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Here’s some shots of the Prince Edward Island Ferry at Caribou, Nova Scotia on Sunday, May 20, 2012.

The MV Holiday Island was originally a Canadian National Railways......then Marine Atlantic Ferry on the NB<>PEI run. When the bridge to PEI opened in 1997 it was transferred to Northumberland Ferries for the NS<>PEI run.

The last photo shows the larger ferry MV Confederation in drydock at Pictou NS. It will be back on the run when two vessel service begins in June.

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Been on that ferry on that run. When we were arriving in Caribou we were stuck for a bit as part of the dock had collapsed after the other ferry had departed. They sent a fishing boat in to sound the depth. Finally they allowed us in, but they had told us that if the water wasnt deep enough they would have to take us back to Wood Islands.

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Been on that ferry on that run. When we were arriving in Caribou we were stuck for a bit as part of the dock had collapsed after the other ferry had departed. They sent a fishing boat in to sound the depth. Finally they allowed us in, but they had told us that if the water wasnt deep enough they would have to take us back to Wood Islands.

How long is the trip if you were forced to go back the other way?

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How long is the trip if you were forced to go back the other way?

75 minutes to get back to PEI on the ferry. It’s about 22 km.

Then you could drive back to Caribou via Charlottetown and the Confederation Bridge. It’s 300 km and would take about 4 hours.

The Ferry is free from Nova Scotia to PEI but you pay $71 to cross back to NS.

The 14 km long Confederation Bridge is also free when you are going to PEI but pay $44 to return to NB.

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are these ferries a different configuration than BC Ferries??

Same basic configuration as BC Ferries:

Car decks below with passenger decks above (cafeteria, seating and observation)

Drive on one end……straight thru…..then off the other end.

The Holiday Island has two vehicle decks accessible from ramps on the dock. The Confederation has two main vehicle decks with ramps on-board and a third hoistable deck to increase capacity if required.

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Here’s some shots from a trip to PEI last week. We went over on the “Confederation”......meeting the “Holiday Island” mid-way on the 75 minute crossing.

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Returning......we were on the Holiday Island meeting the Confederation mid-way with an excellent sunset on the 8pm crossing.

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The Confederation and the Holiday Island wait out the winter at the dock in Caribou NS until service to Prince Edward Island resumes in the spring. In the background....it's 14 miles across to PEI and the Northumberland Strait is choked with ice.

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I had to make a quick trip over to Prince Edward Island last weekend May 16/15. Heres some photos:

Waiting at Caribou NS just as the MV Confederation arrives:

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Its 22 km and 70 minutes across the Northumberland Strait. Looking back to Nova Scotia.....

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......and ahead to PEI.

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I returned on the 13 km Bridge over to New Brunswick. Evidence of the old parking lot where vehicles once lined for the ferry in Borden PEI is still there:

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Same basic configuration as BC Ferries:

Car decks below with passenger decks above (cafeteria, seating and observation)

Drive on one end……straight thru…..then off the other end.

The Holiday Island has two vehicle decks accessible from ramps on the dock. The Confederation has two main vehicle decks with ramps on-board and a third hoistable deck to increase capacity if required.

Another difference for safety reason is once you go upstairs during ship in motion, you cannot go back to the car deck until it's close to docking.

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Northumberland  Ferries are back in service again for another season......May 1 to Dec 20, 2016. Here’s some shots at Caribou NS, last Sunday afternoon May 1 with the Confederation arriving from Prince Edward Island.

 

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