Getting there & away
Acadian Lines (902-454-9321, 800-567-5151; www.acadianbus.com) provides a bus service through the Maritimes and connects to the rest of Canada and the USA via Greyhound. From Halifax, destinations include Toronto ($180, 26 hours, daily), Montreal ($142, 18 hours, once daily) and Bangor, Maine ($80, 10½ hours, once daily), where there are connections for Boston and New York. All prices for Acadian Lines trips are tax-inclusive, and there are discounts for children five to 11 years (50%), students (15%) and seniors (25%).
Contactable through Acadian Lines, Trius Lines (902-454-9321, 800-567-5151) travels along the South Shore from Halifax to Yarmouth ($50, 5½ hours, daily) with connections to the ferries. There are discounts for students (15%) and seniors (25%) and for purchasing return tickets.
VIA Rail runs services between Montréal and Halifax (one-week advance purchase adult/child two to 11 years $150/75, 21 hours, daily except Tuesdays) with stops in Amherst (advance purchase adult/child $120/60, 17 hours from Montréal) and Truro (advance purchase adult/child $128/64, 18 hours). Students pay the same as adults with no need for advance purchase; adult discount fares may sell out so it’s best to book as early as possible.
Bay Ferries (888-249-7245; www.bayferries.com; adult/child 0-5 yrs/child 6-13 yrs/senior $40/5/25/30, car/bicycle $100/20) has a three-hour trip from Saint John, New Brunswick, to Digby. Off-season discounts and various packages are available.
Marine Atlantic (800-341-7981; www.marine-atlantic.ca) operates ferries year-round to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, from North Sydney (adult/child 5-12yr/child under 5 $27.50/13.75/free, per car/motorcycle $78/39.50). Daytime crossings take between five and six hours, and overnight crossings take about seven hours. Cabins and reclining chairs cost extra. In summer, you can opt for a 14-hour ferry ride (adult/child 5-12/child under 5 $77/38.50/free, per car/motorcycle $160/80) to Argentia on Newfoundland’s east coast. Reservations are required for either trip.
Northumberland Ferries (902-566-3838, 888-249-7245; www.peiferry.com; adult/child under 12 $14/free, vehicle incl passengers/bike $59/19) cruises the one hour between Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island (PEI), and Caribou, near Pictou, up to nine times daily. You only pay when leaving PEI so it’s slightly cheaper to arrive by ferry then to exit PEI via the Confederation Bridge. No reservations are required, but it’s wise to show up half an hour before the sailing.
Bay Ferries operates the high-speed Cat (888-249-7245; www.catferry.com; early Jun–mid-Oct) catamarans. Ferries skate across the water from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth (adult/child 6-13 yrs/child under 6 US$63/43/free, car/motorcycle/bicycle US$105/75/11) in less than three hours and it takes five and a half hours to travel from Portland to Yarmouth (adult/child 6-13 yrs/child under 6 US$89/59/free, car/motorcycle/bicycle US$149/105/18).
Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz and Westjet have daily flights from Toronto (round-trip from $240 to $575 depending on the season) and several flights a week from Montréal to Halifax (round-trip $158 to $350 depending on the season).