FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government announced today that the Gagetown ferry will return to service on June 28.

“Our government committed to returning ferry service to the people of Gagetown and today we fulfill that commitment,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Oliver. “Having this ferry service back in the community will be a huge benefit for the tourism and agricultural sectors in the region.”

The ferry (F85) will provide seasonal service to Gagetown by June 28 and continue until the fall. It will run seven days a week.

New Brunswick’s river ferries have a rich tradition dating back more than a century. Capt. William Abraham Pitt invented the underwater cable ferry and introduced it on the Kennebecasis River between Reeds Point and Gondola Point in 1903.

In addition to their heritage and tourism value, the province’s ferries connect rural communities throughout southern New Brunswick, reduce commuting time and transport livestock and farm equipment to locations that otherwise may not be feasible to utilize.

“Having reliable access to transportation infrastructure is critical for any community’s long-term viability and success,” said Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore. “Restoring the ferry service will also ensure the tourism and agricultural sectors in Gagetown and surrounding communities continue to grow and thrive in the years to come.”

There are currently six crossings on the Saint John and Kennebecasis Rivers operating free of charge and serving more than 3.5 million passengers each year.