Transportation and Infrastructure

Moving forward with a vision for Kootenay Lake ferry service

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Transportation and Infrastructure

Moving forward with a vision for Kootenay Lake ferry service

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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
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Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 356-8241

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Public open houses for info on Kootenay Lake ferry improvements

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is seeking local input on longer-term improvements to the inland ferry terminal at Balfour.

Balfour and area residents are invited to upcoming open houses and small group meetings to hear about potential improvements and to provide feedback. Details on upcoming service changes as a result of low water will also be available.

Those unable to attend in person can also provide feedback online from Feb. 19 to March 30, 2018, at www.gov.bc.ca/balfourterminal.

Open houses (drop-in, no reservation required):

Tuesday, Feb. 27

5 – 8 p.m.

Crawford Bay school
16150 Walkley Rd.
Crawford Bay

Wednesday, Feb. 28

5 – 8 p.m.

Redfish Elementary school
265 Bryan Rd.
Nelson

Small group meetings (space limited, by reservation only; RSVP to balfourterminal@gov.bc.ca):

Tuesday, Feb. 27

1 – 3 p.m.

Cabin Restaurant
16898 Scott Rd.
Kootenay Bay

Wednesday, Feb. 28

1 – 3 p.m.

Dock ‘n’ Duck
7924 Highway 3A
Balfour

Schedule for temporary Kootenay Lake ferry service changes due to low water

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has scheduled the following temporary service changes for the Kootenay Lake ferry to ensure safe passage during low water from late February through April 2018:

Feb. 24 – March 10, and April 22 – 28:

Speed, trim and swell control: the ferry operator will implement speed/trim/swell control measures while using MV Osprey. These limit the vessel to a speed of eight knots while travelling through the arm, and the crew would need to take extra precautions while loading the vessel to ensure minimal trim. Wind speeds over 35 knots would also limit sailings.

March 11 –24, and April 8 – 21:

Deadweight control: a deadweight restriction will be implemented on MV Osprey. At the operator’s discretion, weights will be limited to 50% of normal capacity. Commercial vehicles could face minor delays.

March 25 – April 7:

Exclusive use of MV Balfour. While MV Osprey is out of service for low water, it will undergo one of its bi-annual refits.

April 29: Both MV Osprey and MV Balfour return to normal service.

Learn More:

Information on service changes and proposed improvements to the Kootenay Lake ferry service and Balfour Terminal are available online at: www.gov.bc.ca/balfourterminal

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