Northumberland Ferries Limited

The way Atlantic Canada was meant to be explored—by sea.

Since 1941, Northumberland Ferries has been transporting passengers and their vehicles between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. In fact, you probably remember taking the ferry as a child – it’s time to make those special memories again with your family! This 75-minute ferry trip runs across the Northumberland Strait between Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island and Caribou, Nova Scotia, just outside of historic Pictou. Walk or drive aboard our vessels – the mv Confederation and the mv Holiday Island – then relax, stretch your legs, and experience the beauty of the Maritime sea and sky.

For local souvenirs, check out the Caribou Ferry Terminal, home to Caribou Gifts a (open daily between 10am-6pm) or visit In Good Taste Gift Shop aboard the mv Confederation. Summertime crossings feature unforgettable Seaside Experiences, a showcase of the finest music, entertainment, food, wine, and beer samplings the region has to offer. Treat yourself to a meal or snack onboard in our Salt Water Café which features a selection of locally-sourced hot and cold menu items. In the summer months, be sure to enjoy a delicious ice cream treat from COWS Ice Cream (mv Confederation). If travelling on the mv Holiday Island, treat yourself to a delicious soft-serve cone in our snack shop (on select sailings). An outdoor seating area allows passengers to enjoy the fresh sea air during the crossing along with the best photo-ops of the coastline.

Make an advance reservation for the crossing time of your choice online or call toll free 1-877-762-7245. By taking the ferry, you’ll even save up to 100km driving between Charlottetown and Halifax, or up to 300km from Charlottetown to any eastern Nova Scotian destination.

Please Note – It is recommended (but not mandatory) that you make a reservation when departing from Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island or if making a return trip from Caribou, Nova Scotia. Effective July 2018, reservations are available for one-way trips from Caribou, Nova Scotia to Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island for a fee of $78 if booked online or a fee of $83 if booked through our call center (note that a $5 reservation fee is applied to all telephone reservations). If you do not have a reservation, the one-way crossing from Caribou, Nova Scotia to Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island is free but your spot is not guaranteed.

Fun fact – 99% of passengers surveyed in 2017 would recommend our ferry service to a friend!

We’ve Joined Green Marine

Green Marine LogoWe care about the waters we sail. They’re our playground and we’re committed to keeping them clean and safe. That’s why Northumberland Ferries Limited have signed on as the newest members of Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental program for the maritime industry in North America.

Green Marine certification is a rigorous and transparent process, and the program offers a detailed roadmap to address key environmental issues such as air and greenhouse gas emissions, underwater noise, oily water, and garbage management. Learn more about the Green Marine program here.

Add the ferry to your travel plans, and add memories to your journey.

What to do in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

There is plenty waiting for you on both sides of the sea. In Nova Scotia, marvel at the world’s highest tides, legendary whale watching, majestic lighthouses, and extraordinary beaches. Nova Scotia has outdoor adventures, vibrant city life, and everything in between. Fall into PEI’s easy, relaxed pace and find out why this gentle island is famous for so many things: world-class golf, renowned culinary scene, literary heroine Anne of Green Gables, fun-filled festivals and events, and some of the most stunning beaches you’ll ever see. And of course, the Island’s signature red soil.

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