It took four years to finish one of the greatest Canadian construction projects of the 20th century and on May 31st, 1997, the Confederation Bridge was open to traffic.
There is no toll to cross the bridge when entering from New Brunswick but on your way back, at Borden-Carleton Plaza, there is a charge of $46.50 CA for a car crossing, or more for larger vehicles, and less for pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists (year 2016).
Ferry crossing (Road Trip)
If crossing of the Confederation bridge and visit to Prince Edward Island is part of a longer road trip, once you decide to leave PEI, and if heading to Nova Scotia (map), alternative option is only an hour drive away from Charlottetown, in a form of a ferry crossing over the Northumberland Strait, from Wood Island in P.E.I. to Caribou Island in Nova Scotia.
When leaving the island by ferry, crossing is slightly more expensive than crossing the Confederation bridge back to New Brunswick, but it makes a travel more interesting if you are heading to Nova Scotia.
On the other end, crossing from Nova Scotia to PEI by ferry is free of charge, just as crossing the Confederation bridge from New Brunswick to PEI..
Taking a ferry to and from Nova Scotia was a great experience thanks to a services provided by Northumberland Ferries – Bay Ferries, a ferry company with headquarters in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
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