COUNTRY HARBOUR – A new ferry is coming to Country Harbour. Bernadette Jordan, federal Minister of Rural Economic Development, and Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, announced support for two new ferry replacement projects in Nova Scotia on Friday, May 17.
The Little Narrows Ferry in Cape Breton, and the Country Harbour Ferry will both be replaced by a cable ferry that can carry 15 cars, increasing passenger capacity, and improving overall operational efficiency. The new ferries will have improved mechanical systems and engines, ensuring that ferry services remain in operation for years to come.
The Country Harbour Ferry will be improved to provide more efficient service in the surrounding areas, shortening travel times for many workers in the area and emergency vehicles. Once in operation, the new ferries will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The improved Little Narrows Ferry will maintain important transportation links to Baddeck and Sydney, and act as a major travel route for tourists and bus tours visiting the region for Celtic Colours and the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Summer Games.
The Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are each contributing up to $6 million towards these projects through the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan.
“Ferries have long been a part of Nova Scotia’s transportation system," said Minister Hines. "Today’s funding will help ensure a safe and reliable service to residents and travellers at Country Harbour and Little Narrows. The funding also demonstrates our federal government’s commitment to rural Nova Scotia."
“Investing in the improvement of our regional transportation systems is essential to providing a high quality of life for residents and supporting increased tourism in our province," said Minister Jordan "The upgrades to the Little Narrows Ferry and the Country Harbour Ferry will make daily travel more reliable and comfortable for area residents and visitors, allowing them to travel to and from our region’s top destinations and attractions safely and efficiently.”