As the only 4-masted schooner to work New England waters in over half a century, the Margaret Todd sails 3 times daily from the Bar Harbor Inn Pier. Sit back and watch the amazing Maine wildlife like bald eagles, seals, and harbor porpoise, or you can help the crew hoist sails and take care of other sailing activities on deck. You’ll pass by lighthouses, mountains, fishing villages, mansions, and lobstermen hauling their traps.
The Bar Harbor/Winter Harbor Ferry provides daily passenger service from Bar Harbor to the Schoodic Peninsula, and the Cranberry Cove Ferry provides service from Southwest Harbor and Manset to the Cranberry Islands. You can also take the schooner on 4-hour fishing trips to fish for cod, cusk, pollock, mackerel, cunner, sculpin, black sea bass, red fish, and the occasional wolf fish. All bait and tackle is provided.
The Frenchman’s Bay tour is about 2 hours long, where you’ll enjoy exquisite views of Acadia National Park, lobsterman hauling in their traps from the ocean, wildlife sightings, and more. The Afternoon Sail at 2:00 p.m. is a lively, exhilarating sail because of the strong afternoon sea breezes. This cruise also features an interesting narrative provided by a Park Ranger who discusses local history, geographical points, and wildlife. The Sunset Sail is a very popular and romantic tour where you can set sail to the tunes of live folk music including guitar, fiddle, or banjo music.
Weather in Maine is changes daily and can be different within a few square miles. These cruises sail in a variety of weather conditions, including cloudiness, drizzle and fog, so be sure to dress appropriately. Don’t forget the sunscreen and hats, and be sure to pack a sweater and lightweight jacket. Even if it is 80 degrees on shore, the temperature can drop fast on the water, and you want to be prepared.