Magazine article Sunset

Crossing Fraser River on a Free Ferry

Magazine article Sunset

Crossing Fraser River on a Free Ferry

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In the vast interior of British Columbia, where bridges are scarce, ferries are a vital transportation link. Many are extensions of farm-to-market roads or connections between highways, a reminder of a past that's almost disappeared farther south.

Some ferries are operated by cables, others by diesel or propane. Here we list four free ferries that cross the Fraser River close to a major highway If you're passing through, each is a small adventure in itself. We list them from south to north.

East of Vancouver. The Barnston Island ferry runs across Parsons Channel between Barnston Island and Port Kells; operating 18 hours daily, it takes three cars and 20 passengers on the 5-minute trip. Summon the ferry with your car horn. The landing is about 5 miles east of New Westminster (about 20 miles cast of Vancouver) off the Trans-Canada Highway.

Fort Langley to Albion. A 10-minute trip connects Fort Langley to the Lougheed Highway (Provincial 7) on the river's north shore; two ferries run 20 hours a day, carrying 26 cars and up to a hundred passengers. …

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