Travellers from around the world have been making memories on Northumberland Ferries for more than 70 years. When you take the ferry to PEI, it’s more than a convenient way to arrive in the Birthplace of Confederation—it’s an opportunity to recharge, relax, and rediscover the magic of the sea. If you’re planning to visit the Island, here are 10 reasons to start your journey aboard the mv Confederation or the mv Holiday Island.
As soon as you step foot on the ferry to PEI, you can officially say your getaway is beginning. The ferry is the start of your island adventure, offering beautiful scenic views, unforgettable hospitality, and experiences you’ll treasure forever—transforming any trip from routine to unforgettable.
The journey is as important as the destination. On the ferry, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy every moment of that journey. Don’t worry where the next gas station is. Instead, put your feet up, enjoy the atmosphere, and truly experience your voyage to PEI.
With a name like the Maritimes, it only makes sense that you should see our scenic region from the sea. A trip on the ferry to PEI allows you to take in the natural beauty the Maritimes in a way you can’t appreciate from the window of your car. Thanks to our outdoor seating area, you can breathe in the fresh sea air and look out at the majesty of the water as the ferry takes you from Caribou, Nova Scotia to Wood Islands, PEI.
The car can get a little dull after a long drive, can’t it? The kids are in the backseat with their headphones in and your spouse is having a nap on the passenger side. On the ferry, your family can spend time together, watch for seals, birds, and even porpoises from our viewing decks, take in a show, enjoy a meal, and more. There’s simply no comparison between a trip in the car and a trip aboard the ferry to PEI.
Nothing beats an ice cream on a warm day, which is why aboard the mv Confederation you’ll find PEI’s very own Cows Ice Cream! Named “World’s Best Ice Cream” by Tauck World Travel, enjoying a treat from Cows is a PEI tradition. Stop in, order a delicious cone and, while you’re at it, pick up a few of their hilarious t-shirts for the entire family.
All summer long, Northumberland Ferries presents Seaside Experiences. As part of these experiences, guests have the opportunity to learn about local foods from a diverse lineup of talented chefs, including Chef Ilona Daniel, Chef Alain Bosse (better known as The Kilted Chef), Chef Treena MacLeod, and more! The recipes these chefs share are certain to delight your taste buds and provide inspiration for your next meal with friends and family.
In addition to our lineup of chefs, the mv Confederation and mv Holiday Island showcase many amazing local products all summer long. From honey and chocolates to ciders, hot sauces, and beef jerky, you’ll have the opportunity to sample the best that PEI and the Maritimes have to offer. Whether you’re purchasing gifts for friends, or a treat for yourself, you’ll love learning about these amazing Maritime products.
Music on Deck brings our travellers up close and personal with the best local musicians the Maritimes have to offer. These musicians play everywhere, from the viewing decks where the Northumberland Strait acts as a stunning backdrop to their show, to inside the ferries for more intimate performances. No matter your taste in music, our summer performers are certain to get your toes tapping as you make you lovely ferry journey.
At In Good Taste at Sea, you can check out an amazing selection of products created by local merchants living on both sides of the Northumberland Strait. What better way to spend some time on the ferry to PEI than by shopping for remarkable local music, books, accessories, art, and food? You’re certain to find something for everyone at In Good Taste at Sea.
The mv Confederation and mv Holiday Island both offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner services in their onboard cafes. Offering everything from small snacks to full meals, our onboard cafes are full of delicious food at an affordable price. Best of all, once your meal arrives, you can sit on the viewing decks to eat—enhancing your meal with a complementary view of the Maritimes.
There’s no doubt about it, a ferry ride is a must-have experience for adventurers travelling to PEI. With incredible views, wonderful entertainment, and delicious food, you’ll understand why taking the ferry to PEI is integral to your Island getaway.