There has been a ferry service between Yarmouth Nova Scotia and the USA since the 1880s. In 2009 the service was ended due to the provincial government withdrawing the subsidy that was necessary to keep the ferry operating.
The effect on South West Nova Scotia, and indeed the whole province, has been catastrophic. Many many businesses throughout Nova Scotia have suffered extreme financial hardship. Unemployment has risen sharply and people are suffering.
The loss of the large number of visitors coming into Nova Scotia means the government is also losing revenue, no ferry means no HST on many thousands of tourist dollars. For over a hundred years Americans used to come to Nova Scotia via a Yarmouth ferry. They chose the ferry because it is the closest and most direct route from their Eastern seaboard. The ferry sailed from Portland and Bar Harbour Maine in recent times but there was a ferry service from Boston Mass not that long ago.
Please sign this petition and help get a year round ferry back. If you can forward this via email to your contacts and/or share on Facebook that would be a great help, many thanks!
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