Proud of our History - the MV Vacationland

by Darrell Mercer

Marine Atlantic, its predecessor CN Marine, and pre-confederation Newfoundland coastal boats have a strong and proud history serving the people of Atlantic Canada through ferry terminals, passenger vessels and rail service.

In this week’s “Throwback Thursday” blog posting we highlight the MV Vacationland which serviced the Prince Edward Island-New Brunswick crossing from 1971-1997.

When introduced to the service, the vessel was high speed with open vehicle decks to increase available capacity. The vessel, and its sister ship the MV Holiday Island, were built specifically for summer tourism traffic which was evident by their names.

Designed to help manage increasing traffic volumes to Prince Edward Island, it made the loading and unloading process more efficient and helped manage and transport the increased number of tourists wanting to visit the popular Island destination.

We hope you enjoy these photos of a unique and popular vessel on the Prince Edward Island-New Brunswick service.

As always, we welcome your photos for posting in a future blog. Please email your photos to socialmedia@marineatlantic.ca  including any facts such as the date and location.

In next week’s blog posting, we highlight the original SS Bruce, the first vessel to make the Port aux Basques-North Sydney crossing serving from 1898 to 1911.

                
  • Circa 1980s

  • Circa 1980s

  • Circa 1980s

  • Circa 1980s

  • MV Vacationland circa 1970s

  • Vessel seating lounge

  • Vessel cafeteria

  • Vessel cafeteria

  • Vessel deck

  • MV Vacationland circa 1970s

  • MV Vacationland in Cape Tormentine, NB circa 1970s

  • MV Vacationland and MV Abegweit in Cape Tormentine, NB circa 1970s

  • MV Vacationland, MV Holiday Island and MV Abegweit in Borden, PEI circa 1997