Getting around Denman Island is about to get a little easier.
The Comox Valley Regional District has announced that it will be launching bus service on Denman Island as part of a pilot project with Denman Works.
Service will begin on Canada Day and operate three days a week — Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and the occasional holiday Monday — until Labour Day.
The route will include five designated stops: Denman West terminal, Denman Activity Centre and Museum, the Guesthouse, Farmer’s Market, and Gravelly Bay Ferry Terminal.
All bus stops will be marked with a tall sandwich board and there will be pickup and drop off on requests along the route — at driver discretion — depending on the time of day.
Ambassador Transportation has won the contract to operate the new bus service and according to the regional district, the bus itself will be a light-duty 20-seat vehicle with wheel-chair access and a rear luggage compartment. The fare will be $2 per person per ride and can be paid with cash or credit onboard.
The regional district says the new service will not only enable travel to “key destinations” on Denman but will facilitate connections to BC Ferries, allowing users to travel easier to Vancouver Island and Hornby Island.
“We are very excited to be part of this transit partnership on Denman and Hornby,” Daniel Arbour, CVRD Director for Electoral Area A: Baynes Sound, Denman and Hornby Islands, said in a press release. “Hopefully residents and visitors will experiment with this new service for their commutes over the summer months.
Once bus service has ended for the year, the Comox Valley Regional District says it will review the program, which combined with results of the an ongoing transportation study, will “inform” the future approach to transit for Denman Island.
For more information about the route and schedule, click here.