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Fun free ferry

Easy access and great ride across the lake. We didn’t “need” to cross but just wanted to go for... read more

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Christi K
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Excellent And Reliable Free Ferry Trip

This was the second time in three years for us to travel from Kootenay Bay to Balfour on the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Princeton, Canada
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Highway 3A, Balfour, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Easy access and great ride across the lake. We didn’t “need” to cross but just wanted to go for fun. Nice trip for our visit.

Thank Christi K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the second time in three years for us to travel from Kootenay Bay to Balfour on the Kootenay Lake Ferry. Last time we were trying to outrun a horrible rainstorm and never left the vehicle. This time, aboard the "Osprey 2000" we were...More

Thank looseink
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Kootenay Lake ferry is a nice voyage across the lake and best of all it's free of charge. Journey takes about 40 minutes and is a great opportunity to take pictures. The ferry has a frequency of about 100 minutes between sailings. There can...More

Thank smrgeog
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just know in advance that you are in for a frustratingly long wait on any long weekend from May to September. The other option is to drive the Kootenay Pass, which would end up being faster if you have a sailing wait. That said, this...More

Thank Ydnar
Reviewed 6 September 2018

I did this ferry last year and made sure I did it again this year as I was near the area. Great motorcycle ride from Creston to the ferry.

Thank Scott D
Reviewed 28 August 2018

A free ferry ride, and very scenic. Always worth the trip. We did not have to wait too long, and it was the middle of summer.

Thank Snoozie P
Reviewed 20 August 2018

The ferries located in Balfour, BC, have long since boasted the slogan, "the longest free ferry ride in the world." I don't know if this still holds true, but it is a free ferry ride that never tires me. It is both exillirating and calming,...More

Thank Caitlin O
Reviewed 19 August 2018

No complaints. I didn't have to wait more then 10-minutes, leave my vehicle, or open my wallet. Just wait in line and drive on when the ferry arrives.

Thank chadbester22
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Waited three hours. Ridiculous. The ferry itself is OK and I suppose it has some charm being the longest free ferry ride in the world but not worth the wait. Cute but do the southern route drive. Just as scenic without the boring wait. Thank...More

Thank TAMAN1951
Reviewed 10 August 2018

was visiting the area, and boyfriend & I decided to randomly take ferry accross just to view the beauty of the area. beautiful ride, friendly people, smooth trip and scenery was spectacular!

Thank cindy l
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Jim H
8 July 2018|
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Response from rcharlos | Reviewed this property |
The ferry is free .
3 June 2018|
Response from Candie L |
Recreational Vehicles - 1 (25 L max) Towed Trailers, Motorboat - 2 (25 L each) All other vehicles - 1 (25 L max)
12 July 2017|
Response from Henry W | Reviewed this property |
I seem to recall preboarding for bikes.