Confederation Bridge, Prince Edward Island
Reasons to use the Bridge
The Confederation Bridge joins the provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, Canada and forms part of the Trans Canada Highway-making travel to and from the mainland fast and simple. A close 30 minutes from the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick border, the engineering marvel is open year-round 24 hours a day and takes a little over 10 minutes to cross.
Safe, reliable and economical too! When it comes down to crossing alternatives, traveling the Confederation Bridge offers value you can count on. Tolls are collected upon leaving the Island and are established on the basis of a round trip.
Through innovations and excellence, the Confederation Bridge incorporates measures that preserve or enhance existing values in its surroundings. By selecting the Confederation Bridge for your crossing you are making a choice that minimizes Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
If you take the ferry from Caribou, NS you have the opputinity to explore the eastern end of the island befoore the northern coast ( I think the west and North Cape is most relaxing part of the island).
This 12.9 km bridge between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island was completed in 1997 and I think it is fair to say that driving across the Confederation Bridge is an attraction in itself. It is important to know that although driving across the bridge to P.E.I. is free, it costs $39.50 (for a car) to leave the Island, no matter how long you stay. So if you were thinking about making a short trip to P.E.I. to grab an oh-so delicious Cows ice cream cone, don't forget that it'll cost you a total of about $45.00 to bring that ice cream home with you!
Getting to P.E.I. is very easy - you've got two main options. There's the giant Confederation Bridge which connects New Brunswick and the island, and there's a regular ferry service between P.E.I. and Nova Scotia. The bridge will take you to the middle part of the island and is thus a great starting point for a round trip, while the ferry lands in Wood Islands which is further west.
The Confederation Bridge was opened only 10 years ago and is a masterpiece of technology. With a length of 13km (!!!) it is among the longest bridges of the world. Interestingly, it is not completely straight, which according to the official website was done to ensure that drivers do not lose concentration when driving for more than 10 minutes on the narrow lane. Its highest point lies 60m above the sea, but in average it's around 40m. Crossing the Confederation Bridge in winter when the strait below it is frozen means crossing the world's longest bridge over ice-covered waters.
A good thing to do when coming from New Brunswick is to stop at the VIC just next to the bridge (signposted "last exit before bridge" or something like that) - this will enable you to take some great photographs of the bridge pylons and discover its bent shape.
Crossing the bridge to P.E.I. is free, but when you leave the island, you have to pay a fee of $40,75 per car, or $16,75 per motorcycle. RVs and other multi-axle vehicles are more expensive.
Why not check out the official website before you go there? Apart from interesting information about the bridge, you're able to view a live webcam showing you the traffic on the bridge.
The 13 kilometer Confederation Bridge is a quick way to arrive and depart the island.
It's free to cross the bridge TO PEI, but expect to pay about $28 US to return.
It was completed in 1997, amid much debate....
The Confederation Bridge was completed in 1997, and connects PEI to the mainland (New Brunswick). It takes about 15 minutes to drive from one end to the other and when you arrive on the PEI side, you're in Borden-Carleton. You don't have to pay anything when arriving on the Island, but you do have to pay to leave (I'm not sure what the fee is, but I think it's at least $30-40).
If you don't have a car, there is a shuttle that can take you across the bridge.
You can drive to Prince Edward Island in two ways: by the Confederation Bridge from New Brunswick, and by Northumberland Ferries from Nova Scotia.
Prince Edward Island is roughly 1600 km (1000 miles) from Toronto, 1000 km (625 miles) from Montréal, 1100 km (650 miles) from Boston, and 1450 km (850 miles) from New York City.
Charlottetown's a small city. You can easily get around in a car and see lots of things downtown by walking.
Until the Confederate Bridge was built, much to the dismay of some of the Islanders, the only way onto the island was by ferry boat or plane. Opened in 1997 at around 13 Kilometers in length, the Confederate Bridge takes you from Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick to Borden, PEI. There is no toll go to the island, but coming back the toll is around $40 CDN.