Getting Here

A Breath of Fresh Air Aboard the Ferry

Close your eyes and let your worries slip away as you drift from the shore. Feel the warm summer sun on your face, or the cool early-winter air in your hair as you listen to the water splash against the ferry’s hull. Travelling by ferry is so much more than a way to get to PEI, it’s a total Maritime experience! With daily crossings between May and December, you can leave the hassle of the highway behind you. This is what the start of an adventure should feel like!

Riding the ferry is an unforgettable part of your PEI vacation. A sail across the Northumberland Strait is a 75-minute respite from the road and – if you’re super lucky – an opportunity to see small whales, seals, playful porpoises and sea birds.

Two ferry boats cross the straight transporting vacationers from Caribou, NS to the red shore at Wood Islands, PE. Both vessels offer indoor and outdoor viewing decks with plenty of room to relax and enjoy the views of the sparkling sea as you watch the island draw nearer. The Salt Water Café aboard both vessels allows you and your crew to recharge and refuel while still at sea.


A True Maritime Experience 

Summertime crossings feature a fresh offering of Seaside Experiences showcasing the finest music, entertainment, food, wine, and beer samplings the region has to offer. The series features chef demonstrations and locally-produced food & beverage to sample and sip, just in time to take a seat and enjoy the show! On select afternoon crossings from July through September, local artists and musicians take the stage. Sit back and relax as they play the soundtrack to your sea passage, performing live, toe-tapping, Maritime tunes during the Music On Deck series.  If you’re timing is right, you may even catch live music in the ferry terminals! 

Check the calendar of events for the full scoop on all the food and fun! 


Historically Awesome 

There’s a bit of nostalgia that locals love about the ferry – being transported back to a time when it was the only way to travel across the Northumberland Strait. There’s plenty of memories to reflect on, ferry boats have been crossing this strait for 79 years! 

Late-Season Crossings

Did you know that the ferry operates from early May until Late December? Travelling by ferry in the late fall is a unique experience, as the changing seasons bring a different kind of beauty to the journey. Take in the autumn foliage and crisp breeze as you cross the Northumberland Strait, or you can step inside and enjoy a more relaxed journey.

Looking for more inspiration for your next PEI vacation? Check out PEI’s 11 Dining Experiences You Can’t Miss or Experience Charlottetown’s Big City Vibes & Small Town Charm!  

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