5 Reasons Why Atlantic Canada Needs A Ferry Service
The new NDP government has been plagued by many problems in the first few months of administration: labor disputes, budget shortages and travel expenses. However, with these issues now, nothing will come back to bite Nova Scotia and other Atlantic difficulties like the abolition of Ferry service in the U.S. and Nova Scotia.
For those who think the ferry service is difficult for Nova Scotia taxpayers, or who simply ignore it, consider the following:
1. South Shore Economy
Outside the back-and-forth Ferry in the middle of the U.S. and Nova Scotia, South Shore businesses and the lower Annapolis Valley will be directly affected. This covers the whole business, from bed and breakfast to convenience stores. These are tax-paying businesses (HST and income), income from the tax system and school. Apart from this influx of income, both Canadian taxpayers and those from cities in the “Couldn’tt-Really-Care, Nova Scotia” region will have to raise the bar to keep schools and infrastructure going.
Take a good look at a map of North America. Nova Scotia is connected to the Atlantic. Now look at the big centers and ask yourself, “If anyone wants to come here from the U.S., how can they get in?” Flights are expensive, and driving here looks like The Great Trek. A Ferry from Bar Harbor or Portland gave travelers even more reason to come.
3. Port to Atlantic Canada
By Ferry to Yarmouth, a family from Boston or other eastern parts of the U.S. who wanted to visit Atlantic Canada could take 4 provinces in one trip. They arrived in Yarmouth by Ferry to Cape Breton and boarded another ferry bound for Newfoundland. On the way back, they boarded another Ferry in Caribou and visited P.E.I., Then took the Confederation bridge to New Brunswick – where they were on the main return road past the New Brunswick and home. This route makes it even more attractive for Americans to visit Newfoundland, a choice that may not be the best without a Ferry.
4. Foreign Travel Companies
I just said that the route is much better for FIT passengers (free goods) but what about traveling by bus? Each year, hundreds of buses arrive in the Ferry system. Outside the Ferry, their plans will be changed and “Canadian Tourism” may miss out on basic food like Cabot Trail or Kejimkujik National Park. Also, look at the map and see if you are a travel designer. The route is less attractive than a Ferry.
5. Halifax Will Be The Only Revenue Area
Although I live in HRM, this place is part of Nova Scotia. The cruise ship currently saw Nova Scotia as a half-day voyage from Pier21. Outside the ferry, the event could escalate to plan an additional trip using Halifax as a base instead of part of the entire trip.
We may not need a Ferry as we do now, but we can use ancient ships, which carry cars on a reliable system. Because it is easy to chase a Ferry when it is 10 Celsius, but the real cost will come next fall when we read the 2010 tourism statistics and business closure.
You can also read our another travel article, 9 Reasons to Visit Liverpool, Nova Scotia