Lytton Ferry

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Lytton Ferry
Lytton Reaction Ferry.jpg
Locale 2.4km north of Lytton, British Columbia
Waterway Fraser River
Transit type Passenger and automobile ferry
Owner British Columbia Ministry of Transportation
Operator VSA Highway Maintenance Ltd.[1]
System length 150m
Website BC Transportation & Highways: Lytton Ferry schedule

The Lytton Ferry is a cable ferry across the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada. It is situated about 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi) north of Lytton.[2]

Technically, the ferry is a reaction ferry, which is propelled by the current of the water. An overhead cable is suspended from towers anchored on either bank of the river, and a "traveller" is installed on the cable. The ferry is attached to the traveller by a bridle cable. To operate the ferry, rudders are used to ensure that the pontoons are angled into the current, causing the force of the current to move the ferry across the river.[3]

The ferry operates under contract to the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation, is free of tolls, and runs on demand between 0630 and 2215. It carries a maximum of 2 cars, or one small school bus, and 18 passengers at a time. The crossing is about 150 metres (490 ft) in length, and takes 5 minutes. The ferry does not operate at times of high water.[2]

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  1. ^ VSA Highway Maintenance Ltd.
  2. ^ a b "Inland Ferry Schedules". Province of British Columbia. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  3. ^ "Appendix D - Reaction ferry operation - Lytton" (PDF). Province of British Columbia. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 

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Coordinates: 50°14′50″N 121°35′30″W / 50.24722°N 121.59167°W / 50.24722; -121.59167