If the draft of the Island Class is too deep to be used on Kootenay Lake during low water level periods, then there won't be much to gain from any potential savings if the ferry isn't usable year-round, like the Osprey 2000. If it is to be a replacement for the Balfour, then it needs to have a similarly shallow draft.
Yes, but a part of this project is dredging in the west arm of Kootenay Lake, so as to allow the Osprey 2000 to operate regardless of water level.
Post by Koastal Karl on Sept 21, 2019 10:55:42 GMT -8
I am back from a two week road trip which included two round trips on the Osprey 2000. I must say the Osprey is such a neat ship. It's so nice to be able to take your car over and not have to pay both ways. First trip I did I drove over and went and explored Pilot Bay Lighthouse which is a neat spot you can see the ferries on the lake from there too. The sailings I took were the 9:50am from Balfour and then I headed back on the 2pm from Kootenay Bay. 35 min free ferry and I had a awesome Burger from the Coffee Shop. It's amazing yet on our 35 min trip to Fulford Harbor on a boring Skeena Queen you get nothing but paying like $50+ just to get over there. Osprey much nicer boat too except their lounge windows need to be cleaned. They are so dirty and even cobwebs and spiders hanging around outside on the windows. The next trip after that was the 6:10pm round trip as I wanted to do a sunset trip. I walked on now this is what is interesting when you walk on you walk down and wait right by the dock. As soon they dock you can walk on even before the cars on that sailing have disembarked which I thought was pretty cool. They usually do not have a lot of foot passengers but there are few on each sailing especially if you live in Kootenay Bay and work in Balfour. There is a really nice lady that runs the Coffee Shop as I have chatted with her on the Facebook Page for the Coffee Shop. The return trip at 7pm from Kootenay Bay they shut down the upper lounge above the coffee shop for cleaning and the coffee shop closes at 7:15pm but the lower lounge on the other side of the ship is usually open. Just thought I would share that. It's a beautiful ride if anyone is in the area and his extra time should go just for the ride it's a run trip. I have done two round trips back to back before and the crew don't even care you could ride the boat all day. Maybe I'll have to do that next time!