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“Day trip to Crawford Bay to visit the Artisans” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kootenay Lake Ferry

Kootenay Lake Ferry
Highway 3A, Balfour, British Columbia, Canada
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Balfour
Type: Ferries/ Boats, Other
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Nelson, British Columbia
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7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Day trip to Crawford Bay to visit the Artisans”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

The most beautiful crossing of the lake and it is free and on both side their are things to do while waiting for the ferry so no lengthy, boring time spent.

Visited September 2012
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Calgary
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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“Ferry trip took a while, but beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

The one larger Ferry was off line, so the smaller Ferry was making the only runs. We waited in line for an hour and a half, but the ride was very pretty and I would do it again

Visited May 2013
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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29 attraction reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Fantastic Views, A Nice Relaxing Ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

One of the best ferry services in the BC interior, especially when you ride it during late spring or early summer. You'll see amazing views of Kootenay Lake and the Selkirk Mountains. If you go in April and May, the snow topped mountains provided a stunning backdrop while you sail across the lake on this 35 minute journey. Best of all, this Ferry service is Free! During the winter, service is provided every 1 hour and 40 minutes and every 40 minutes during the summer (starting in June) when an additional Ferry is added. If you are traveling during the summer season, arrive early or be prepared to wait, wait times to cross from either end can be long, especially in the middle of the day. If you are looking to just sail the lake, you can park your car at either the Kootenay Bay terminal or Balfour terminal and just walk on board. Both ships provide lots of seating areas, although the Osprey 2000 is the much nicer ship of the 2 that sail the lake and is the only ship that had food services available on board. If you are sailing on a rainy or windy day, be prepared to bundle up, it can get quite chilly even during a summer afternoon. Overall, it's one of the best interior ferry rides and a great way enjoy some stunning scenery and it doesn't cost a thing! How cool is that?

Visited May 2012
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Kelowna, Canada
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“The View is Awesome - and it's free!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Heck yeh I'm giving it 5 out of 5 - why wouldn't I when the ferry service was on time, comfortable, afforded some spectacularly beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and lake and IT"S FREEEEEEEE. I couldn't quite believe it when I found out but yep - its free. The ferry has a small cafe and seating area which allows you to sit and ponder the beauty that surrounds you for the 40 minutes or so it takes to cross the lake. Suuweeet.

Visited March 2013
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Castlegar, Canada
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“Meh”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

It's been a while, but it was typical cafeteria fair. It was clean and the sandwiches were good. Food was served in a timely manner

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