Charlottetown Transportation: Ferries

Because Prince Edward Island is an Island (well, duh!)ferries have long been a key to coming and going here. You can also take the Confederation Bridge

There are two ferry services to consider if you are visiting PEI. The Northumberland Ferries connecting Caribou, Nova Scotia to Woods Islands, and the Îles-de-la-madeleine Ferry connecting these wind-swept islands in the Gulf of St Lawrence to Souris.

Northumberland Ferries
Northumberland Ferries depart from Caribou, Nova Scotia and Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, on a schedule of about every hour and a half, offering a pleasant respite. The 75-minute trip, spent enjoying a chat and a snack, lounging on the deck and soaking up the sunshine and sea air, is often considered a vacation highlight. The trip is both relaxing and picturesque in fair weather. The ferries, however, are vulnerable to weather-related delays,so plan accordingly.

Wood Islands is the gateway community to scenic and lively eastern Prince Edward Island. Wood Islands is roughly 60 km from Charlottetown, which typically translates into 45-60 minute drive via the /Transportation-Canada Highway (Route 1).

The fare for the ferry is paid only when leaving the Island. Ferries tend to be every 3 or 4 hours throughout the day. Up-to-the-minute schedule information and fare information is available by telephoning, toll-free, 1-877-359-3760. Fares include driver & passengers and increase with the length of car & trailer combination. The ferry does not operate from the end of December until early May.

Les Îles-de-la-madeleine
C.T.M.A. offers regular ferry service from Cap-aux-Meules, Îles-de-la-madeleine, Québec to Souris, Prince Edward Island, covering the 134 km crossing in about 5 hours. The ferries leave at 2 pm from PEI, daily in the summer, most days the rest of the year. Telephone 1-888-986-3278 for additional information. The ferry does not operate from February to the end of March.

Schedules and Fares link (CTMA group)

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