Kootenay Lake Ferry

Kootenay Lake Ferry

The Kootenay Lake ferry runs across Kootenay Lake, 35 kilometres east of Nelson on Highway 3A, between Balfour (west side) and Kootenay Bay (east side), 70 kilometres from Creston on Highway 3A.

Capacity of the M.V. Osprey 2000 is 80 vehicles and 250 passengers. The M.V. Balfour can accommodate 28 vehicles and 150 passengers (summer only).

Thank you for your input

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is looking to address challenges at the Balfour Ferry Terminal. We have been looking at options that include improving the existing ferry terminal or relocating the terminal to a new site. Public consultation took place between June and October 2016. A consultation summary report will be released later in the fall. The input received during this period will help to develop a final action plan and decision for the Balfour Ferry Terminal. 

Service hours:

The M.V. Osprey 2000 operates

  • From Balfour
    6:30 am – 9:40 pm
  • From Kootenay Bay
    7:10 am – 10:20 pm

Additional summer service:

The M.V. Balfour operates:

  • From Balfour
    10:40 am – 5:20 pm
  • From Kootenay Bay
    11:30 am – 6:10 pm

Summer service operates from June 20 to Sept. 11, 2016.

Crossing Time: 35 minutes

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Know Before You Go

Kootenay Bay Ferry Terminal
Live Highway Cam

Balfour Ferry Terminal
Live Highway Cam

Contact Information

Western Pacific Marine

Schedule information: 250 229-4215

General Enquiries: 250 229-5650

Fax: 250 229-5679

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