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Flights, Ferries & Finding Your Way

“We wander for distraction,

but we travel for fulfillment.”

Hilaire Belloc

We love that you’ve included the Municipality of Chester in your travel plans and we truly hope you enjoy your stay once you arrive.

When it comes to your journey to get here, however – we’re happy to report ... you've plenty of options!

Indeed there are some of you who will travel on water in their own vessel to one of our many marinas and we’ll be most pleased to welcome you. For a complete list click here.

If flights are your fancy then you’ll be arriving via Halifax Stanfield International Airport YHZ. Serving mainland Nova Scotia and neighbouring Maritime Provinces, they welcomed over 4.3 million passengers in 2018 with flights arriving daily from all around the world. The airport is just an hour’s drive away (78km/48miles) with plenty of car rental companies to get you moving once you’re on the ground. For all the details on Halifax Stanfield including Arrival and Departure information - visit their official website

If you’re driving to the Municipality of Chester rest assured you’ll be wowed by the wonderful scenery.  For speed - Highway 103 will get you where you need to go, but for the full South Shore experience we highly recommend taking the Lighthouse Route complete with sandy beaches, really tasty restaurants, sweet shops and enough photo ops to blow up your Instagram account.

For an on line road map of Nova Scotia click here.

Naturally the time of year you’re set to arrive is bound to have an impact on which route is best – so best to verify the road conditions with provinces official site here

Ferries are fantastic ways to arrive in our corner of the world that way you can take in the awesome Atlantic blue on your way to Canada’s Ocean Playground. There are plenty of ferry ports leading into Nova Scotia – just click on the route to be connected with the travel details you require.

Bar Harbor, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (approx 243km/ 151miles away)

Wood Islands, PEI to Caribou, Nova Scotia (approx 215 km/ 136miles away)

Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia (approx 171km/ 106miles away)

Now if you’ve gotta stay grounded you can find your way to and from Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge. You’ll need to head to New Brunswick first (approximately 3hrs (302km/188miles) but then you can “Take the High Road” across the Northumberland Strait via the Fixed Link in about 12 minutes. For all the details including tolls and wind conditions visit their official site

And if you’ve got Cape Breton included in your travel plans you’ll find your way to and from there via the Canso Causeway. Be sure to count on a drive time of approximately 3 h 15 min (309km/192) between the Municipality of Chester and the to the 1,385 metres/ 0.86miles long stretch connecting the mainland with Cape Breton. For more on this route click here.

Be sure to travel safely and by all means share your shots along the way by tagging us @TourismChester and connect with us via the links below!