Take The CAT to Nova Scotia

There’s no more beautiful backdrop for a coastal getaway than the Canadian Maritimes. And there’s no better way to get there than The CAT.
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With rugged shorelines shaped by ocean waves, lush forests teeming with brilliant autumn colors, stretches of pristine sandy beaches and rolling hills, there’s no more beautiful backdrop for a fall getaway than the Canadian Maritimes. And there’s no better way to get there than The CAT.

Why Take The CAT to Nova Scotia?

They call it Canada’s ocean playground. And with more than 7,600 kilometres (4,750 miles) of staggeringly beautiful coastline, who are we to disagree? Rugged and rocky shores one minute, soft and sandy the next. Marvel at the world’s highest tides, legendary whale watching, and strings of pretty fishing towns. Visit majestic lighthouses and spectacular dunes, and delight in the warm days and crisp evenings characteristic of a Maritime fall. Travel from one surprise to the next.

There are countless adventures – either seaside or out on the wide-open sea – and fall is the perfect time for outdoor exploration. Discover farmers’ markets, u-pick apple orchards, corn mazes, hiking trails, and more. But if it’s a vibrant city life and rich culture you’re after, Nova Scotia has that, too. This year is an especially great time to visit the coast. On top of spectacular autumn events like the Halifax Urban Folk Festival and the Atlantic International Film Festival, there’s always something to do.

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Dining on The Cat.

Getting to Nova Scotia

The Maritimes are best seen by sea. Nova Scotia alone has more coastline than California, and in the fall, it truly comes alive with crimson, gold, and amber leaves as far as the eye can see. The CAT high-speed car ferry travels between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in just 5.5 hours, giving you more time to explore the beauty beyond the horizon.

With plenty of onboard amenities and a knowledgeable staff and crew, your journey on The CAT to Nova Scotia will be more than just fast, it will be an adventure you’ll never forget. Immerse yourself in Maritime culture with the finest music, food, wine, and beer samplings that the region has to offer with our Seaside Experiences program on select departures. Sit back and unwind with a nostalgic family game of Checkers or Operation from The CAT’s board game collection. Gather everything you need for your Nova Scotia vacation by stopping by the visitors’ center and browse for the perfect souvenir at the Scotia Market gift shop.

Exclusive Perks for AAA Members

Sail from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Nova Scotia! Book your adventure on The CAT through your local AAA office and receive up to $40 in CAT Cash. Redeemable for onboard dining, drinks and more, this member perk will have you feline fine.

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During your crossing, keep your family entertained in the Little Mate’s Quarters Children’s Play area or catch a daily feature film in the movie area. Fuel up for the journey ahead at one of the onboard dining areas: enjoy a speciality coffee at Sip Café, grab breakfast, lunch or dinner at Scotia Market or relax and enjoy a selection of Nova Scotia wine and craft beer at the Forchu Lounge. Even bring your furry friends along for the ride – cats and dogs can remain in your vehicle or in the kennel area on The CAT.

See More of the Maritimes

Once you’ve taken The CAT to Nova Scotia, don’t stop there. Your journey isn’t complete without exploring the beauty of all of the Maritime provinces.

Visit New Brunswick

You can’t leave the Maritimes without exploring the shores of New Brunswick from atop the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy. So on your visit, set sail on our sister ferry, the Fundy Rose. Crossing between Digby, Nova Scotia to Saint John, New Brunswick in just over 2 hours, you’ll not only get there faster, you’ll see so much more.

Visit Prince Edward Island  

From beautiful red-sand beaches to the story of Anne of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island is a can’t miss in the Maritimes—especially on the mv Confederation and mv Holiday Island. The Northumberland Ferries Limited ferry service has been sailing between Caribou, Nova Scotia and Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island since 1941. Today, it continues to transform simple trips into memorable experiences.

Ways to Save

Whether it’s your first time to Canada’s East Coast, or you are a regular to our shores, when you set out to explore the Maritime provinces, you are in for beauty, adventure and incredible value for your American dollar!

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Fall foliage along the Cabot Trail. (Photo: Tourism Nova Scotia)

AAA Save $100

For five days only you can earn CAT CASH PLUS SAVE UP TO $100! Book a round-trip crossing online with a minimum of two adults and one standard size vehicle between August 24th – 29th, 2018 and SAVE $100. Discover scenic shores and charming coastal towns as brilliant autumn colours come to life. But act fast—just like the crossing time, this deal won’t last long!

CAT Cash

AAA members save on The CAT with the purrfect member perk – CAT Cash. This member benefit is redeemable for a taste of onboard dining and drinks, or a local souvenir from the Scotia Market gift shop. On a round-trip, members receive $10 per person up to a max of $40 per reservation, and on a one-way trip, members receive $10 per person up to a max of $20 per reservation.

Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this one-of-a-kind voyage! Book your adventure on The CAT to Nova Scotia and the Maritimes through your local AAA office to receive member perks and turn your vacation into the journey of a lifetime.

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