| Welcome | Activities | Businesses | Community Events | Photo Gallery | Links | Island Information | Guestbook |
ISLAND INFORMATION

HOW TO GET HERE

From Digby, take Route 217 (Digby Neck and Islands Scenic Drive) west to East Ferry (45 minutes); take the ferry to Tiverton, drive down Long Island to Freeport (15 minutes), then take the next ferry to Westport, Brier Island.

If coming from the Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport, take Highway 102 south to the Annapolis Valley exit (15 minutes); take Highway 101 west from Lower Sackville to Digby (2 hours). From Digby, take Route 217 (Digby Neck and Islands Scenic Drive) west to East Ferry (45 minutes); take the ferry to Tiverton, drive down Long Island to Freeport (15 minutes), then take the next ferry to Westport, Brier Island. See map below.

If coming from Halifax, take Highway 101 west to Digby (2 hours). From Digby, take Route 217 (Digby Neck and Islands Scenic Drive) west to East Ferry (45 minutes); take the ferry to Tiverton, drive down Long Island to Freeport (15 minutes), then take the next ferry to Westport, Brier Island. See map below.

From Yarmouth, take Highway 101 east from Yarmouth to Digby (1 hour). From Digby, take Route 217 (Digby Neck and Islands Scenic Drive) west to East Ferry (45 minutes); take the ferry to Tiverton, drive down Long Island to Freeport (15 minutes), then take the next ferry to Westport, Brier Island.

[Halifax to Westport]

EXPLORING BRIER ISLAND

There are few actual roads on the island, and only Westport has paved roads; the rest are gravel and dirt. When coming off the ferry, turning left will take you to Westport's central business district (Robicheau's General Store, Brier Island Hostel, gift shops, whale watching tours, etc.); turning right will take you to Brier Island Lodge, Northern Light and trail access to Seal Cove. Hiking and mountain-bike trails criss-cross the island, allowing extensive access to remote areas (the only place that visitors are not allowed is on private property at Greenhead/Big Cove). The Slocum monument near Peter's Island, at the end of the Digby Neck and Islands Scenic Drive, epitomizes the very spirit or adventure and exploration; Nova Scotia native Joshua Slocum was the first man to sail around the world solo. Western Light marks the westernmost point in the province. Pond Cove is where you'll find a beautiful sandy beach (although the water might be a wee bit chilly).

Brier Island Lodge distributes a fine map of the island to its guests; view it in JPEG format or download the PDF file.
Understanding The
Ferry Schedule


Going To Brier Island:

It's approximately 45 minutes from Digby to East Ferry, where you must catch the first ferry. The ferry costs $5.00 and leaves East Ferry at half past the hour. The ride across Petit Passage takes no more than 5 minutes. Arriving in Tiverton, Long Island, it's approximately 15 minutes to Freeport (the ferries are timed so that if you drive from Tiverton straight to Freeport without stopping, you can catch the next ferry). The ferry leaves Freeport at the top of the hour, and also costs $5.00 (so, you'll need $10.00 cash to cover both ferries). The ride across Grand Passage to Westport, Brier Island takes 10 minutes. Welcome!

Leaving Brier Island:

The ferry leaves Westport, Brier Island at 25 minutes past the hour. There is no ferry fee when you leave. Arriving in Freeport, if you drive straight through to Tiverton, you can catch the next ferry before it leaves at the top of the hour. Once again, no ferry fee. Arriving in East Ferry, you can travel up Digby Neck at your leisure. Hope to see you again!

Latest Weather Forecast from Environment Canada

Tide Times from Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Select Westport in pull-down list.

Sun & Moon Info from balloonweather.com

Find Us on Google Earth
Requires Google Earth software download.


© 2011 BIL. All rights reserved.