Kootenay Lake Ferry

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The Osprey 2000 on Kootenay Lake

The Kootenay Lake Ferry is a ferry across the Kootenay Lake in British Columbia, Canada. It operates between Balfour, on the west side of the lake, and Kootenay Bay, on the east side. It is the longest free scenic ferry in the world.[1] Two ferry vessels are used, the MV Osprey 2000 and the MV Balfour.[2]

The ferry operates under contract to the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and is free of tolls. A single vessel operates throughout the year, with 10 departures from Balfour between 0630 and 2140, returning from Kootenay Bay between 0710 and 2220. The second vessel operates in summer only, providing an extra 5 crossings in either direction. The crossing is about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) in length, and takes 35 minutes.[2]

The Osprey 2000 normally operates the main service, and carries a maximum of 80 vehicles and 250 passengers. The smaller Balfour usually provides the additional summer sailings, and carries up to 28 vehicles and 150 passengers.[2]

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  1. ^ "Kootenay Lake Ferry – Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce". kootenaylake.bc.ca. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  2. ^ a b c "Inland Ferry Schedules". Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Retrieved 2008-11-25.

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Coordinates: 49°39′07″N 116°54′41″W / 49.65196°N 116.911526°W / 49.65196; -116.911526