The Confederation Bridge (13klms) was completed in May 1997 and linked Prince Edward Island with the rest of Canada. It was a huge improvement over the original ice boats and later the ferries. Getting on and off the Island could be a nightmare in summer at the height of the tourist season. I have seen cars lined up for miles along the main road out of Borden while waiting for the ferry. I have seen people BBQ at the side of the road, and probably the worse feeling is when edging closer to the ferry ramp, you end up next car to load and they sorry full up. You have at least another hour to wait. In winter things could be just as bad too. Of course there were no BBQ’s, no tourists, but the weather or ice in the strait could cause the ferries to shut down for hours on end, maybe days. I try to remember these things when I want to grumble about the $45 bridge toll. It isn’t too bad really we are only charged to leave the island not to return so in actual fact one only pays around $23 per crossing.. In my next blog I will relate a story of my experience of a 24 hour crossing the strait in the most dreadful weather. Of cars being crushed on the lower car deck, of furniture flying through the air, people screaming as the ship almost capsized and the danger of a fire.
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