BAR HARBOR – Soon hundreds will be able to use the ferry service that goes between Bar Harbor and Canada. The Bar Harbor planning board approved the project and construction is well underway at the property.
Bar Harbor Town Manager Cornell Knight said the town purchased the terminal lot from Maine DOT. They closed on it January 31.
Knight said the town then signed a lease with Atlantic Fleet Services, which is the American contractor with Bay Ferries out of Nova Scotia.
“It’s a five year lease and they’ll provide daily service with the cat from Yarmouth Nova Scotia to Bar Harbor,” said Knight.
Things are moving fast, he said their target start date is June 21st, “And it’ll run roughly each year from June to October.”
Knight said the property has been sitting still for almost ten years now, and they are renovating the building and groundwork to meet customer operation requirements.
“Developing the ramp system where the boat will dock. They’re not using the old pier they’ll be abutting to it with driving their own piles.” When it is operational, the ferry will leave Yarmouth, Nova Scotia at 9 AM and will arrive at Bar Harbor at noon and then leave at three.
“The property is only used about three hours a day.”
Knight said he thinks people are pleased with having the CAT back and it helps the town’s budget.
“The minimum lease payment every year is $200,000 but we anticipate that it’ll be much better than that,” Knight said.
He said he’s heard sales are going well and the CAT already started taking reservations this past week and is getting a lot of interest.