Cape Breton-P.E.I. ferry still a good idea
The Yarmouth ferry supporters are very right when they say the whole province suffers if there’s no ferry service between there and Maine.
For many years Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island have requested an inter-island ferry service to shorten the Atlantic Canadian shipping route connecting P.E.I., northern Nova Scotia, Quebec and Newfoundland to the rest of Canada and the U.S.
Instead, the province has subsidized the Yarmouth, Digby and Pictou ferries and has told Cape Breton interests that Nova Scotia doesn’t subsidize ferry services. Yet government reports in the past decade have shown a P.E.I.Cape Breton ferry service would be commercially viable during spring to fall seasons.
Capers have watched the mainland media attention on the failing Yarmouth and Digby ferry services in dismay with the knowledge that our P.E.I.-Cape Breton route offers greater transportation synergies to the Atlantic region yet receives little attention as a missing piece of infrastructure that is essential to the future of moving people and goods more efficiently through and around our region.
Cape Breton is worried too about the coming tourist season and access to the world famous Cabot Trail for tourists destined