"Campobello Island-Deer Island Ferry" Campobello Island Transportation Tip by Bwana_Brown

Campobello Island Transportation: 4 reviews and 8 photos

  Ferry barge 'Hopper I' and its tender 'Hopper II'
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  • Ferry barge 'Hopper I' and its tender 'Hopper II' - Campobello Island
      Ferry barge 'Hopper I' and its tender 'Hopper II'
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  • Ferry waiting for a load at Deer Island - Campobello Island
      Ferry waiting for a load at Deer Island
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  • 'Hopper II' pivots around to the other direction - Campobello Island
      'Hopper II' pivots around to the other direction
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We had beautiful sunny weather for virtually our entire 3-days, so our two ferry rides between Deer and Campobello Islands were very enjoyable as well. A private company, East Coast Ferries Limited runs two ferries from the end of Deer Island that is furthest from the mainland. The one that we were interested in runs to and from Campobello Island every half-hour between 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM. That is, the ferry leaves Deer at 8:30 AM, it leaves Campobello at 9:00 AM, then Deer at 9:30 AM and so on. Their second ferry serves the nearby American town of Eastport - claiming to be the most easterly town in the United States. It makes a similar run between the hours of 9:00 AM and 7:30 PM. We paid C$4 (US$3.60) each for our bicycles (cash only), while a car/driver pays C$14 and C$3 per passenger to a maximum of C$20. Motorcycles cost C$7, motor coaches C$50 and large trucks/trailers are charged C$1 per foot.

This ferry had a slick arrangement whereby the powered tender 'Hopper II' is attached to the mid-point of the vehicle-barge by a long steel beam on a pivot. Once the ferry backs off the beach with its load, the 'Hopper II' releases one of its attachments to the barge and swings itself around in the other direction by means of this pivot (see the 3rd photo). Deer Island sailings are from the very picturesque Deer Island Point Park but the Campobello Island docking area is very ordinary and not very far from Friar's Bay (see the 3rd map in my 'General' tip). The ferry route also gives you a good look at the 2nd largest whirlpool in the world - the 'Old Sow' just off Deer Island Point and we were also lucky enough to spot a Minke whale surfacing on our return voyage!

Mode: TO
othercontact: info@eastcoastferries.nb.ca
Phone: (506) 747-2159
Type: Ship/Boat
Website: http://www.eastcoastferries.nb.ca/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 19, 2006
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