General Information

Northumberland Ferries Limited

Since 1941, Northumberland Ferries has been transporting passengers and their vehicles between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. 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) and on the mv Holiday Island,  soft-serve cones are available in our snack shop (on select sailings). For local souvenirs, check out the Caribou Ferry Terminal, home to Caribou Gifts (open daily between 10am-6pm) or visit In Good Taste Gift Shop aboard the mv Confederation. 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. 

Fun fact – 99% of passengers surveyed in 2018 would recommend our ferry service to a friend!

Ferry Information

  • Two conventional ferries:
    mv CONFEDERATION
    mv HOLIDAY ISLAND
  • Service speed approximately 14 knots
  • Route — 75 minutes
  • Up to 9 departures per day (peak season) from each port
  • Save Driving up to 100 km to Halifax and 300 km to eastern Nova Scotian destinations

mv Confederation

An image rendering of the confederation NFL ferry on a sunny day.

General Particulars

  • Builder: Pictou Industries Ltd. – Pictou, NS
  • Class Society: Lloyd’s Registry
  • Length Overall: 114.2m
  • Beam Overall: 18.77m
  • Draft: 4.439m
  • Speed: 18 knots
  • Gross Tonnage: 8060
  • Net Tonnage: 5997
  • Passenger Capacity: 600
  • Vehicle Capacity: 220
  • Propulsion: Oil Engines, Geared Drive
  • Engines: Oil
  • Air Conditioning: Yes
  • Evacuation: MEC
  • Crew Compliment: 18

mv Holiday Island

General Particulars

  • Builder: Port Weller Drydock – Port Weller, Ontario
  • Class Society: Lloyd’s Registry
  • Length Overall: 99.06 m
  • Draft: 5.00 m
  • Speed: 12 knots
  • Gross Tonnage: 3037
  • Net Tonnage: 1593
  • Maximum Total Persons On Board: 399
  • Vehicle Capacity: 155
  • Propulsion: Oil Engines, Geared Drive
  • Engines: Oil
  • Air Conditioning: No
  • Evacuation: Davit launch lifeboats and liferafts
  • Crew Compliment: 22

Ferry Terminal Contact Information

Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island

23 Service Road
Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island
C0A 1B0
Phone: 902-962-2016

Caribou, Nova Scotia

3722 Highway 106
Caribou, Nova Scotia
B0K 1H0
Phone: 902-485-6580

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