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st john-digby ferry

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st john-digby ferry

How much time does the ferry save rather than driving the highway into ns?

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Penticton, Canada
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it all depends on where you are planning on going in NS. If you are going to be driving down to Yarmouth along the south shore and around to get to Lunenburg quite a bit, if you trying to go to Halifax and avoid the south shore, the ferry is longer by 2 hrs. http://goo.gl/maps/iE5ob http://goo.gl/maps/esfq7

Toronto, Canada
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By most accounts, if travelling by car, the cost is not worth the hassle and wait times around the ferry....

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but...advantages...if you are travelling alone...you get some time off from driving, while still making miles. and even if travelling with others, you guys can enjoy hanging out on the deck instead of in the car. but I love being on the water...

Nova Scotia
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The ferry ads will tell you that you save '8' hours of driving. Not sure how they came up with that figure. As previously pointed out, there are pros and cons to the ferry. We live in the SW portion of the province and took the ferry religiously for years. I did like the fact that for 3 hrs, someone else was doing the driving, so to speak, and we could sit back, relax, watch a movie if we wanted, or have a nice meal in the cafeteria.

Having said that, over the years, the price has steadily risen, they don't offer discounts like they used to and they are always changing the sailing times from year to year. I don't find the sailing times to be that convenient for travellers...they are more geared to the trucking industry.

Keep in mind...they suggest you be at the terminal 1 hour before sailing. Add the 3 hr sail time and allow up to 1/2 hr for disembarking and you have 4 to 4 1/2 hrs you could be driving.

To give you an idea...we just returned from the U.S. The ferry does not leave Saint John NB until noon. So we would have had to be at the terminal for 11 am, lingered around until sailing at noon, had a 3 hr crossing and then a drive home.

We left Calais Maine at 8a.m. Atlantic time, and drove home, stopping for gas, and meals and were home by 4:30 pm. The tank of gas cost us $60, a far cry from the cost of the ferry.

So honestly, unless you are going to Digby, or as mentioned, the Yarmouth area, skip the ferry. By the way, if you are bringing a dog with you, unless it is a service animal, the dog must remain in your car or in a kennel on the vehicle deck for the sailing. You, on the other hand, are not permitted to stay in your car for the sailing. You must go to one of the passenger decks.

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