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Kootenay Lake Ferry

Highway 3A, Balfour, British Columbia, Canada
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Vacation mainstay

The Kootenay Lake ferry is the unofficial start of our holidays each year when we venture out to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Trevor K
First off.

Staff made sure we were first off on our motorcycles once arriving in Kootenay Bay. Made for a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ralph U
Maple Ridge
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  • Average6%
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“crawford bay” (16 reviews)
“kootenay lake” (23 reviews)
“free ride” (5 reviews)
Highway 3A, Balfour, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Kootenay Lake ferry is the unofficial start of our holidays each year when we venture out to Kootenay Lake. You can take the Salmo pass and white knuckle the drive up and down or relax and let your troubles float away with the wake...More

Thank Trevor K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff made sure we were first off on our motorcycles once arriving in Kootenay Bay. Made for a spectacular ride down to Creston. Thanks!

Thank Ralph U
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The wait for the ferry is longer than the journey to the east shore. Great friendly travellers on board. The ocean was calm, nice breeze and some great views. The load service was fast and efficient. The best it is FREE.

Thank Ross M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The ferry is free. There are snack bars but bring cash as there are no ATMs nearby. View is beautiful!!!

Thank rkimd
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We drove from Cal to Nelson so we took the road on our way there but took the ferry on our way back. It was a nice way to break the trip. Even if the overall duration is the same, it was an enjoyable ride...More

Thank Marie-LaurenceL
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

It was free.⛴ But they had an inspection and the ferry service ran late our 1.10pm ferry service left at 2pm. Would have been better and acceptable customer service had they advised the cars waiting what the delay was and how long the wait to...More

Reviewed 19 June 2017

What a great way to go for a boat ride for free and see the lake for 1/2 hour ....don't miss this one. It is worth the ride and the food is great. enjoy Bonnie

1  Thank bonniesmith3579
Reviewed 8 June 2017

We took the short ferry trip from Kootenay Lake Ferry to Balfour. We had been travelling for a few hours and were glad to be able to get out and stretch our legs on the ride over. The "coffee shop" on board was lacking to...More

Thank Susan C
Reviewed 7 June 2017

They say this is the longest free ferry ride in the world. Its pretty good value and even has an on board cafe.

Thank kootenaylass
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

On our way to Crawford Bay for a day trip. This free ferry is a 35 min ride there. Make sure you check the seasonal schedule so you don't miss it. Ferry holds 80 vehicles.

Thank Henry W
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Questions & Answers
13 July 2017|
Response from Henry W | Reviewed this property |
I seem to recall preboarding for bikes.
Charles S
21 February 2017|
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Response from Traveling4452 | Reviewed this property |
Several motorcycles on ferry without tie downs
Laura T
3 August 2016|
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Response from 905kenf | Reviewed this property |
That shouldn't be a problem. There was an 18 wheeler logging truck on with us.