Fer­ries of­fer new sum­mer pro­grams

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

Bay Fer­ries and Northum­ber­land Fer­ries have launched a new sum­mer pro­gram for the Mar­itimes high­light­ing lo­cal cul­ture.

Coined Sea­side Ex­pe­ri­ences, the pro­gram will run in con­junc­tion with cross­ings of the Bay of Fundy and the Northum­ber­land Strait. Mar­itime mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment, food, wine and craft beer will be show­cased on se­lect sail­ings through­out the sum­mer.

For decades, the ferry was the only way to travel be­tween New Brunswick, Nova Sco­tia, and Prince Ed­ward Is­land. In cel­e­brat­ing the past, present, and fu­ture of Mar­itime cul­ture, Sea­side Ex­pe­ri­ences hopes to en­cour­age more peo­ple to take the ferry while also giv­ing trav­ellers the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy unique re­gional ex­pe­ri­ences at sea.

“Sea­side Ex­pe­ri­ences is a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for us,” said Jeff Gaudet, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence for Northum­ber­land and Bay Fer­ries. “Our fo­cus has al­ways been on pro­mot­ing ferry travel through the Mar­itimes. We be­lieve the best way to ex­plore our re­gion is by road and by sea. Why not take the amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences you get on land and bring them on­board?”

The pro­gram of­fi­cially launched July 1 and the first Sea­side Ex­pe­ri­ences will fea­ture chef Ilona Daniel and her lob­ster tacos, as well as an ex­clu­sive “welcome to P.E.I.” per­for­mance fea­tur­ing Mark Haines and Brad Frem­lin on the Northum­ber­land Fer­ries ser­vice.

Other events will in­clude wine and craft beer tast­ings, lob­ster lunches, P.E.I. mus­sels, live mu­sic, “blue­berry mad­ness,” and more.

“We’re ex­tremely ex­cited to bring these ex­pe­ri­ences to our guests, and to show­case what makes trav­el­ling through the Mar­itimes so great — be it for sum­mer va­ca­tions, week­end get­aways or busi­ness trips,” said Gaudet. “We’re hop­ing the com­mu­nity will be equally ex­cited about ev­ery­thing we have in store for them, too.”

To find out more, visit seaside­ex­pe­ri­ences.com

Northum­ber­land Fer­ries runs the Wood Is­lands, P.E.I. to Cari­bou, N.S. ferry ser­vice. Two fer­ries make the trip dur­ing the peak sea­son (MV Hol­i­day Is­land and MV Con­fed­er­a­tion) and one ferry dur­ing the shoul­der sea­sons. Sis­ter com­pany Bay Fer­ries op­er­ates the Saint John, N.B., to Digby, N.S., ser­vice year-round.

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