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Kootenay Lake Ferry

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Address: Highway 3A, Balfour, British Columbia, Canada

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A must do

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

Reviewed 1 March 2017
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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.

Thank bluestang
Little Rock, Arkansas
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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?

Thank Traveling4452
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 ashram, think again. They will however ask you to journal about Not practicing yoga. Have... More 

Thank Catherine F
Banff National Park, Canada
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207 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

It's a treat every time you ride. Have used it for 40 years it never gets old. It feels like a holiday every time you ride.

Thank 10000elle
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78 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

We didn't wait long in line to board the ferry but waited a half hour before it left. I'm not sure what the reason is. Still, it was a nice experience...and free! It is a short ride, maybe 10-15 minutes to cross the lake.

Thank HonugirlHawaii
Camrose, Alberta, Canada
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

This is a great option to travel across Kootenay Lake and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery! The ferry is free and there is a coffee shop and other little shops at the parking lot.

Thank Jeff T
South West England, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Nice free ferry journey from Balfour across the Kootenay Lake. Efficient loading & unloading, coffee (good) & some foods/snacks plus clean toilets. Saves miles on the road & has good views throughout the trip.

Thank Paul H
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

I've been travelling north from CDA to ride this ferry for years. It's always a pleasure and I love bringing friends to experience it for themselves. Great scenery, easy loading/unloading, friendly staff. You have to get a coffee at the shack in Kootenay bay before hopping on. Great oso negro coffee from Nelson. I never tire of watching the shoreline... More 

Thank litespeed74
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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52 reviews
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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Efficient and scenic, enjoyed the high deck for a view. The sun was shining which was nice. There is a snack bar and coffee, clean flush toilets.

Thank concertina61
Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Found out about this wonderful service by mistake after we realised we couldnt cross the lake by road. While in Nelson we discovered we would need to use this ferry. Couldn't believe it was free and so well organised with service and loading of vehicles. The views during the trip are some of the best I encounted in Canada. Saw... More 

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