Important Notice regarding Kootenay Lake Ferry

Posted on
February 13, 2018 by

Temporary Service Changes — March 11 to April 21

The channel near the Balfour Ferry Terminal has some shallow areas which will be addressed through proposed dredging in the coming year. In the meantime, this creates a navigational safety hazard for the normal operation of the MV Osprey during low spring water levels. The following temporary service changes are required:

Dates

Service Change

March 11 – March 24

· Reduced weight load* on the MV Osprey

· Potential for increased wait times during busy sailings

March 25 – April 7

· MV Balfour in operation while the MV Osprey is refitted

· Vehicle capacity reduced to 28 vehicles

· Potential for increased wait times during busy sailings

April 8 – April 21

· Reduced weight load* on the MV Osprey

· Potential for increased wait times during busy sailings

*Depending on the number and weights of commercial vehicles boarding the vessel during this time, the number of vehicles loaded may need to be limited which might in some cases result in a sailing wait for heavier vehicles.

Plan ahead

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this temporary service change. We suggest ferry users:

· Go to Drive BC’s updates for the Kootenay Lake Ferry to check for potential sailing waits

· Check the overhead messaging boards in Nelson and Creston

· Plan to arrive early for the ferry

· Allow time for a potential sailing wait

· Consider off-peak crossing times or an alternate route.

· Help spread the word to your friends and family about these changes