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Bar Harbor left out of Canadian ferry talks

September 13, 2012 | last updated September 13, 2012 11:07 am

Bar Harbor officials are chagrined that their port is being left out of discussions over bringing back a ferry service between Nova Scotia and Maine.

A study commissioned by Nova Scotia's provincial government found that the Down East port – which was a stop along a now-defunct ferry service that stopped operating in 2009 – would not be along the best route for a revived ferry service, according to the Bangor Daily News.

The service to which Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter said his government would commit $21 million over seven years would provide a direct connection between Yarmouth, N.S., and Portland, citing Maine's largest city as "a growing cultural and business center in northern New England" that is "an increasingly attractive destination for visitors from Nova Scotia."

Chris Fogg, the executive director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and Dana Reed, Bar Harbor's town manager, told the BDN that they were disappointed by the study's findings.

"We feel there are economic advantages to landing a ferry in Bar Harbor as opposed to Portland," Reed told the BDN.