Proud of our History - the Digby Ferry Terminal

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 Digby, N.S., ferry terminal which had an historical attachment to Marine Atlantic and its predecessors from 1894 to 1997.

Beginning with the Dominion Atlantic Railway in 1894, the Bay of Fundy service was consolidated to make Digby and Saint John, N.B., the main ports of call between the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. A strategic port in western Nova Scotia known for its world-class sea food, Digby has been recognized as an important economic link for transporting both passengers and commercial goods for over 100 years.

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In next week’s blog posting we highlight the MV Leif Eriksson which serviced the Port aux Basques-North Sydney route from 1966 to 1976.



  • Circa early 1900s

  • Circa 1970s

  • MV Princess of Acadia docking in Digby circa 1970s

  • Seating lounge circa 1980s

  • Circa 1980s

  • Circa 1980s

  • Circa 1980s

  • Circa 1980s