Bay Ferries has announced the schedule for the ferry running between St. John, New Brunswick, and Digby, Nova Scotia. This is a crossing of ~ 2.5 hours, with a lead of ~ 1 hour required before boarding (but no customs delay on the Nova Scotia side).
This new boat will make 2 NB-to-NS crossings a day (0800h - 1030h, and 1430h - 1700h).
From Digby, the drive to Wolfville—traversing the length of the beautiful Annapolis Valley—takes ~ 2 hours.
Anyone taking this route may want to consider using the evening crossing and then staying in the many Bed-and-breakfast options in Digby, historic Annapolis Royal, or other towns along the way.
Return trips will depart from Digby at 1115h and 1730h. Conference attendees wishing to participate in the Brier Island pelagic trip on 19 July will probably have time to catch the 1730h departure on the same day if you plan on leaving Brier immediately after the pelagic cruise (the drive from Brier to Digby takes ~ 2 hours, including 2 short auto ferry crossing (no reservations for those needed)).