Are you a member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces? If so, you may be eligible for a special Canadian Forces Appreciation Fare offered by Marine Atlantic.

Members of our Canadian Armed Forces work each and every day at home, throughout our country and around the world to protect the interests of the people of Canada. The Canadian Forces Appreciation Fare is a small token of appreciation for those efforts.

This year-round program is available to Canadian Forces personnel, veterans and up to three companions on the same reservation and provides free passenger fare on the Port aux Basques/North Sydney ferry route, or a 50 per cent discount on passenger fare when travelling on the Argentia/North Sydney ferry service. Please note that vehicle fares are not included in this promotion.

The Canadian Forces Appreciation Fare can be booked by contacting Marine Atlantic reservations at 1-800-341-7981.


For the purpose of this promotion Canadian Forces personnel are defined as active or retired members of the army, navy, air force or reserves.

Working directly with representatives of the Canadian Forces, we have determined eligible individuals will require one of the following pieces of identification at the time of booking a reservation and must also present it at the time of travel:

  • ID Cards for the Department of National Defence (Cards: NDI 10, NDI 20, NDI 30, NDI 50, DND 2262);
  • Record of Service Card (NDI 75 or CF-75) for retired military; or
  • Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Benefit Card for veterans.
  • Certificate of Discharge; or
  • Certificate of Service

If you are a current or retired members of the Canadian Forces and do not have one of the required pieces of identification, please contact the Customer Relations Department at or 1-800-897-2797.

The primary individual on the reservation must be a qualified member of the Canadian Forces (not necessarily the driver of the vehicle). At the time of making the reservation, the Canadian Forces member must provide the identification number located on one of the accepted forms of identification.

All of us at Marine Atlantic welcome our Canadian Forces personnel and thank them for their ongoing dedication, commitment and service to the people of Canada.