Wood Island Ferry to New Glasgow on Mainland on PEI

Why Travel between Charlottetown and New Glasgow?

After crossing the tidal Hillsborough River to Stratford, you meander on a two-lane country road past farmlands and through several small towns to get to the ferry dock at Wood Islands, where you take a short ferry ride to the mainland in Nova Scotia. From there it’s a short drive to connect to the Nova Scotia section of the Trans-Canada Highway.

Fundy National Park showcases the world's highest tides

Here is the itinerary for the 84 kilometres (driving) along Route 1 from Charlottetown to Woods Island, via the Ferry to Pictou, Nova Scotia and via Route 108 to nearby New Glasgow:

You leave from Charlottetown heading east over Hillsborough River causeway, built in 1961, has affected the tidal flow of the river and the area’s flora and fauna. The dykes along the shore have constricted tidal flows, forcing them to flow much faster though the open middle portion. Terns seen flying around the causeway are nesting around the old bridge piers.

Only a few kilometres east of Charlottetown’s Stratford suburb, you are returned to idyllic PEI farm country. The valleys here are filled with fine rich sediment from this are being underwater for a time in the post-glacial era. This is especially noticeable around Orwell. Also at Orwell is a historic village which recreates Island life just after Confederation, with a number of historical structures and staffed by costumed re-enactors.
Fundy National Park showcases the world's highest tides

Pinette Provincial Park, not far from the Pinette causeway, has an interesting sandy beach, with a variety of seashells including the razor clam, which resembles an old straight-razor, and extensive mussel beds with their rockweed algae (which have air sacs to keep them floating upright),

Woods Islands is the location site of the island’s remaining ferry terminal, which has started as mail service to the Island in 1775. These islands were once completely out of the water, and divers can see remains of a drowned forest about 8 feet below the current sea level. This ferry charges vehicles traveling in either direction, while the Confederation Bridge only charges those leaving, so traveler can save money visiting PEI on their eastbound trip.

Elevation Chart - Charlottetown to New Glasgow

Elevation Chart - Charlottetown to New Glasgow

Trans-Canada Highway Itinerary Map

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0Exit #22: Junction Trans-Canada Highway #104 East to Port Hastings & North Sydney with ferries to Newfoundland, West to Truro (connect to 102 south to Halifax), and Amherst… (New Glasgow) 53.3

 

1Exit #1: Mount William Road North access to towns of Westville (5 km), Stellarton (5 km), and New Glasgow (7 km) (New Glasgow) 84.1

 

6Exit #2, Abercrombie Rd North access to town of New Glasgow (10 km) (New Glasgow) 11.9

 

8S end of bridge Crossing Pictou Harbour (Pictou) 7.3

 

9.4N end of bridge Browe’s Point to west of bridge. Crossing Pictou Harbour (Pictou) 6.7

 

10Cross-street: Haliburton Rd, South access to town of Pictou (Pictou) 20.4

 

11Traffic circle junction with Route #6, Route 256 west and #256 (West River Rd) SE to town ot Pictou. Route 6 heads northwest along Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Strait Coast, including Waterside Beach… (Pictou) 18.6

 

14Intersection Central Caribou Rd, Access to town of Central Caribou (1 km to east) (Pictou) 22.6

 

18Hwy 256, W to Waterside Beach PP (8 km), E to Caribou Provincial Park (4 km)19.8

 

19Wood Islands Ferry, S to Caribou (Wood Islands) 0.6

 

19Caribou Ferry, N to Wood Islands, PE7

 

19.5Exit to Wood Islands PP0.6

 

20.2Junction of Hwy 4 (E) to Northumberland PP (2 km), community of White Sands (16 km), town of Murray River (18 km) (Wood Islands) 10.4

 

20.5Junction route 315 / Highway 24/Wood Islands Rd, N to Orwell (22 km) (Wood Islands) 14.6

 

22Macleod Rd (S) to Wood Islands breakwater10.4

 

22.7junction: route 315 / Crawfords Rd (NE) to community of Mount Vernon (7 km)15.8

 

23.1Junction: route 207 / Garfield Rd (NW) to Melville (7 km), Garfield (13 km), Pioneer Cemetery Rd (SE)15.2

 

27.1Junction: Factory Rd (W) and route 201 Greys Rd (E) to town of Murray River (18 km)2.7

 

27.3Crossing Belle River (Belle River) 1.5

 

27.7Junction route 202 / Douses Rd (NE) and Stewart Point Rd (W) (Belle River) 14.9

 

30.7Big Point Rd (SW)7.9

 

30.8Intersection Route 203 / Culloden Rd (NW)3.4

 

31.2Crossing Belle River2.7

 

31.4Intersection Highway 261 / Camp Rd (NW)to Melville (Flat River) 6.4

 

33.8Crossing Flat River, view S to Gascoinge Cove, tidal estuary (Flat River) 4.9

 

34.2High Rd, N to Roseberry (2 km)4.3

 

35.6Intersection Highway 208 / Roseberry Rd (NE) to Roseberry (2 km), North Pinette11.3

 

37.4Ponds Rd (W)18.3

 

38.6Crossing South Branch Pintte River, tidal estuary (Pinette) 7.9

 

38.8Pinette Rd (W), town of Pinette, E to Pinette Provincial Park (Pinette) 15.5

 

41.1Crossing Pinette River, tidal estuary (Pinette) 6.7

 

42.8Glashvin Rd (SW) (Pinette) 25

 

43James Rd (NW) to Lord Selkirk Provincial Park (1 km)18.9

 

43.4Intersection Highway 209 / Point Prim Rd (W) to Mount Buchanan (2 km), Point Prim (7 km), Point Prim Lighthouse (11 km)10.7

 

45.6Junction of Route 207/ Garfield Rd (SE) to Belfast (2 km), and Halliday Rd (NW) (Eldon) 32.6

 

47.7Junction Hwy 211 / Newtown Rd (NE)10.7

 

47.8crossing Newtown River, tidal estuary13.7

 

50.8Kinlock Rd (SE), Wharf Rd (NW), Greenwich Gate Lodge 902-961-3496 accommodation40.5

 

52.1Orwell Cove Rd (SW)46.9

 

53.1Intersection route 210 / Kinross Rd (NE) to Kinross (2 km) & route 23 / Selkirk Rd (S) shortcut to Wood Islands Ferry (22 km)13.1

 

53.2Town of Orwell, Crossing Orwell river (Orwell) 13.7

 

53.3intersection: Old Uigg Rd (NE), access to Orwell Provincial Historic Park, Sir Andrew McPhail Homestead (Orwell) 10.1

 

56.4McKenna Dr (SW)12.2

 

57.3Junction of Hwy 212 Vernon River Rd (N) to community of Vernon River (5 km), and Scentia Rd (S)11.6

 

59.1Point of Interest crossing Vernon River, tidal estuary4.3

 

59.3community of Vernon Bridge4.3

 

61Crossing Seal River, tidal estuary4.9

 

62.7Intersection Highway 270 (McInnis Point Rd, SE to Cherry Valley South (Cherry Valley) 8.5

 

65.4Intersection Highway 3 E to Vernon River (8 km), Brudenell (25 km), Georgetown (33 km)14.9

 

68.3junction: 1A west to Pownall Bay, Hwy 272 (Village Ocean Green Rd) (Mount Mellick) 21.9

 

68.5Intersection: Waterside Rd S to community of Waterside, Pownal Rd W to Tea Hill Provincial Park, community of Alexandria17.4

 

69.6wetlands to NE of hwy25.9

 

70.5Intersection Highway 5 (48th Rd) E to town of Cardigan (28 km)25.9

 

72.2Intersection: Gay Rd (S) (Hazelbrook) 45.1

 

73Intersection: Jones Rd (N) (Hazelbrook) 47.2

 

76Intersection Highway 215 to Mount Herbert and Bethel, services46.9

 

77.5Reeves Blvd: access to Princess Pat Drive-In27.4

 

78.5Intersection Highway 1A to Tea Hill, Alexandria (Stratford) 37.5

 

78.6Junction: Hwy 1 & 1A. West along Stratford Rd, SE to Georgetown Rd to Tea Hill PP (3 km) (Stratford) 43.6

 

78.7Intersection: Mason Rd (NW) (Stratford) 30.8

 

79.5Intersection: Jubilee Rd (N), Kinlock Rd (S) to Fox Meadows golf course (Stratford) 21.3

 

80.8Intersection Stratford Rd (SW), Hopeton Rd (NE) to Bunbury Rd. Cross Hillsborough Bridge from Stratford (Stratford) 9.1

 

81Intersection: Highway 21 / Bunbury Rd (SE)5.8

 

81.1S side of 1.4 km Hillsborough Bridge crossing Hillsborough River1.5

 

82.5N side of 1.4 km Hillsborough Bridge crossing Hillsborough River (Charlottetown) 4

 

82.6Intersection: Water St Parkway (SE), Riverside Dr (NE) access to Charlottetown Exhibition Grounds & racetrack (1 km) (Charlottetown) 3

 

83Intersection: Edward St (N) gas & services (Charlottetown) 1.8

 

83.2Intersection: Cumberland St (Charlottetown) 7.6

 

83.3Intersection: Weymouth St (Charlottetown) 7

 

83.5Intersection: Hillsborough St (Charlottetown) 7.6

 

83.6Intersection: Prince St (Charlottetown) 8.8

 

83.8Intersection University Ave & Grafton Ave, S to Province House, Confederation Centre for Arts, accommodation (Charlottetown) 7.6

 

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0Intersection University Ave & Grafton Ave, S to Province House, Confederation Centre for Arts, accommodation (Charlottetown) 7.6

 

0.2Intersection: Prince St (Charlottetown) 8.8

 

0.3Intersection: Hillsborough St (Charlottetown) 7.6

 

0.5Intersection: Weymouth St (Charlottetown) 7

 

0.6Intersection: Cumberland St (Charlottetown) 7.6

 

0.8Intersection: Edward St (N) gas & services (Charlottetown) 1.8

 

1.2Intersection: Water St Parkway (SE), Riverside Dr (NE) access to Charlottetown Exhibition Grounds & racetrack (1 km) (Charlottetown) 3

 

1.3N side of 1.4 km Hillsborough Bridge crossing Hillsborough River (Charlottetown) 4

 

2.7S side of 1.4 km Hillsborough Bridge crossing Hillsborough River1.5

 

2.8Intersection: Highway 21 / Bunbury Rd (SE)5.8

 

3Intersection Stratford Rd (SW), Hopeton Rd (NE) to Bunbury Rd. Cross Hillsborough Bridge from Stratford (Stratford) 9.1

 

4.3Intersection: Jubilee Rd (N), Kinlock Rd (S) to Fox Meadows golf course (Stratford) 21.3

 

5.1Intersection: Mason Rd (NW) (Stratford) 30.8

 

5.2Junction: Hwy 1 & 1A. West along Stratford Rd, SE to Georgetown Rd to Tea Hill PP (3 km) (Stratford) 43.6

 

5.3Intersection Highway 1A to Tea Hill, Alexandria (Stratford) 37.5

 

6.3Reeves Blvd: access to Princess Pat Drive-In27.4

 

7.8Intersection Highway 215 to Mount Herbert and Bethel, services46.9

 

10.8Intersection: Jones Rd (N) (Hazelbrook) 47.2

 

11.6Intersection: Gay Rd (S) (Hazelbrook) 45.1

 

13.3Intersection Highway 5 (48th Rd) E to town of Cardigan (28 km)25.9

 

14.2wetlands to NE of hwy25.9

 

15.3Intersection: Waterside Rd S to community of Waterside, Pownal Rd W to Tea Hill Provincial park, community of Alexandria17.4

 

15.5junction: 1A west to Pownall Bay, Hwy 272 (Village Ocean Green Rd) (Mount Mellick) 21.9

 

18.4Intersection Highway 3 E to Vernon River (8 km), Brudenell (25 km), Georgetown (33 km)14.9

 

21.1Intersection Highway 270 (McInnis Point Rd, SE to Cherry Valley South (Cherry Valley) 8.5

 

22.8Crossing Seal River, tidal estuary4.9

 

24.5community of Vernon Bridge4.3

 

24.7Point of Interest crossing Vernon River, tidal estuary4.3

 

26.5Junction of Hwy 212 Vernon River Rd (N) to community of Vernon River (5 km), and Scentia Rd (S)11.6

 

27.4McKenna Dr (SW)12.2

 

30.5intersection: Old Uigg Rd (NE), access to Orwell Provincial Historic Park, Sir Andrew McPhail Homestead (Orwell) 10.1

 

30.6Town of Orwell, Crossing Orwell river (Orwell) 13.7

 

30.7Intersection route 210 / Kinross Rd (NE) to Kinross (2 km) & route 23 / Selkirk Rd (S) shortcut to Wood Islands Ferry (22 km)13.1

 

31.7Orwell Cove Rd (SW)46.9

 

33Kinlock Rd (SE), Wharf Rd (NW), Greenwich Gate Lodge 902-961-3496 accommodation40.5

 

36crossing Newtown River, tidal estuary13.7

 

36.1Junction Hwy 211 / Newtown Rd (NE)10.7

 

38.2Junction of Route 207/ Garfield Rd (SE) to Belfast (2 km), and Halliday Rd (NW) (Eldon) 32.6

 

40.4Intersection Highway 209 / Point Prim Rd (W) to Mount Buchanan (2 km), Point Prim (7 km), Point Prim Lighthouse (11 km)10.7

 

40.8James Rd (NW) to Lord Selkirk Provincial Park (1 km)18.9

 

41Glashvin Rd (SW) (Pinette) 25

 

42.7Crossing Pinette River, tidal estuary (Pinette) 6.7

 

45Pinette Rd (W), town of Pinette, E to Pinette Provincial Park (Pinette) 15.5

 

45.2Crossing South Branch Pintte River, tidal estuary (Pinette) 7.9

 

46.4Ponds Rd (W)18.3

 

48.2Intersection Highway 208 / Roseberry Rd (NE) to Roseberry (2 km), North Pinette11.3

 

49.6High Rd, N to Roseberry (2 km)4.3

 

50Crossing Flat River, view S to Gascoinge Cove, tidal estuary (Flat River) 4.9

 

52.4Intersection Highway 261 / Camp Rd (NW)to Melville (Flat River) 6.4

 

52.6Crossing Belle River2.7

 

53Intersection Route 203 / Culloden Rd (NW)3.4

 

53.1Big Point Rd (SW)7.9

 

56.1Junction route 202 / Douses Rd (NE) and Stewart Point Rd (W) (Belle River) 14.9

 

56.5Crossing Belle River (Belle River) 1.5

 

56.7Junction: Factory Rd (W) and route 201 Greys Rd (E) to town of Murray River (18 km)2.7

 

60.7Junction: route 207 / Garfield Rd (NW) to Melville (7 km), Garfield (13 km), Pioneer Cemetery Rd (SE)15.2

 

61.1junction: route 315 / Crawfords Rd (NE) to community of Mount Vernon (7 km)15.8

 

61.8Macleod Rd (S) to Wood Islands breakwater10.4

 

63.3Junction route 315 / Highway 24/Wood Islands Rd, N to Orwell (22 km) (Wood Islands) 14.6

 

63.6Junction of Hwy 4 (E) to Northumberland PP (2 km), community of White Sands (16 km), town of Murray River (18 km) (Wood Islands) 10.4

 

64.3Exit to Wood Islands PP0.6

 

64.8Wood Islands Ferry, S to Caribou (Wood Islands) 0.6

 

64.8Caribou Ferry, N to Wood Islands, PE7

 

65.8Hwy 256, W to Waterside Beach PP (8 km), E to Caribou Provincial Park (4 km)19.8

 

69.8Intersection Central Caribou Rd ,Access to town of Central Caribou (1 km to east) (Pictou) 22.6

 

72.8Traffic circle junction with Route #6, Route 256 west and #256 (West River Rd) SE to town of Pictou. Route 6 heads northwest along Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Strait Coast, including Waterside Beach… (Pictou) 18.6

 

73.8Cross-street: Haliburton Rd, South access to town of Pictou (Pictou) 20.4

 

74.4N end of bridge Browe’s Point to west of bridge. Crossing Pictou Harbour (Pictou) 6.7

 

75.8S end of bridge Crossing Pictou Harbour (Pictou) 7.3

 

77.8Exit #2, Abercrombie Rd North access to town of New Glasgow (10 km) (New Glasgow) 11.9

 

82.8Exit #1: Mount William Road North access to towns of Westville (5 km), Stellarton (5 km), and New Glasgow (7 km) (New Glasgow) 84.1

 

83.8Exit #22: Junction Trans-Canada Highway #104 East to Port Hastings & North Sydney with ferries to Newfoundland, West to Truro (connect to 102 south to Halifax), and Amherst… (New Glasgow) 53.3

 

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