They have an interesting model; you only pay (whether the ferry fee or the toll for the bridge) when you leave PEI. And, since we planned to take the ferry from Nova Scotia to PEI and to drive out of PEI on the bridge to New Brunswick, our ferry ride was free. There was one catch, we had to standby for the ferry as reservations are allowed only for those that pay (round-trip either way or one-way departing PEI). Confused yet?
Anyway, we weren’t going to complain since we were about to take a free 1 hour 15 minute ferry ride across the Northumberland Straight. But we did plan to leave Pictou in time to standby for the first ferry of the day, just in case we didn’t get on.
And, when we arrived, there were already quite a few RVs , cars and large trucks lined up already. We were advised that more truckers with reservations were expected, so there definitely was a possibility that we wouldn’t get on.
While we waited for the first ferry, we started chatting with the couple from the RV that was next in line, Beth and Dave. We were amazed at how many RV’s and trucks there were but they told us that the next ferry due was the larger one of the two. Finally, the ferry arrived and they started loading cars, then trucks, then RV’s. It’s quite incredible how many big rigs they loaded on board, but alas, we didn’t get on.
But we were third in line for the next ferry, so it seemed that we had a pretty good chance of getting on, even though that was going to be the smaller ferry. We continued chatting with Beth and Dave, who are from Nova Scotia and were taking a brief vacation trip to PEI. That made the time go a lot faster and in no time the next ferry came and we made it on. Island Girl boarded that ferry like a seasoned boater!
We had the option of bringing Angel upstairs as long as she stayed outside, but she’d have to climb three really long staircases so we chose not to. There was a nice sea breeze and we left the windows in Island Girl open for her.
Once we reached the top deck, we ran into Beth and Dave once more and spent the ferry ride getting acquainted. Beth has a blog – Summer Friends – in which she features her vintage trailer, a cute and well loved “Glendette”.
The crossing was calm and beautiful. Beth and Dave gave us a few tips about PEI, and once again time went by really fast and before we knew it there was an announcement for everyone to prepare for arrival at PEI.
So we said our good-byes and headed back down to get ready to drive Island Girl off the ferry. Angel looked comfy and relaxed and ready for the next adventure. And off we went onto the beautiful Prince Edward Island.