One southwest ferry won't be opening as early as normal this year, due to needing repairs. 

Typically operating from April to November, the Riverhurst Ferry is set to start its 2024 season in late June.

According to Dan Palmer with the Ministry of Highways, the boat underwent a Transport Canada inspection in the fall which determined that some work needs to be done for it to operate safely.

"We really appreciate the patience and understanding as this work takes place so there's safe and reliable service in the future," he added. 

The total cost of the investment is over $1.6 million and includes rehabilitating the hull. The ferry was beached until late June back in 2022, due to a dry start to the season that year. 

It transports about 30,000 vehicles across the South Saskatchewan River annually.