Getting Here

It's easy to get to the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route, and depending which way you come from, you even gain an hour. From the west coast, drive along Highway 3—the Crowsnest Highway—as you lower from the Salmo-Creston Pass. From here, head north on the windy, forested road of Highway 3A along the east shore of Kootenay Lake to the Kootenay Bay ferry, or further east through Creston and on to Yahk-Kitchener. From the south (U.S. Border) there are two border-crossings leading you here; at Eastport/Kingsgate, drive north along Highway 95 to the split with Highway 3 at Yahk, or cross over from Porthill/Rykerts a little further west. Meet with Highway 3 and 95 if coming from the east. The Route is five hours from Calgary and Kelowna, and three hours north of Spokane.

 

Creston getting  here map

 

Kootenay Lake Ferry Schedule - Daily Schedule

All times are Pacific Time (PST). Times in bold indicate peak ferry travel. Anticipate delays during this period. For more information on the Kootenay Lake Ferry, please visit the official website.

Vessel Name

Departure from
Balfour Terminal

Departure from
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 am   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