Kootenay Lake Ferry - Temporary Service Changes

The channel near the Balfour Ferry Terminal has some shallow areas which will be addressed through proposed dredging in the coming year. In the meantime, this creates a navigational safety hazard for the normal operation of the MV Osprey during low spring water levels.

There will be temporary service changes to ensure ongoing safe and reliable operation of the Kootenay Lake Ferry during annual low spring water levels.

Dates Service Change

March 11 – March 24

  • Reduced weight load* on the MV Osprey
  • Potential for increased wait times during busy sailings

March 25 – April 7

  • MV Balfour in operation while the MV Osprey is refitted
  • Vehicle capacity reduced to 28 vehicles
  • Potential for increased wait times during busy sailings

April 8 – April 21

  • Reduced weight load* on the MV Osprey
  • Potential for increased wait times during busy sailings

*Depending on the number and weights of commercial vehicles boarding the vessel during this time, the number of vehicles may need to be reduced which might in some cases result in a sailing wait for heavier vehicles.

Plan Ahead

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this temporary service change. We suggest ferry users:

  • Go to Drive BC’s updates prior to travelling for up-to-the-minute information, ferry schedules and delays, and a highway cam showing the line-up
  • Check the overhead message boards in Creston and Nelson
  • Plan to arrive early for the ferry
  • Allow time for a potential sailing wait
  • If your travel plans allow, consider off-peak crossing times before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m.
  • Take an alternate route such as Highway 3
  • Help spread the word to your friends and family about these changes