Category Archives: Transportation

Should We Reopen Island Rail?

The Island Railway suspended operations on March 18, 2011, due to safety concerns about the condition of the tracks. Plans to reopen the line continue to this day. In fact, one of the items of correspondence at the  Strathcona Regional District’s May 13th Board Meeting was an email from Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog.

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Campbell River Airport Reopens JUne 2

Campbell River Airport Reopens on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. 

Pacific Coastal Airlines will be providing flights to Vancouver, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Central Mountain Air will resume daily service to and from Vancouver on Monday, June 8.

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North Island Bus Service May Soon Terminate.

By Zoë Ducklow, North Island Gazette, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Tofino Bus Service is hoping to eliminate the Campbell River to Port Hardy leg of its route, officially putting a request in to B.C.’s Passenger Transportation Board.

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BC Ferries Don’t Take Cash

On Monday, April 13, I was intending to board the ferry in Heriot Bay bound for Cortes Island.

“How will you be paying?” the officer in charge of boarding asked.

“Cash.” I replied.  I only had cash, having left my wallet at home on Cortes.

“We don’t take cash… Because of the virus,” he replied.

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BC Ferries On The Front Line

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Besides being on alert and feverishly working to stem the spread of germs, COVID-19 is cramping BC Ferries worker Helene Lepage’s style.

“I can’t sing at work anymore,” Lepage said with a wistful laugh. “I’m in theatre. And, no kidding, you can throw spit 25 feet away, easily, with a passionate soliloquy.”

The outgoing, gregarious terminal attendant on Quadra Island has had to rein it in during this new era of physical-distancing.

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