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Nova Scotia Ferries and Sea Travel

Nova Scotia by sea makes perfect sense. With loads of options from major cruise lines to ferries, it can be quick and convenient, and with the thrill of an ocean voyage, getting here really is half the fun.

Travel to Nova Scotia by Ferry

Cruise to Nova Scotia

As part of the Canada/New England cruise corridor, more than 20 major cruise lines visit Nova Scotia ports of call each year. From the marquee ports of Halifax and Sydney, to the smaller ports of call, a variety of shore excursions will provide rich cultural experiences to suit every taste. Discover the birthplace of New Scotland - be a soldier for a day, immerse yourself in 1744 France or visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

New in 2016: Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Effective March 15, 2016 most international visitors to Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before they are allowed to board an international flight departing for Canada. This authorization is required in addition to a passport. The authorization is not required for U.S. citizens, travellers with a valid visa, or visitors travelling by road or sea. Visit for more information.

Sailing to Nova Scotia

Our magnificent coastline, dotted with endless inlets, coves, and harbours, stretches over 7,600 kilometres (more than 4,700 miles). The character of the landscape changes dramatically from end to end and is perfect for exploring by sailboat. For more information on sailing to and within Nova Scotia, view Develop Nova Scotia's Nova Scotia Boating Guide.

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Boating in Nova Scotia