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The 'CAT' docked at the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal on May 4, 2023 (Acadia News Photo)

As ‘CAT’ season ends, YASTA reflects on successful summer

By Kevin Northup Oct 10, 2023 | 12:22 PM

The ‘CAT’ ferry has wrapped up another sailing season.

It’s the second consecutive year the ferry has operated from Yarmouth to Bar Harbor, Maine.

Final passenger numbers haven’t been released, as of last month over 38,000 tickets had been sold.

Neil MacKenzie with the Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association says it was a successful summer.

“Certainly room nights are doing well, and from the regional perspective, we’ve found visitors are coming to our area and staying longer,” said MacKenzie.

He says despite the fires and floods Nova Scotia experienced during the season, things went well.

A cruise ship visited Yarmouth Harbour last week, and MacKenzie says they hope to continue building those relationships.

“It’s another market we’re trying to go into, and it goes well with our ferry season because the high-season for cruise ships is actually this time of year.”

He says there were visitors to Yarmouth from cruise ships that docked in Shelburne.

MacKenzie adds that next month’s Nova Scotia Music Week in Yarmouth will bring lots of visitors.

“We’ve exceeded our targets for numbers with that event, and the organizers are quite pleased. It’s happening November 2-5, there will be many amazing artists here. It will add a boost to our region and accommodations sector.”