Getting to Brier Island

Grand Passage Ferry to Westport Sign Getting to Brier Island

Although Brier Island’s remote location means you need to take not one – but two – car ferries, the route (through rural Nova Scotia and the Digby Neck) is part of what makes a visit to Brier Island unique.

The best way of getting to Brier Island is to drive. That way you can take as much time as you like watching whales, exploring, hiking, and enjoying the island. If you don’t have a vehicle see the bottom of this post for information about the shuttle to Brier Island.

Below are driving directions to Brier Island from Digby and Yarmouth. There are tips on how to take the ferry to Brier Island, and links to the larger ferries that dock in Nova Scotia (coming from St. John NB, and Portland Maine).

Map showing Digby Neck, Long Island and Brier Island

Directions from Digby, NS

Plan for 1h 50m to drive from Digby to Brier Island, including the time on the ferries. The total journey is about 70km (43.5mi). Getting to Brier Island from Digby:

  • Take highway 217 West (you’ll see signs for the ferry and for Brier Island)
  • Continue down the Digby Neck to East Ferry (the road ends at the ferry wharf)
  • Take the ferry to Tiverton on Long Island
  • Continue on highway 217 across Long Island to Freeport
  • Take the ferry to Westport on Brier Island

There is a ferry service that crosses the Bay of Fundy (from St. John New Brunswick to Digby Nova Scotia). For information see Bay Ferries & Northumberland Ferries

Directions from Yarmouth, NS

Plan for a 3h drive from Yarmouth to Brier Island, including the time on the ferries. The total journey is about 170km (105mi). Getting to Brier Island from Yarmouth:

  • Take highway 101 East towards Digby
  • Get to highway 217 West via Middle Crossing Rd (just before Digby)
  • Take highway 217 (you’ll see signs for the ferry and for Brier Island)
  • Continue down the Digby Neck to East Ferry (the road ends at the ferry wharf)
  • Take the ferry to Tiverton on Long Island
  • Continue on highway 217 across Long Island to Freeport
  • Take the ferry to Westport on Brier Island

There is a ferry service from Portland Maine (USA) to Yarmouth Nova Scotia (Canada). For more information see Bay Ferries & Northumberland Ferries – The CAT

Brier Island Ferry

Brier and Long Island Ferry Information

  • Ferries each leave once an hour (schedules are posted at each wharf)
    • East Ferry to Tiverton on the half hour (0:30)
    • Freeport to Westport on the hour (0:00)
  • The ferries both run 24 hours (a call box at the wharf allows you to call for crossing after hours)
  • Each ferry costs $7 Canadian on the way to Brier Island
  • Ferries accept only cash
  • There are no reservations for either ferry
  • Approximately 15 cars can fit on each ferry
  • Free crossing on the way back for vehicles
  • Free crossing for foot passengers and bicycles at all times
  • Ferry crossings take only about five minutes each

When going to Brier Island if you drive across Long Island without stopping, you should arrive in perfect time to catch the ferry to Brier Island.

Signs clearly show where you need to line up for the ferry. Wait for the green light, follow the directions of the staff and you’ll be on your way!

After all the cars are loaded, remain in your vehicle until the attendant comes to collect your payment. After that, feel free to walk around the ferry and take in the view.

There is a washroom on the ferry.

Shuttle Information

For those traveling without a vehicle, Digby-based Kathleen’s Shuttle and Tours (also called Kat’s Cab) can provide transportation to Brier Island, or arrange a day-tour. Reservations are a must; try to reserve well in advance especially during peak summer months.

Reservations are accepted only over the phone (no online booking). Call or email for rates, or to ask about a customized itinerary for touring around Nova Scotia.

Make sure to bring cash with you, as she does not accept credit cards.

tel 1-902-834-2024
tel 1-877-720-8747
goingwithkathleens@gmail.com
Kathleen’s Shuttle & Tours website

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