New Ferry Service Coming to Chestermere Lake
Visitors to Chestermere are often surprised to discover that Chestermere Lake has only one small bridge which connect the two halves of our city. As motorists can attest, that crossing has become increasingly congested. Chestermere Councillor John Mcdougall says that during some peak hours, the bridge is nearly impassable, “Since Tim Hortons moved in, it may take up to 30 minutes to navigate past drive through traffic” McDougall observed. With the added road construction restricting access throughout Chestermere, life has been difficult for some residents. “The neighbourhood of Kinniburgh has, at times, been virtually cut off from civilization. So we realized we needed a solution. We needed a Ferry!”
With the success of other Chestermere owned corporations, council approved a new city-run business; the “Chestermere Lake Ferry Co.” Slated to operate at a crossing near the south end of the lake, it will transport passengers, goods, essential services and vehicles across the lake. McDougall says that the ferry will run during peak rush hour traffic, crossing hourly from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, and again from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Monday to Thursday. “Chestermere’s new ferry has a lot of spunk! In good weather she’ll carry two small cars or one half-ton across to Kinniburgh in under 25 minutes!”
Residents of the lake community are elated. Mary Doerksen who lives in Kinniburgh says that the first thing she will do when the service begins is to see her family in Rainbow Falls. “It’s just been so long. I can’t wait to hug my loved ones again,” she said.
Ferry services begin this August docking at the family beach at Anniversary Park.