East Ferry occupies the tip of Digby Neck and is separated from Long Island by a narrow strait called Petit Passage. The passage is very deep in places and the tide can flow through at up to eight knots at times. Petit Passage Whale Watch office is located at Petit Passage Cafe at the first Ferry stop.

Visitors arriving on the Princess of Acadia, the ferry from Saint John, New Brunswick, should drive along the Shore Rd., through to the second stop sign at the top of the hill, then turn right at the four-way stop, proceed down along Digby Neck 40kms (about 40-50 minutes) to the first ferry stop.  Petit Passage Cafe is the white building on the left hand side.

Visitors traveling from Yarmouth to the southwest, can use the Middle Cross Road to access Highway 217.  Turn left (west) at the end of the cross road and then down The Neck to Petit Passage Cafe. The trip from Yarmouth takes about an hour and a half.

From Halifax to the east, on Route 101,  take exit 26, driving through Digby, and turn left at the second set of traffic lights. Three blocks later, turn left at the four way stop, then straight down the Neck to Petit Passage Cafe at the ferry stop.