to the ferry crossing—a tired dog is much more likely to remain calm during transit.

Discover The Destination

Once you arrive at your destination, you’ll quickly discover plenty of things to do. Whether you’re camping or staying in one of the region’s many pet-friendly accommodations, you’re never far away from fun that is certain to get everyone’s tail wagging!

On Prince Edward Island, you can bring your pet to play on one of the iconic red-sand beaches throughout the province. Most beaches on PEI are dog-friendly and offer great opportunities for you and Fido to breathe in the fresh ocean air and relax.

Nova Scotia is home to many dog-friendly hiking trails throughout the province. Whether you’re looking for a quick walk or a more challenging experience, you and your pet will find everything from seaside strolls to mountain hikes that will provide you with some of the most beautiful views imaginable. Be sure to bring extra snacks and water when you head out on your hike, for yourself and your dog!

In New Brunswick, you’ll find beautiful parks where you and your pet can enjoy a game of fetch, take a relaxing walk along the coast, and then spend the night under the stars. With so many new smells, sights, and sounds to discover, your four-legged friend may never want to leave. But don’t worry, they’ll always be welcomed back!

Ready to plan your trip to the Maritimes with your very best friend? Book your trip on Bay Ferries and Northumberland Ferries. Then simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

Do you have more questions about our pet policies? Don’t hesitate to get in touch at 1-877-762-7245 prior to your sailing.

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