The canopy over the area where vehicles will be inspected by Customs and Border Protection officials prior to boarding the ferry to Nova Scotia is under construction at the Bar Harbor ferry terminal. ISLANDER PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Tickets for ferry to Nova Scotia, beginning late June, go on sale



BAR HARBOR — The ferry company planning to resume service between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, announced today tickets are on sale for 2020 trips and the first sailing is set for June 26. That’s about a year later than the originally planned start date for the service.

Bay Ferries took reservations for trips in 2019, but the start date was moved back several times due to delays in the construction and permitting process for the ferry terminal facility, which the ferry company leases from the town of Bar Harbor. In mid-July, Bay Ferries stopped taking reservations for 2019 and offered refunds.

The ramp that will be used for vehicles to enter and exit the ferry was moved from Portland last summer. The Cat made a brief visit to test the fit and town officials were invited aboard.

But work on the shore side of the terminal facility is still in progress. The redesign and reconstruction of the facility “has been challenging due to the limited land and building footprint available,” Bay Ferries representatives said in a statement.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Liz is an award-winning journalist who has been with the Islander since 2013. She grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. [email protected]dislander.com