*** 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