Car Ferry Tender Awarded

We have just heard that the tender for a new car ferry for the Tancook Islands was officially awarded today to A. F. Theriault and Son Ltd. in Meteghan, N.S.
It is our understanding that our new car ferry will be similar to “Margaret’s Justice,” the new ferry servicing Long Island and Brier Island.
(photo credit A. F. Theriault and Son Ltd.)

Car Ferry for the Tancook Islands Announced

Press Release: Car Ferry for the Tancook Islands

News release

New Tancook Islands Ferry, Shorter Route Announced

Residents of Little and Big Tancook Islands will benefit from a new car ferry, the province announced today, Nov. 4.

The new vessel will provide shorter, more frequent trips and allow transport trucks and emergency response vehicles to access the islands.

The province and the Government of Canada are each investing $4.9 million for a new 18-car ferry. The new vessel will replace the existing 38-year-old foot passenger ferry.

The Tancook Islands ferry departure route is also changing to accommodate a car ferry. The landing will move to Blandford, Lunenburg Co. from Chester. Travel time on the new route will drop from 50 to 30 minutes. The number of daily crossings will increase from four to about 11.

“The new ferry will help ensure a safe and reliable service to residents and visitors of Tancook Islands,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. “It will also improve access to essential services such as ambulances, as well as economic and tourism opportunities.”

Construction of the new car ferry is expected to start this winter with an estimated completion date of Spring 2022.

Quotes:

Strong and modern infrastructure is an essential building block for healthy and prosperous rural communities. The Tancook Island ferry replacement will improve access to essential services for residents, while opening the community to new tourism and business opportunities.Bernadette JordanMinister of FisheriesOceans and Canadian Coast Guard, on behalf of Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

Not only will a new car ferry bring better services to the islands from all levels of government and create economic opportunities, it shows commitment to rural Nova Scotia. It means a safe, reliable service for the residents of these islands and makes living here more attractive to future residents, ensuring the viability of these Islands for years to come.Jason KeddyCaptain of the Tancook Islands ferry

Quick Facts:

  • about 200 people live on the Tancook Islands
  • the Tancook Islands ferry is currently a passenger-only ferry that makes four return trips daily, seven days a week from Chester
  • the existing ferry is 39 years old
  • Chester is not able to accommodate the new 18-car ferry
  • Tancook Island ferry is one of three provincial ferries being replaced. Others include the Country Harbour ferry in Guysborough County and the Little Narrows ferry in Victoria County

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Steve Warburton
Cell: 902-943-7681

Rec Centre WILL be open this summer

We are excited to share some good news! Today, we received word that we will receive funding for the position of Tancook Tourism Ambassador for this summer. This means that the Rec Centre will be open to visitors beginning the first week of July. (We will post hours, etc. once we have hired a candidate to fill the position.) Needless to say, we will follow all health and safety guidelines as set out by the Nova Scotia Government.

If you are between the ages of 15-30 you may apply for this position. Please see the attached poster for details.

Things to consider when planning a visit to Tancook during the current pandemic

Dear Friends of Tancook

These are difficult times for all of us. We are doing our best to abide by the rules and expectations as outlined by Dr. Strang. We do feel fortunate that there are no places/opportunities for gatherings of more than 5 on the island during the Covid-19 pandemic, unlike city life where large stores are open.

We have noticed visitors arriving to spend some time on the island. It is understandable that people wish to get away for a day. For everyone’s safety, we do wish to point out some important things to bear in mind:

  • The ferry capacity currently is 50.
  • The rule of social distancing (6 ft or 2 meters) applies here.
  • 71% of island households include seniors.
  • Several homes have signs on their doors requesting “No Visitors”.
  • There are 2 outhouses but no publicly accessible running water on the island. (You would have to bring your own hand sanitizer.)
  • Our Medical First Responders (MFRS) have been instructed that they cannot assist in any emergency (other than vehicle collisions and difficult extractions) during the pandemic. If there is a 911 medical call out, Paramedics will attend from the mainland by either ferry or Lifeflight. BTIERA will provide transport locally for the paramedics.
  • A ban on open fires is in effect throughout all of Nova Scotia. The fire ban will remain in effect until at least 15 May 2020.

We all hope that before long, the current restrictions will ease, making it easier for all of us to visit friends and family and enjoy this beautiful place in which we live. In the meantime, it is the responsibility of each of us to be safe and sensible.