Kootenay Lake Ferry

Highway 3A across Kootenay Lake BC

Kootenay Lake in British Columbia is located between the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges in the Kootenay region of British Columbia. It is one of the largest natural lakes in British Columbia, at approximately 100 km in length and 3-5 km in width. It is, in part, a widening of the Kootenay River, which in turn drains into the Columbia River system.

The Kootenay Lake Ferry is a ferry across the Kootenay Lake in British Columbia, Canada and is part of Highway 3A. It operates between Balfour, (35 kilometres east of Nelson on Highway 3A) on the west side of the lake, and Kootenay Bay, (70 kilometres from Creston on Highway 3A) on the east side. Two ferry vessels are used, the MV Osprey 2000 and the MV Balfour.


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The crossing time is 35 minutes. The M.V. Osprey 2000 sails throughout the day from Balfour, 6:30 a.m. through 9:40 p.m. and from Kootenay Bay, 7:10 a.m. through 10:20 p.m. The seasonal vessel M.V. Balfour provides daily extra service on the route from Balfour and from Kootenay Bay during the summer months. Be sure to check the Highway 3A Road Conditions especially during winter months.

The ferry carries vehicles and walk on foot passengers. It is the longest free ferry ride in British Columbia

Above are videos Showing the ferry crossing Kootenay Lake as well as the loading and unloading of vehicles.

Also see: BC Lakes