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Beautiful Views and Fun for Kids

The views on this 35 minute boat ride are incredible. There is a little cafe onboard if you need a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Nice ferry ride and the price is right!!

This is a nice ride that takes about 35 minutes. We left from Balfour to Crawford Bay. There is a... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2018
Calgary, Canada
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Highway 3A, Balfour, British Columbia, Canada
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All reviews crawford bay kootenay lake loading and unloading indoor seating nice trip always on time scenic ride great opportunity great ride great scenery long drive the upper deck take pictures worth the trip snack bar on board southern route selkirk loop
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The views on this 35 minute boat ride are incredible. There is a little cafe onboard if you need a bite to eat or a cup of coffee. And kids love the novelty of driving on to a large ship and then watching the lake...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jillybean238
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

This is a nice ride that takes about 35 minutes. We left from Balfour to Crawford Bay. There is a cafeteria for coffee and decks to stand and watch the shores go by. Worth the trip. Crawford Bay to Creston is one turney road!!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ghuizer
Reviewed 15 October 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 948christik
Reviewed 5 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank looseink
Reviewed 27 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank smrgeog
Reviewed 17 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ydnar
Reviewed 7 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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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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 134candiel |
Recreational Vehicles - 1 (25 L max) Towed Trailers, Motorboat - 2 (25 L each) All other vehicles - 1 (25 L max)
13 July 2017|
Response from HenryW991 | Reviewed this property |
I seem to recall preboarding for bikes.