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We have gone to our summer place on the LaHave Islands from the USA for the past 56 summers, without fail. The LaHave islands have become for us a treasure we enjoy muchly. Also, we ave made great friends with the people there. As a result of our summer visits I was chosen to be the President of the Lunenburg Historical Society for a period of 4 years. It was an upifting exerience for me, as an American, to be the leader if that group. It really was a pity the ferry from Portand to Yarmouth closed down, since, as a result, we had, sadly, to drive all the way around, or take the ferry from St. John to Digby and then drive to the LaHave Islands. A lot of gas, a lot of money!
Justus Fennel February 21, 2014
We have family in Nova Scotia and used to several times a year. In the last few years without the ferry service, we haven't visited as often. We are so happy to hear that the ferry service will resume. This is a very positive thing for Nova Scotia. We look forward to using the ferry this summer. Thank you.
Syam Cafasso November 22, 2013
Finally the province got smart. Now I will be able to visit my Mother's grave in Yarmouth, Nova scotia by just driving to Portland, Maine. It is only about a 7 hour drive where driving to St. John's, New Brunswick to take the ferry there is about 17 hours.
Richard E Hood September 07, 2013
Thank God, finally!! As a property owner in Nova Scotia, thank God!!
Bruce Bourque September 06, 2013
We live in New Jersey USA and own a house in Labelle, NS on Ponhook Lake. We take multiple trips each year to NS. Currently, we drive 12 hours to Saint John, NB then take the 3 1/2 hour ferry to Digby, NS and drive 1 1/2 hours to the house from there. The total travel time is 17 hours. Taking the ferry from Portland, ME , a 7 hour drive from Jersey, will save driving time and expense. We would rather take more time riding the Portland-Yarmouth ferry where we can relax. We always spend money in Portland and Yarmouth and towns north when we drive to Labelle.
joe September 02, 2013
Can't wait for ferry to return! Going at minimum to Florida 3x a year, plus wanting to partake in the New England states, finds extra time and money being spent, simply driving around NB to get there from NS. Bring it on and do it right. Don't have empty ferries that simply find the service being cancelled again in future. Schedule it right and we will come! Cannot wait!
Lisa C August 22, 2013
For many years going back to 1969 we have been driving to Nova Scotia from Ohio and Pennsylvania to visit family in the summers using all the different ferries from the Blue Nose onward. Since the Maine-Yarmouth ferry stopped it takes us an extra day of driving through Maine to St. John N.B. to get there. I know Americans who want go to N.S but are put off by the long grueling drive. We would much rather spend that time visiting family and friends and take in more of what Nova Scotia has to offer. Air flights and car rentals are very expensive so driving is our only option. So, I'm happy to see that a new Portland-Yarmouth ferry proposal has been accepted and am looking forward to again making this ferry part of the trip. It's a win win situation for the sagging economy of the Southshore and tourism on both sides of the border.
d. herff August 14, 2013
Just returned from a fabulous trip to Nova Scotia, with beautiful scenery and some of the friendliest locals we've ever met. The only part of the island we missed was the Yarmouth area - we simply ran out of time (eight days)! We decided to pick up that area by taking the ferry from Portland to Yarmouth on our fall trip to Cape Cod this year. Unfortunately, I found out today that the ferry is no longer running. Please bring it back - we'd love to see this last area of Nova Scotia!
Deborah August 14, 2013
My family would like to visit Nova Scotia but will either have to spend a great deal on airline costs or will effectively shorten our visit to spend a day driving there and back. The ferry from Portland to Yarmouth allows us to maximize our time in Nova Scotia.
Kerry O'Kelly August 10, 2013
Please restore the NS-USA Ferry Service between Maine and Nova Scotia. Our cultures are so closely linked. This would give a great boost to both economies which these areas so desperately need. It is time for both countries to recognize the economic power these regions have to offer to the citizens of the world. Please don't deprive our citizens on both sides of the border the privilege to visit relatives and friends. Thanks, David Sharpe
David Sharpe August 09, 2013
I wait with great anticipation for the Ferry from Portland to Nova Scotia to be a sure thing.I plan to return to the Home of my birth with a big move this spring. My plans are to take the ferry from Portland over to Nova Scotia , I am too old to pull a car and drive the transport all the way around. I also want access to all the things I love about the United States where i have lived since 1978. Being a dual Citizen i plan to make a number of trips back and forth through out the year enjoying the beauty of both countries.Please make this happen and let us know what month the start up date will be so i can make my reservations . Respectfully Mary
Mary Margaret Day August 09, 2013
We wen on the Cat in 1999. It was an amazing way to get to Nova Scotia. My mom died and we moved to another house that would give my dad a place to live. He had some good years with us and now has passed on too. We always wanted to see more of Nova Scotia . I had a week I could get off from my job. When we found out that there was no ferry service from the states to Nova Scotia we planned a driving trip but most of it has been spent going and coming with much of our time in new brusnwick going and coming. We ran out I'd time and STILL could not see cape Breton and drive the Cabot Trail. Very sad about this . Wonder if we will ever be able to get back. Hope they get a ferry out of Boston - that would really help us!
Susan Mosay August 01, 2013
We winter in Florida every year, The ferry to Maine was really a great help on reducing the driving time to get there. Now it takes four long 10 hour days on the road. This year we start to fly south and will do so using American air carriers until we get a new ferry. When this is a reality then i am sure that a lot of Canadians and Americans will be very happy.
Ches Chaulk July 30, 2013
I have taken both the Scotia Prince and the Cat from Portland to Yarmouth many times. I visit Nova Scotia every summer and we had a summer place there for a while. I just returned home from my annual trip ... all the way around.. and have sworn that I will NOT return to my favorite place on earth till that ferry is up and running again. That drive is grueling. There are ports with custom stations in both Portland and Yarmouth that don't get any use. Yarmouth is hurting badly from this decision to stop the ferry service. Can't wait till things are back to 'normal'. The ferry trip was a big part of the whole Nova Scotia adventure. The Prince was the best because it saved a night in a hotel on the way over. I don't think any of us can tell you enough...BRING BACK THE FERRY!!!! SOON!!!!
Debbie Cohen July 29, 2013
We live in Boston and have several friends in Nova Scotia who we like to visit. A number of years ago we took the overnight ferry from Portland, ME to Yarmouth, NS which was great. We visited Nova Scotia this summer and were dismayed to discover that the ferry no longer operates and that we would have to drive much further to do the trip. We also looked into flights, but discovered that the return fare for a nonstop flight is typically over $700 per person. While in Nova Scotia, we noticed that many of the tourist sites we visited were very quiet, with few visitors. We would love to have the Portland-Yarmouth ferry service again!!
Lorna July 26, 2013
My husband and I visited Nova Scotia in 2001 and fell in love with the area so much that we bought a property right then and there. It was so easy to get there. We had the Scotia Prince , The Cat and the airport. We summered there for 10 years bringing family and friends, and a lot of money $$$ to the Yarmouth area. Sadly this is not the situation now. My property has devalued and getting there now with a sick husband is virtually impossible. 11 hours and 2 days travel is unheard of. This government has done some evaluations of the impact of the removal of the ferry. Quite frankly I do not know where they came up with the bogus figures. The province is being deeply impacted and a mass exodus has occurred due simply to the removal of the ferry service from Maine to Nova Scotia. My property is now for sale, but there are little to no tourist to see the beauty of this truly magical province or my property. So sad. Can only hope things will change. Then maybe I will be able to keep my real estate and bring back my friends to enjoy once again. Jean Adams Rindge Nh
jean adams July 26, 2013
My parents bought a place near Yarmouth almost 30 years ago. The six of us children, then spouses and many grandchildren as well as relatives and friends used to go every summer. We often went more than once. My parents spent the whole summer and often stayed into the fall. We went so often that my niece used to call the Scotia Prince, "grandma's" boat. Since the ferry canceled my Mom and brother still soldier on ... making the far more difficult, expensive and complicated trek for a few weeks a year. My Mom is getting older and that may soon prove impossible, which will be very sad since Dad has passed and her best memories are there. I make it up there once every four or five years. Overall our family participation in a place we love and consider "home" has dropped by about 80 percent. We can get almost anywhere else in North America easier than we can get to Yarmouth. We can't wait for some realistic, affordable way to get to the most beautiful place we know.
Grace L. July 24, 2013
My family and I have enjoyed the ferry service to Yarmouth, NS from Portland, Maine for many years and many trips. I did the drive twice since the ferry was discontinued, but it is too far to drive as nice as it is. I live in York, Maine and would love it if the Ferry Service was restored from Portsmouth, NH or Portland, Maine, even it was from Boston. The people and the scenery in the Maritimes are wonderful and I miss them very much. Hopefully you can get it going again. Best of luck. Don
Donald Trenholm July 07, 2013
I am happy to see all the people who would ride the ferry if it was allowed to operate. I know that my company would like to bring a service back between Nova Scotia and Maine, but government regulations in the United States and Canadian requirements need to be satisfied before any service is going to be provided. I have curtailed my own travel to Canada because of the Drive and I live in Maine. We can all hope that this organization will find some one that is willing to provide a service and implement the service as quickly as possible. I know there is much support from all of Canada and all of American travelers.
Twilight Woods, LLC July 04, 2013
This is my first testimonial regarding reinstating the ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia. This week I visited Portland, Maine and asked the local residents about the ferry service to Nova Scotia that used to be. The residents said that the main reason for closing the ferry was the lack of passenger traffic. There weren't many passengers travelling to Nova Scotia. The ferry service provider was from Canada. I asked if there were any American travel companies willing to set up a service. But there weren't any. I am sure that the Maine state government and the municipal government will support the idea. Casco Bay Lines provide ferry services to many islands near and around Portland. The company has been around for a long time. They can add Halifax and St. John's, New Brunswick to their destination list during the summer months and see how it goes. Maybe the other American ferry providers will start offering services. Presently, it is impossible to charter a boat or ferry to Nova Scotia. We need to launch an aggressive marketing campaign in order to present the attractive opportunities Nova Scotia and New Brunswick can offer. We need an active support from the residents as well. It is much cheaper to travel to Halifax and St. Johns by ferry than to go via Montreal or Quebec City to the desired destination. We need to submit a petition to the state and local governments in Maine to get their attention. If we take an active steps in the US and in Canada then the ferry service will be reinstated much sooner.
Yelena Susloparova June 29, 2013

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