KOOTENAY LAKE FERRY
From Nelson we had to go to Balfour so that we could cross Kootenay Lake on the Ferry.
I had checked the time-tables, so knew what time to be there.
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The M.V. Osprey 2000 sails from Balfour, 6:30 a.m. – 9:40 p.m. and from Kootenay Bay, 7:10 a.m. – 10:20 p.m.
SUMMER: (June 16 to September 7, 2010)
In addition to the above M.V. Osprey 2000 schedule, the seasonal vessel M.V. Balfour provides daily extra service on the route from Balfour 10:40 a.m. to 5:20 p.m., and from Kootenay Bay 11:30 a.m. to 6:10 p.m.
(Times listed are Pacific Time Zone)
The crossing takes35 minutes. There are additional sailings in summer.
Across Kootenay Lake, 35 kilometres east of Nelson on Highway 3A, between Balfour (west side) and Kootenay Bay (east side), 70 kilometres from Creston on Highway 3A.
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Creston is one of the major junction points on the Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3), BC's main southern trunk road. From the USA, Idaho's State Route 1 crosses into Canada at Porthill. Just across the line in Rykerts, BC, the road becomes Highway 21 -- Creston is 14 km (9 miles) north. Also close (64 km southeast via Highway 3 and 95) is the more major Eastport/Kingsgate port of entry on US-95 (which becomes BC-95). Proceeding north along the east side of the Kootenay River is Highway 3A which follows the shore of Kootenay Lake 79 km (50 miles) to the Ministry of Transportation ferry dock at Kootenay Bay. This boat take you to Balfour and then either Nelson (via Hwy 3A) or Kaslo (via Hwy 31)
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