The Great Run
If you are coming from away, you must first drive to Mount Desert Island (MDI), which is located about 20 minutes from Bar Harbor Airport (BHB), 1.25 hours from Bangor (BGR) International Airport, 3.75 hours from Portland Jetport (PWM), and 5.5 hours from Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston. (All travel times are approximate.) After you get to MDI, drive to one of the harbors listed below to catch a boat out to Great Cranberry Island.
You can't drive your car to Great Cranberry Island -- it really is an island! (i.e., no bridge.) You must leave your car on MDI and use public ferries (boats) from either Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, or Manset. Or you may contact a private water taxi. Links below.
If you are planning to camp over night on GCI it is your responsibility to check with local police stations in respective towns for available overnight parking. Phone numbers below.
We recommend that you plan to arrive on a early boat in order to have time to get your registration materials and familiarize yourself with our island.
Southwest Harbor (SWH) & Manset
- Cranberry Cove 2016 Fares and Schedule: HERE
- Parking in SWH & Manset: HERE
- Cranberry Cove Office Phone: (207) 244-5882
SPECIAL RACE FERRY! Cranberry Cove Boating Co. has graciously added a ferry run to their regular schedule departing the Upper Town Dock in SWH at 9:00AM on Saturday, June 18th. This specially scheduled race ferry will feature a special $20.00 round trip fare. Cranberry Cove will also be running a special race ferry that will depart GCI at 7:00PM for those who do not wish to stay overnight.