t looks as though The Cat is going to be taking another year off from the sea.
Actually, it's third year off from the sea, to be exact. The company that is contracted to run services between Bar Harbor and Nova Scotia, Bay Ferries Ltd, has scraped a third year of service in a row.
On February 1, 2021, the Province of Nova Scotia announced the suspension of the Nova Scotia to Maine ferry service for the 2021 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the MPBN, this is the third year the CAT has been established to shuttle between Nova Scotia and Bar Harbor, giving travelers a much shorter route between the two locations compared to what is available for land travel. It's also the third year that it's services have been suspended and we have yet to be able to travel between the two locations using the CAT's convenient services.
Prior to it's new landing site in Bar Harbor, the CAT moved between Nova Scotia and Portland for ten years as a new, faster route between Northern New England and the Canadian Province.
2019 was to be the start of the CAT moving between Bar Harbor and Nova Scotia but was on hold for necessary construction as needed for Customs and Border Protection. The 2020 season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is continuing the stoppage of service for the 2021 season as well.
Haven't been on the boat yet? Here's a great video showing the delights of a trip on the ferry traveling from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to Portland, Maine.