This ferry takes two minutes to cross the Fraser River. Yup a whole two minutes :) It's just outside of Lytton (2.4 km) on Hwy 12 and the ferry is the main connection between the Indian Reserve and town. Both my younger kids attend school in Lytton and today when I drove in I stopped and took a few pictures.
It hold two vehicles, or as Sydney says "one bus Mama."
It has a cable that pulls it across (I'm assuming it must have a motor too), and I've heard that the cable has snapped a few times, probably the reason for the sign, although there would be no chance of asking the Operator anything if he was sailing down the Fraser, I guess you could holler on the banks ;)
You know this is the ultimate ferry... why you ask? Well it's free, the shortest run I've ever heard of, and it's schedule is "on demand," you pull up and it toodles over to get you if you are on the other side. There are two short breaks during the ferry's daily schedule which is 6:30 AM to 10:15 PM. It doesn't run between 10:30 and 11:00 AM and 6:30 to 7:00 PM. Coffee breaks? Early lunch? Dinner? Refueling? I have no idea why.
Oh one other thing, it doesn't run during high water... hmmm... what do people who live on the other side do when that happens? The only other routes I know of are a rather long slow detour (2-4 hours) on a rough gravel road through Texas Creek into Lillooet and around (been there done that and not fun), or a pedestrian walkway along the CN railway bridge. I was on the ferry once, more than 15 years ago, when we took the nasty gravel road through Texas Creek, that was quite an experience! Don't you think a bridge would be a lot easier for everyone?