Transit Times for Shipping a Car
From Alberta to Nova Scotia
1st Stage – Calgary/Edmonton to Ontario
Wait Time: 1-2 weeks
Transit Time: 4-6 days
2nd Stage – Ontario to Nova Scotia
Wait Time: 2-5 days
Transit Time: 2-3 days
Alberta to Nova Scotia Shipping Information
The main trucking terminals in Alberta are in Calgary and Edmonton, and the terminal in Nova Scotia is located in Dartmouth, NS.
Your vehicle will be transported on an open car carrier from the Alberta terminal to one of the main trucking terminals in Ontario which are in Brampton and Milton. Once it offloads at the terminal in the GTA, it will be assigned to another open car carrier for delivery to the destination terminal in Dartmouth.
If your vehicle is being picked up from another city outside of Calgary or Edmonton, it may be picked up by a truck and taken to one of the main terminals to wait for the second truck to take it to Ontario. This will add a few days to the Wait/Transit Times.
If your vehicle is going to another location in Nova Scotia, it would be taken to the terminal and will wait for another truck to take it to its final destination. This may also add a few days to the Wait/Transit Times.
For example, if you’re shipping from Edmonton to Yarmouth your vehicle will be shipped like this:
Edmonton, AB→ Brampton, ON/Milton, ON → Dartmouth, NS → Yarmouth, NS
The wait times and transit times are approximates, and not guaranteed for the standard method of shipping. Pickup and deliveries in remote locations can take longer.
How long does it take to ship my car?
The information above shows the approximate wait times and transit times for shipping a car from Alberta to Nova Scotia. Departures are usually not on fixed days as they can depend on volume of vehicles already booked and ones already at the terminals assigned to a load. It is recommended to book at least 1-2 weeks in advance. Booking in advance can help decrease transit times but normally your vehicle will be placed in queue to ship once it is at the terminal. If you are shipping by enclosed transport trailer these transit times may not apply.
What is “Wait Time” and “Transit Time”?
- The wait time is how long your vehicle will wait before it is picked up or how long it will wait to depart on the truck/train once it is dropped off at a terminal.
- The transit time is how long your vehicle will take to arrive to the next terminal once it has departed.
Will my car be shipped by multiple trucks?
For shorter moves it may be shipped on only one truck, but for longer shipments it will be on multiple trucks/trains before it’s delivered. Canada is the second largest country in the world and to ship a car directly in one shipment across the entire country would be very expensive. It is the most economical/inexpensive way to ship your vehicle when it’s transferred between multiple trucks/trains between major cities.
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