Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

Sunset Walk at the Needles Ferry Landing

After a hot day, it feels good to walk along the beach near the Fauquier-Needles ferry landing. By the way, the ferry ride whether by car, truck, or as a foot passenger is free as all BC inland ferries are considered part of the provincial highway system. On the south side of the terminal, you see a large log boom that contains the lumber that the logging trucks haul out of the nearby forests. When enough logs have been collected, tugboats drag them south to Castlegar to the wood processing plants. I put the photos together into a video-slideshow. Enjoy.

19 Replies to “Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes”

    1. That’s not always true. Ferries that run from Galveston to the Bolivar Peninsula here on the Texas coast also are considered part of the highway system, and are free. Depending on the day of the week and the time, there are as few as two or as many as six ferries that run 24/7. The only time they’re shut down is for hurricanes, or the need to allow something to pass, as recently happened when the battleship USS Texas was moved to Galveston for repairs.

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      1. That’s interesting. Around here (Massachusetts and New England in general), ferries are expensive and never free with only one small exception that I know of.

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      2. Different states, different approaches. I started thinking about other ferries here in Texas, and realized that one I often used on the midcoast, between Aransas Pass and Port Aransas, also is considered part of the highway system, and is free. There used to be a ferry in my area, but now there’s a bridge. I once met a fellow whose grandfather was a ferryman at our local crossing, when the ferry involved ropes and horses!

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  1. That is a great initiative to have the ferries as parts of the roads. In Scotland I have met small ferries that were part of the road system as well. That was in the 70s now they have bridges instead in some of the places.
    I am glad to hear that the timber is dragged by tugboats. That is less dangerous than people balancing on the logs. Do they still do that in other parts of the country?

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  2. I do love our ferries, but yours are equally attractive. The scenery certainly is different! That’s a clever way to move the logs, too. In east Texas, they necessarily move by truck, but however they’re moved, it’s an impressive sight.

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  3. The only ferries I ever rode were to Nantucket by way of Martha’s Vineyard. That was almost, yikes, fifty years ago so I am sure much has changed. But they were not free even for passengers and I did not own a car at the time so no idea what that might have cost. I am sure it is much more now.

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  4. I always enjoy to ride on a ferry. When I visit Germany, I like to ride my bike along the Rhine River, then take a ferry across, ride back on the opposite side of the river, and finally cross back to the original side via a bridge. One has to pay, but for a pedestrian or biker the fee isn’t very high. There are also many other cargo boats, but I don’t remember ever seeing one with wooden logs. I only hope that they aren’t clearcutting British Columbia’s wonderful forests!

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  5. Ohne Fähren gehts halt nicht. Auch bei uns gibt es noch zahlreiche Fähren über die Donau oder den Nord-Ostsee Kanal. Immer wieder schön darauf mitzufahren. Ein interessanter Beitrag. Liebe Grüße Wolfgang

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