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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.


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 meters.

Maximum weight 109.04 Long Tons or 110,789.75 kg but may be lowered by weather and/or the river current.

Mobile homes may have some difficulty loading from the highway side because of a 90-degree turn.  Please check before attempting.

Glade Cable Ferry

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Schedule (everyday)

The service is free “on demand”.

1.  Departing Glade, 5:00 am – 2:15 am

2.  Departing Highway 3A, 5:05 am – 2:20 am

24 hour service for Emergency Services Personnel only.

The ferry service could be canceled for safety reasons owing to the weather conditions.

Vehicle Restrictions and Cautions

Smoking is not permitted aboard the vessel.

Drivers must be aware of their vehicle height, width and under-carriage limitations and clearances.

The angle of the ferry ramp with the shore ramp may cause difficulties for low clearance vehicles and over-length vehicles such as fifth wheels and motor-homes or long trailers.  Western Pacific Marine Ltd. assumes no risk for the same.

The following will be denied passage:

1.  Vehicles without valid license plates

2.  Vehicles with any excessive oil leaks or with any gasoline leaks

3.  Vehicles cannot shut down the engines for the crossing.

4.  Any unlicensed vehicles (e.g. dirt bikes and ATV’s) must be transported on a licensed trailer or other licensed transport vehicle.

RV/Trailers – road legal are accepted for passage.

Any unlicensed vehicles (e.g. dirt bikes and ATV’s) must be transported on a licensed trailer or other licensed transport vehicle.


There is no priority boarding for motorcycles.

Pedestrians and Cyclists

Foot passengers and cyclists are directed to wait in the appropriate and signed walk-on pre-boarding areas.  Bicycles must be walked on/off the ferry.  Please be mindful of the vehicle traffic embarking and disembarking the ferry.

Children and Safety

Children must be accompanied by parents at all times.  Roller blades, skateboards and other forms of self propelled devices are not permitted to operate on the ramps to/from the ferry.

Horses should be led on and off and the deck may be slippery,  Clean up after your animals.

Transport Regulations

Safety regulations prohibit the transport of gasoline and propane gas in excess of the following quantity:

Recreational vehicles – not more than 2 cylinders of propane safely secured to the vehicle in an upright position with valves closed, plus one only 25-litre gasoline container, empty or full.  Propane-powered refrigerators must have the thermostat control turned to the “off” position.

Automobiles – not more than one 25-litre gasoline container, empty or full.

Motorboats (towed) – not more than two portable 25-litre containers, empty or full.

Oxy/Acetylene – cylinders must be capped and secured in an upright position.

Certain unlisted items are subject to regulations and may not be carried.  If you are in doubt, please call our Kootenay Lakes Ferry Office.

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