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Kootenay Lake Ferry

Highway 3A, Balfour, British Columbia, Canada
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TAKE THE FERRY it's free

What a great way to go for a boat ride for free and see the lake for 1/2 hour ....don't miss this... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Spokane, Washington
Late day crossing

We took the short ferry trip from Kootenay Lake Ferry to Balfour. We had been travelling for a few... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Susan C
Calgary, Alberta, 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

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 1 March 2017

I still can't believe it's free. What a beautiful trip with exceptional service. Don't miss out on this fantastic side trip.

1  Thank bluestang
Reviewed 15 November 2016

The Kootenay Ferry takes about 30 minutes to cross the lake. Boarding is quick without a long wait. Good eats at the café next to boarding site. This was an lovely experience and FREE. How can you top that?

1  Thank Traveling4452
Reviewed 28 October 2016

The Kootenay Ferry takes a 35 minute trip across the lake. If travelling towards Crawdford Bay, the food is great the artisans are superb crafts folk. STAY AWAY from the Yasodhara Ashram. It is bug infested and if you expect to practice yoga at this...More

Thank Catherine F
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Charles S
MOTORCYCLERS, Do you need or recommend tie-downs? Is there anything like designated mtorcycle area? Thank you!
21 February 2017|
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Response from Traveling4452 | Reviewed this property |
Several motorcycles on ferry without tie downs
Laura T
Can you take an 30 foot RV on the ferry?
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.
David B
Are pets allowed on ferry
22 July 2016|
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Response from osborncats | Reviewed this property |
Did not notice any dogs but it is logical that they would be allowed, especially if they stay in a car