Kootenay Lake Ferry

COVID-19 Protocols

  • The 1:10 from Balfour and 2 pm from Kootenay Bay sailings are cancelled for increased sanitation.
  • For protection of passengers and crew, indoor seating, food service and bathrooms are closed.
  • Passengers are required to stay in their vehicles.
  • The Osprey is running on the winter schedule until traffic increases.
Maiden Voyage of the Osprey 2000

Maiden Voyage of the Osprey 2000

The 35 minute ferry crossing between Kootenay Bay (east) and Balfour (west) is the longest scenic free ferry crossing in the world. Scroll down for Webcam and Ferry Schedule.

Operated by the Ministry of Highways, the Osprey 2000 runs year round and the smaller Balfour ( boat not place) in summer months.  Restaurants and public bathrooms are on both side as well as on the Osprey. Foot passengers can walk on at any sailing to enjoy the lake cruise. Bus Schedule from Nelson

Kootenay Bay Ferry Landing Webcam - Provided by the 
East Shore Internet Society, with funding by the RDCK EDCK
View a larger version of the web cam.


Year Round Winter Schedule Only – Summer Schedule in effect from
the third week of June each up to and including Labour Day.

Expect delays during peak periods, weekends and holidays, nice place to have a coffee, snack or a swim though.

All times are pacific time
** Food Services on Osprey 2000 Only**

Balfour Terminal Kootenay Bay Terminal
Summer Winter Summer Winter
Osprey 2000 6:30 AM 6:30 AM 7:10 AM 7:10 AM
Osprey 2000 8:10 AM 8:10 AM 9:00 AM 9:00 AM
Osprey 2000 9:50 AM 9:50 AM 10:40 AM 10:40 AM
M.V. Balfour 10:40 AM 11:30 AM
Osprey 2000 11:30 AM 11:30 AM 12:20 PM 12:20 PM
M.V. Balfour 12:20 PM 1:10 PM
Osprey 2000 1:10 PM 1:10 PM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM
M.V. Balfour 2:00 PM 2:50 PM
Osprey 2000 2:50 PM 2:50 PM 3:40 PM 3:40 PM
M.V. Balfour 3:40 PM 4:30 PM
Osprey 2000 4:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:20 PM 5:20 PM
M.V. Balfour 5:20 PM 6:10 PM
Osprey 2000 6:10 PM 6:10 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM
Osprey 2000 7:50 PM 7:50 PM 8:40 PM 8:40 PM
Osprey 2000 9:40 PM 9:40 PM 10:20 PM 10:20 PM
For more information please call the Kootenay Lake Ferry at 250-229-4215