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Old 06-10-2024, 06:44 AM   #1
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Bar Harbor-Nova Scotia ferry

We're traveling to Nova Scotia this August and are considering taking the CAT ferry back to Bar Harbor. How is the loading/unloading process?
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Old 06-10-2024, 02:45 PM   #2
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Haven't taken that one, but have taken the ferry from PEI to NS and the ferry to Newfoundland. Process? They will tell you exactly what to do.

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Old 06-10-2024, 03:01 PM   #3
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to clarify a little, is it

* drive straight in, drive straight out easily on flat road and ramp
* long back-in up steep multi-turn road over short & steep ramp where trailer bumper drags
* or something in between
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Old 06-10-2024, 05:00 PM   #4
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I just took a quick look at their video, shows a long wide straight loading ramp.


https://www.ferries.ca/thecat/overview/


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Old 06-11-2024, 05:39 AM   #5
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We’re in Nova Scotia now and took the CAT from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth a few days ago. From Bar Harbor, you back onto the ferry (easy/straight shot) and drive off going forward in Yarmouth (last on first off). I saw the ferry workers back on somebody’s rig who was uncomfortable… seemed like a commonly offered option.

More than you asked…
The ride was smooth and fast (~120 miles in 3.5 hrs). Our overall length is 50 feet and we paid a little over $600. I suggest you arrive at least 1.5 hrs before departure.
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Old 06-11-2024, 05:45 AM   #6
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Just realized considering going the opposite direction than we travelled. You’ll drive on forward from Yarmouth (curved ramp) and back off the ferry in Bar Harbor
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Old 06-11-2024, 08:17 AM   #7
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Great info!

Thanks. Just the intel I was looking for.
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We’ve been up that way a few times (but not with a travel trailer in tow.) When we were visiting south/eastern Nova Scotia by bicycle, the ferry from/to Bar Harbor worked quite well.

However, when we were visiting Cape Breton on a car-camping trip, we found it was far more time and cost effective to drive up the coast through New Brunswick.

So consider the ultimate destination and your schedule before hopping on the ferry. The ferry ride is fun but if the sailing schedule doesn’t sync well with your plans and itinerary, the drive through downeast Maine and NB is actually fairly scenic and relaxing.
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the drive through downeast Maine and NB is actually fairly scenic and relaxing.
YES! I would have missed so much. We drove up the "Bold Coast" of Maine to Eastport, did side trips to Campobella Island (FDR's summer White House) where you can visit and climb out to little islands. Beware if the tide comes in you are stranded. Then we hooked up with a marine biologist to take us to Machias Seal Island to see the Puffins roost. One evening we sat in bleachers like for high school football, except this was to cheer the tide coming in. No, really!
I wouldn't trade any of that.
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We are leaving on the Cat from Bar Harbor on Monday,will let you know!
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We took the Cat to and from Yarmouth last year. I thought it was great - the seats near the bow were larger/more comfortable. You will check in/check out of customs at the ferry terminal. One thing to note: There is only one "entrance" on the Cat - meaning that leaving Bar Harbor, you have to back your vehicle/trailer up the ramp (50 yards or so - it's a straight shot until you actually get on the ferry - may have to move over a lane or two) and unload in Yarmouth by just pulling out (there is a sharp turn on the Yarmouth ferry exit/entrance ramp). Leaving Yarmouth to Bar Harbor, once you arrive in Bar Harbor, you will need to back down the ramp. Depending on the tide, there is a flexible section on the ferry ramp - the ferry workers have boards that they can put under your vehicle/trailer if they think you will drag.
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As pmclemore said, just do what they tell you to do. It's the same on the Alaska Marine Highway. They know what they are doing.
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Bar Harbor-Nova Scotia ferry

We took that ferry last year. No hauling anything. The RVs and larger vehicles were last on and first off. The Bar Harbor return terminal ramp has a dip between the ferry exit up to the customs check-in. One fifth wheel had to take it slow but otherwise easy.
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