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“Fantastic Views, A Nice Relaxing Ride”

Kootenay Lake Ferry
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Balfour
Certificate of Excellence
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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?

Thank Brad N
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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.

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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

Thank Cord L
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

The food was good and the atmosphere was friendly it was a blustery day so it was a little cold inside and there was no one else there

Thank Baba G
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

If you review here is less that 5 out of 5 your an @ss. It's only 45 min ferry ride to Crawford Bay or Balfore with awesome views of the lake and it's beautiful mountains. OH, did I mention free, ya free. I could give a crap about the state of the ship as far as how clean it is or how I might have to wait for the next ferry. IT'S FREE PEOPLE!!!

Thank Trent H
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