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Getting To Nova Scotia  

Flying
For guests who are flying please book your tickets into Halifax International Airport, our small but efficient hub. From the airport it is an easy 2 hour drive to the South Side Harbour property. Though it entails a longer drive from the airport (about 3.5 hours) you may also fly into Saint John, New Brunswick (not St. John’s Newfoundland – yes, it’s happened before! – that would extend your drive to include a 16 hour overnight ferry ride!)

If you're flying your own private plane there are two local airports: Trenton (near New Glasgow) and Port Hawkesbury (just as you enter Cape Breton)

Driving
www.mapquest.com generally gives good directions though its estimated driving times are often too high. I suggest using MapQuest to plan your route but reduce the driving time by 10-15%. If you drive a convertible I find that it reduces driving times even further - haven’t quite figured out why, really!

 


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Driving From The Eastern United States?
If you’re driving from the Eastern US Seaboard you have the option of taking a high-speed catamaran ferry http://www.catferry.com that runs between Bar Harbour, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. During the summer the ferry runs twice daily and does the trip in 2 hours and 45 minutes. From Yarmouth it is a 300 mile drive to the property, an easy 4½ - 5½ hour drive along beautiful country highways.

Note that taking the high-speed ferry doesn’t really save much time – the driving distance from Bar Harbour to Antigonish is about 450 miles which can be driven in 7-8 hours. Many of my guests take the ferry coming up and then drive back through New Brunswick.

Below is a chart of the rough distances and driving time between a number of key North American cities and Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

 

Estimated Driving times and Distances from various points in the United States and Canada.

City

Miles

Kms

Driving Time

Toronto 1133 m 1813 km 19 hours
Halifax 138 m 221km 2.2 hours
Montreal 795 m  1272 km 13 hours
Quebec City 657 m 1051 km 10 hours
Boston 714 m  114 km 11 hours
New York 924 m  1478 km 14 hours
New Jersey 1015 m  1624 km 15 hours
Chicago 1691 m   2706 km 26 hours

19 hours