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Cross Kootenay Lake in Style — And Experience the Charm of Balfour, BC
Balfour (Wikipedia), home to the Kootenay Lake ferry, is a serene community cradled by both Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges. Home to fishing, hiking, golfing and beachfronts, it's located between Nelson and Kaslo along Kootenay Lake.
Kootenay Lake Ferry — Balfour to Kootenay Bay
This is the longest free ferry in the world, rated with five stars on Trip Advisor, and is worth a visit in itself. Thousands of travellers pass through Balfour each year for the scenic 35 minute journey connecting Balfour to Kootenay Bay (and onto the communities such as Crawford Bay on the highway down to Creston). It's the most famous (and busiest) of many ferries in the region.
Check the ferry schedule before departure, as the timetable changes throughout the year.
Traffic conditions and wait times can also be checked on the webcams from Drive BC on both sides of the ferry.
Kokanee, Rainbow Trout and Burbot are all present in Kootenay Lake. Various marinas and public boat launches also make Balfour a popular destination for boaters.
Two courses are in the Balfour area. Balfour Golf Course is a prestigious 18-hole course which carves through the forest and finishes with a scenic view across Kootenay Lake. Alternatively, the three-par Eagle View Golf Course on Queens Bay Road at Kootenay Lakeview Lodge is good for a quick game and delicious dinner at McQ’s Restaurant.
A wide selection of trails (Balfour & District - Business & Historic Association website) cater for all experience levels. The Balfour Golf Club Trail is a popular trail, and the Balfour Woodland Walk is an easy 45 minute walk which can be accessed across from the golf course.
Tennis and Soccer
North of the ferry terminal, along the water and nestled against the forest lies a soccer field and tennis court.
- St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church
8551 Busk Road Balfour B.C. Phone: 250-229-4650 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Michaels was built in 1892, making it one of the oldest churches in the Kootenays. Services are normally held Sunday mornings at 11:30 am. Other service times may be scheduled for special occasions, and all are warmly welcomed to this historic church.
Contact: Marven Pedersen
- Christian Science Church Services
Box 36 Balfour, B.C. V0G 1C0 Phone: 250-229-5237 Email: email@example.com
Located in St. Michael’s and All Angels Anglican Church - 8551 Busk Road Balfour BC
Service time is 9:30 – 10:30 on Sunday mornings. Testimony meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month (call for location)
Balfour Covenant Church
Sunday Service is at 9:30 am at 7741 Upper Balfour Road
For more information call 250-229-2301 or e-mail Pastor Jason Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.balfourcovenant.com
The LIVING GARDEN is a GIFT garden at the same site that generates 100's of pounds of food that is all given away. If you would like more information or would like to assist in some way with the garden please contact Rick Dickieson @ 250-229-4412 or email at email@example.com