Kootenay Lakes

***  Kootenay Lake Ferry Services (including Glade and Harrop Cable Ferries), offered by the Provincial Government of British Columbia are free to the traveling public ***

 

Kootenay Lake was first discovered by David Thompson in 1808.  It stretches over 100 km from north to south, in addition to the West Arm which extends about 35 km from the main lake to Nelson.

Kootenay Lake region is steeped in history which can be seen from both the lake and the historic towns which are on the lake shore.  The Ktunaxa people inhabited the region for thousands of years and the discovery of silver and other precious metals brought the Americans and Europeans to the Kootenays.

Known as Kootenay Lakes Ferry in general, it consists of the following ferry services at three different locations:

1.  Balfour/Kootenay Ferry – between Balfour Terminal (west side, located 35 km from Nelson, BC on Highway 3A) and Kootenay Bay Terminal (east side, locaged 70 km from Creston, BC on Highway 3A)

2.  Glade Cable Ferry – across the Kootenay River on Highway 3A, 22.5 km, west of Nelson, to Glade

3.  Harrop Cable Ferry – connecting the rural communities of Harrop and Procter to Highway 3A

Kootenay Lake Ferry

Balfour/Kootenay Ferry offers ferry services between Balfour Terminal (west side), located 35 km from Nelson, BC on Highway 3A and Kootenay Bay Terminal (east side), located 70 km from Creston, BC on Highway 3A. The distance of the sailing is 8.8 km and the crossing time is about 35 minutes plus 15 minutes of loading/unloading. …

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Kootenay Lake Schedule

Kootenay Lake Ferry Schedule All times are Pacific Standard Time *** Summer:  The M.V. Balfour commences operation in the third week of June each year up to and including Labour Day each year. The summer schedule for the current year is June 23 to Sept 12, 2017 (all dates inclusive). Balfour Terminal Kootenay Bay Terminal …

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Glade Cable Ferry

Glade Cable Ferry

Glade Cable Ferry provides ferry services crossing the Kootenay River on Highway 3A, 22.5 km west of Nelson, to Glade.  The crossing time is approximately 3 minutes one-way. Capacity Maximum no. of regular sedan = 8 cars Maximum load width 15′ 6″ or 4.72 meters. Maximum length front tire to rear tire 90′ or 27 …

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Harrop Cable Ferry

The Harrop Ferry connects the rural communities of Harrop and Procter to Highway 3A.  It is a free “on demand” service, and the crossing time is about 5 minutes one-way. Schedule The ferry offers 24 hour service.  It may be canceled for safety reasons owing to weather conditions. Vehicle Restrictions and Cautions Smoking is not …

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