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Kootenay Lake Ferry

Highway 3A, Balfour, British Columbia, Canada
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Good ride after a long drive

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
Good way to break the trip

We drove from Cal to Nelson so we took the road on our way there but took the ferry on our way... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Montreal, Canada
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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 1 week ago

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

Thank rkimd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank bonniesmith3579
Reviewed 7 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
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

The ferry ride across Crawford Bay, which is free, was a fun 35 minute ride. The craft is modern, and it was easy to board. It was exhilarating to feel the breeze and admire the view as we crossed the bay. I highly recommend it.

Reviewed 25 May 2017

Very enjoyable ferry ride from Balfour to Crawford Bay, which is a very quaint and interesting place with many different shops. We had lunch at Newkey's Place and would highly recommend it.

Thank BabaWendy
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Wow, something free! A quick 35 minute ferry across Kootenay Lake to Balfour. Much easier and faster than driving from Nelson side. Scenic trip across the lake.

Thank Christine H
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Questions & Answers
12 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.