Vera Marie Badertscher, editor of A Traveler’s Library and the biography of Navajo artist Quincy Tahoma, offers her top family road trip recommendations for the region during a recent trip to Nova Scotia. What could be better than combining a road trip with a ferry ride? This article provides up-to-date information on all the ferries in the area. several ferry trips
One of the most cool things about a road trip is that it usually involves a lot of ferry boat crossings because Nova Scotia is surrounded by water. This is one of the reasons I advise beginning your journey in New Brunswick at an international park that is not in Nova Scotia but is yet close to the United States.
About halfway up the Maine coast, on Campobello Island, is where you may find the Roosevelt Campobello International Park. (Boston is about a 9 1/2-hour trip away). Here, crossing the border is simple: after a quick stop and a bridge drive, you are in Canada.
From the early 1880s to the 1930s, rich Easterners seeking a summer escape from the heat of cities frequented Campobello. When the future president was still a baby, one of those families was the Roosevelt family, who constructed their “cottage” there. These cottage-style summer residences, as the wealthy referred to them, are larger than the majority of the dwellings we have now.
The 34-room “cottage” that Mama Roosevelt built for Franklin and Eleanor when they were married served as their family’s vacation home, but Franklin Roosevelt’s boyhood home is no longer standing (eventually including five children). A lovely birchbark boat on the back porch, antique bicycles, rooms that have been restored to its 1920s appearance, and trails that lead to the coast are just a few of the attractions of this free park. Even younger children can utilize the playground equipment on the expansive lawn that surrounds the house.
The voyage by Three-Ferry to Nova Scotia
Checking the Saint John-Digby Princess of Acadia boat timetable may be a good place to start planning your journey. Once you have determined the Deer Island Ferry’s departure schedules, plan on traveling from Campobello to Saint John in three hours. This will be your third ferry of the day. After a brief drive, you’ll arrive at Deer Island and catch the L’etete boat to Saint John. The Princess of Acadia travels to Nova Scotia across the Bay of Fundy in four hours from Saint John. Thus, the entire journey lasts roughly seven enjoyable hours.
2. Follow the directions to the L’etete ferry landing once you get at Deer Island. Don’t take your time getting there because you need to drive across this picturesque island to catch the following ferry that will transport you to Saint John, New Brunswick on the mainland. Like driving on roads or bridges, this ferry is run by the government and is therefore free. In contrast to the tiny Deer Island ferry, you can exit your vehicle and inspect the functioning portion of the boat if you are in one of the outside lanes.
3. You will need to drive for another about 1 1/2 hours to reach the Saint John-Digby boat when your vehicle disembarks at Saint John. This is a big one. It has cozy lounges, movies, restaurants, arcade games, a kid’s playroom, and WIFI, much like a tiny cruise liner. Most unusually among ferries, the 3 1/2-hour journey is complemented by a few brief environmental presentations. There is a lot for the specialists to discuss with you because you are traversing the Bay of Fundy, which has the greatest tides in the world, whales swimming through it, and cliffs covered with prehistoric fossils. In addition, you might get lucky and spot a whale.
In the ferry lounge, the Department of Tourism offers a sizable desk with brochures, maps, and a helpful employee who can help you organize your trip to Nova Scotia. On the Princess Acadia, you may have fun while traveling to Nova Scotia, whether you want to nap in the lounge, pull out your laptop and use the WIFI, or work out on the deck.
Ferry fare comprises:
Deer Island to Campobello: $16 for a car and driver, $3 for each extra adult, and free for kids under 12 years old.
Saint John to Deer Island: Free
Princess of Acadia, Saint John to Digby, Nova Scotia: About $150 for a car, 2 adults, and 2 kids; there are a variety of discounts available, and there is a $20 fuel surcharge; check the website for the most up-to-date rates.
At A Traveler’s Library, Vera Marie Badertscher writes a blog about books and movies that encourage travel. In a piece on letters between Eleanor Roosevelt and her closest friend, she discussed a book that recounts Roosevelt’s experiences at Campobello.
Family Road Trip in Nova Scotia: More Than Half the Fun is in Getting There! first appeared on Road Trips For Families.
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