We had beautiful sunny weather for virtually our entire 3-days, so the ferry rides between Deer and Campobello Islands were very enjoyable as well. A private company, East Coast Ferries Limited runs two ferries from the end of Deer Island that is furthest from the mainland. The one that we were interested in runs to and from Campobello Island every half-hour between 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM. That is, the ferry leaves Deer at 8:30 AM, it leaves Campobello at 9:00 AM, then Deer at 9:30 AM and so on. Their second ferry serves the nearby American town of Eastport - claiming to be the most easterly town in the United States. It makes a similar run between the hours of 9:00 AM and 7:30 PM. We paid C$4 (US$3.60) each for our bicycles (cash only), while a car/driver pays C$14 and C$3 per passenger to a maximum of C$20. Motorcycles cost C$7, motor coaches C$50 and large trucks/trailers are charged C$1 per foot.
This ferry had a slick arrangement whereby the powered tender 'Hopper II' is attached to the mid-point of the vehicle-barge by a long steel beam on a pivot. Once the ferry backs off the beach with its load, the 'Hopper II' releases one of its attachments to the barge and swings itself around in the other direction by means of this pivot (see the 3rd photo). Sailings are from the very picturesque Deer Island Point Park and we were able to see a Minke Whale on our return trip. This route also gives you a good look at the 2nd largest whirlpool in the world - the 'Old Sow'.
This biking trip was another great way to spend 3-days, not doing any really serious biking in our ~90-km (55 mile) round trip. Deer Island was a very peaceful place to bike, because there was not a lot of traffic and the temperature was a comfortable 24 C (75 F) with no winds to contend with. I had not really paid much attention to the lay of the land on Deer Island before we started out, and was surprised at the number and steepness of the hills along its eastern shore. As we passed through each of the villages of Chocolate Cove, Leonardville, Nor-West Harbour and Lord's Cove, we had exhilarating rides downhill before starting another climb to the next village!
All the roads were nicely paved and most had good shoulders that we could get over onto if we spotted a vehicle coming in our rearview mirrors.
One of the advantages of bicycling is that, when you reach a ferry departure point, you can ride up to the head of the line of vehicles and just slip your bike somewhere along the side of the cars when the boarding begins. It was about 12:30 PM on our first day when we turned up at Letete to catch one of the free New Brunswick provincial ferries operating between the mainland and Deer Island. We caught the "Deer Island Princess II", with a capacity of 20 cars, on both of our crossings here. Duties are shared with the "John E. Rigby", a 17 car ferry, for 16 hours per day, with ferries leaving every half-hour (one from each side). The actual crossing is only 5-km (3 miles), taking about 20 minutes to weave between various small islands that separate Passamaquaddy Bay from the much larger Bay of Fundy. It was beautiful sunny weather, so most passengers got out of their vehicles and joined Russ and I on deck as we took in the amazing scenery, including a whale-watching schooner out of St. Andrews, NB.
Similar free ferries operate on major river crossings in southwestern New Brunswick so, if you get the chance, take the back roads and enjoy a little cruise!