With rugged shorelines shaped by ocean waves, lush green forests teeming with wildlife, stretches of pristine sandy beaches and rolling hills, there’s no more beautiful backdrop for a coastal getaway than the Maritimes. And there’s no better way to get there than on The CAT.
Why Nova Scotia?
They call Nova Scotia Canada’s ocean playground. And with more than 7,600 kilometers (4,750 miles) of staggeringly beautiful coastline, who are we to disagree? Enjoy rugged and rocky coves one minute, then soft and sandy shores next. Marvel at the quaint coastal villages full of Nova Scotian charm. Experience the world’s highest tides on the Bay of Fundy and the famously winding roads of the Cabot Trail. Visit majestic lighthouses, spectacular dunes and extraordinary beaches. Travel from one surprise to the next. And if it’s a vibrant city life you’re after, there’s no shortage. Nova Scotia has it all.
There are countless adventures – shoreside or out on the wide-open sea – and a world of cultures and flavors to experience. This year is an especially great time to visit the coast. On top of spectacular annual events like the TD Halifax Jazz Festival and the Halifax International Busker Festival, Nova Scotia is commemorating Canada 150 and the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, as well as hosting The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. Safe to say, it’s a year not to be missed!
Getting to Nova Scotia
The Maritimes are best seen by sea. Nova Scotia alone has more coastline than California, and the best way to truly discover its coastal beauty is on The CAT. The high-speed ferry travels between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, in just 5.5 hours, giving you more time to explore the beauty beyond the horizon.
With plenty of onboard amenities and a knowledgeable staff and crew, your journey will be more than just fast, it will be an adventure you’ll never forget. Immerse yourself in Maritime culture with the finest music, entertainment, food, wine and beer samplings that the region has to offer with our seaside experiences. Gather everything you need for your Nova Scotia vacation by stopping by the visitors’ center, and browse for the perfect souvenir at the Scotia Market gift shop. Fuel up for the journey ahead at one of the onboard dining areas: Sip Cafe, Scotia Market Cafeteria and Forchu Lounge. Entertain your family at the kids’ play area and movie lounges, and provide your pets with a comfortable ride in our kennel area.
See more of the Maritimes
Your adventure on The CAT has brought you to Nova Scotia, but don’t stop there. Your journey isn’t complete without exploring the beauty of all of the Maritime provinces.
Visit New Brunswick
You can’t leave the Maritimes without exploring the shores of New Brunswick from atop the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy. So on your visit, set sail on our sister ferry, the Fundy Rose. Crossing between Digby, Nova Scotia, to Saint John, New Brunswick, in just 2 hours, you’ll not only get there faster, you’ll see so much more.
Visit Prince Edward Island
From beautiful red-sand beaches to the story of Anne of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island is a can’t miss in the Maritimes – especially on the mv Confederation and mv Holiday Island. The ferry service has been sailing between Caribou, Nova Scotia, and Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, since 1941. Today, it continues to transform simple trips into memorable experiences.
Ways to save
Whether it’s your first time to Canada’s East Coast, or you are a regular to our shores, when you set out to explore the Maritimes on The CAT, you are in for beauty, adventure and a sea of savings!
AAA members save on The CAT with the purrfect member perk – CAT Cash. This member benefit is redeemable for a taste of onboard dining and drinks, or a local souvenir from the Scotia Market gift shop. On a round-trip, members receive $10 per person up to a max of $40 per person, and on a one-way trip, members receive $10 per person up to a max of $20 per reservation. Book your adventure on The CAT through your local AAA office to receive this member perk.
Fast Ferry Fuel Up
If you explore the Maritimes by sea, Bay Ferries will help pay for your fuel courtesy of Irving Oil. If you purchase accommodation along with your ferry passage on The CAT, you’ll receive an Irving Oil Gift Card to use for fuel for your car or snack fuel for your family. Contact Bay Ferries’ travel specialists to take advantage of this incredible value.
Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this one-of-a-kind voyage! Book your journey to Nova Scotia on The CAT and turn your vacation into an adventure of a lifetime.
This content is sponsored by Bay Ferries Limited.