From Victoria to Port Hardy: IslandLink launches new bus route

From Victoria to Port Hardy: IslandLink launches new bus route
IslandLink buses are pictured in this file photo.

A private bus company on Vancouver Island will soon be providing a link between the province’s capital and the northern tip of the Island.

Starting on May 16, IslandLinkBus will be launching new routes to Port Hardy, Port Alice, Port McNeil, Woss and Sayward, which will connect to a stop in Campbell River.

Once those routes come online, IslandLink will offer travellers a bus that takes people from as far as Victoria to the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

At the start of 2023, the company also launched routes that head west to Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino.

“We know northern Vancouver Island is currently underserved with bus transportation,” said IslandLink owner Phillip Morgan in a release Tuesday.

“That’s why we are pleased to extend our reliable and efficient bus service to this area, as it will benefit both local residents and visitors to the North Island,” he said.

The company says it will take roughly three hours to complete the 230 kilometre journey between Campbell River and Port Hardy.

Two buses will operate the route daily, one heading north and one heading south.

Anyone looking to make the approximately 500 kilometre journey between Victoria and Port Hardy can expect to pay $99.99 for a one-way ticket.

Prices drop to $74.99 for a one-way ticket between Campbell River and Port Hardy.

The IslandLink route map is shown. (IslandLinkBus)

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