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Eastport-Deer Island Ferry won't run this summer

EASTPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A summer tradition in Eastport will be taking a vacation of its own this year.

The seasonal ferry between Eastport and Deer Island, New Brunswick won't be running.

According to the Eastport Port Authority, the Canadian company that runs the ferry got an offer from the province to operate another ferry route in New Brunswick.

Although the number of passengers on the ferry dropped significantly after 9/11 when passports were needed to go to Canada, it's still a local tradition.

"The ferry is a big draw to Eastport," said Chris Gardner, the port authority's executive director. "People use it to continue on and make some tourism trips into Canada so it's going to be a loss to Eastport as I'm certain we'll see a drop in traffic."

East Coast Ferries said on its website it plans to restore the Eastport route for summer 2016.