The Canadian Forces Appreciation Fare is a year-round discount offered to serving members and veterans of the Canadian Forces. Designed as a token of appreciation for their current and past efforts in protecting the interests of the people of Canada at home and abroad, it has been well-received since its introduction in 2009.

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 neither vehicle fares nor on board services are included in this promotion.

Eligibility Changes Effective January 1, 2017

In an effort to simplify the eligibility process for this fare program, Marine Atlantic has been working with the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services to ensure all eligible members and veterans have access to the program.

To facilitate this process, effective January 1, 2017, the following two cards will be accepted as eligibility for the program:

CF1FC – CF card

CF1FC - CF card

CF1FC – V card

CF1FC- V card

An eligible individual must possess one of the above cards at the time of booking a reservation and must also present it at the time of travel.

For Canadian Armed Forces personnel and veterans who do not have these cards, the CF One Program of the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services would be pleased to assist by visiting their website at www.cf1fc.ca or by calling 1-855-245-0330 Ext 6.

Transition Phase

Until December 31, 2016, Marine Atlantic will implement a transition period in which Canadian Forces personnel who do not possess the CF1FC-CF or CF1FC-V cards can use the following pieces of identification:

  • 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;
  • Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Benefit Card for veterans
  • Certificate of Discharge; or
  • Certificate of Service

Please note, only the CF1FC-CF or CF1FC-V cards will be accepted after December 31, 2016.

For Canadian Forces personnel and veterans who do not have these cards, the CFOne Program within Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services would be pleased to assist by visiting their website at www.cf1fc.ca or by calling 1-855-245-0330 Ext 6.

Booking a Reservation

To make a reservation under the Canadian Forces Appreciation Fare, please contact Marine Atlantic reservations at 1-800-341-7981 or visit the Marine Atlantic website at www.marineatlantic.ca .

The primary individual on the reservation must possess the appropriate Canadian Forces identification (not necessarily the driver of the vehicle). At the time of making the reservation, the Canadian Forces member must indicate the type of identification being used, as well as present the identification and a photo at the time of check-in to confirm eligibility under the program.