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Kootenay Lake Ferry

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Avoid on long weekends

Just know in advance that you are in for a frustratingly long wait on any long weekend from May to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kamloops, Canada
Great scenery

I did this ferry last year and made sure I did it again this year as I was near the area. Great... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Scott D
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Highway 3A, Balfour, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Just know in advance that you are in for a frustratingly long wait on any long weekend from May to September. The other option is to drive the Kootenay Pass, which would end up being faster if you have a sailing wait. That said, this...More

Thank Ydnar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did this ferry last year and made sure I did it again this year as I was near the area. Great motorcycle ride from Creston to the ferry.

Thank Scott D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A free ferry ride, and very scenic. Always worth the trip. We did not have to wait too long, and it was the middle of summer.

Thank Snoozie P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ferries located in Balfour, BC, have long since boasted the slogan, "the longest free ferry ride in the world." I don't know if this still holds true, but it is a free ferry ride that never tires me. It is both exillirating and calming,...More

Thank Caitlin O
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

No complaints. I didn't have to wait more then 10-minutes, leave my vehicle, or open my wallet. Just wait in line and drive on when the ferry arrives.

Thank chadbester22
Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

Waited three hours. Ridiculous. The ferry itself is OK and I suppose it has some charm being the longest free ferry ride in the world but not worth the wait. Cute but do the southern route drive. Just as scenic without the boring wait. Thank...More

Thank TAMAN1951
Reviewed August 10, 2018

was visiting the area, and boyfriend & I decided to randomly take ferry accross just to view the beauty of the area. beautiful ride, friendly people, smooth trip and scenery was spectacular!

Thank cindy l
Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

What a worthwhile experience this was! The drive to the ferry is beautiful and the ride itself was fun! Highly recommend it. The kids thought it was great and as a parent I loved that it is free!

1  Thank Kenzie P
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

Big ferry, very efficient staff in loading and unloading. A very enjoyable and picturesque ride. Would be nice if they had ice cream cones in the coffee shop, but the ice cream bar was okay.

Thank Susan S
Reviewed July 24, 2018

The main reason we took this highway was to go on this ferry ride, otherwise it is a very long drive viewing a lot of trees. It is easy to drive onto the ferry and you can get out of your vehicle and stand at...More

1  Thank Mirbre
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Jim H
July 8, 2018|
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Response from rcharlos | Reviewed this property |
The ferry is free .
June 2, 2018|
Response from Candie L |
Recreational Vehicles - 1 (25 L max) Towed Trailers, Motorboat - 2 (25 L each) All other vehicles - 1 (25 L max)
July 12, 2017|
Response from Henry W | Reviewed this property |
I seem to recall preboarding for bikes.