Columbia Valley Transit is a service provided by the Regional District of East Kootenay and BC Transit and operated by Olympus Stage Lines Ltd.
The service enables travelers to and from the various communities in the Columbia Valley to do so easily and inexpensively. People with medical appointments in other locations such as Cranbrook, travelers with mobility difficulties or shoppers wishing to access larger centres, find the community bus ideal. Although medical appointments have priority, everyone is welcome to use the service if space is available.
Buses are equipped with bike racks with a carrying capacity of two bicycles at a time which may be used during daylight hours only.
Columbia Valley Transit has a 2-zone fare schedule:
- Local Service – Radium, Invermere, Windermere and Fairmont
- Regional Service – Edgewater, Canal Flats
Fares for health connections are separate.
Tickets may be purchased at several locations in the valley and cash fares are accepted. The cost of a single fare is from $2.00 to $2.50 for adults/seniors/students and there is no cost for children 4 years or younger. Riders may choose to purchase tickets in sheets of 10. A monthly pass is $42.00. A universal bus pass is available for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities (see website for details).
There are several scheduled stops in the various communities and you can find the one nearest to your location as well as arrival and departure times at: http://www.transitbc.com/regions/col/schedules/schedule.cfm?line=11&. In rural areas along Hwy. 93/95 where there are no designated bus stops, the bus can be flagged down along the route. Just find a spot where visibility is good and there is a space where the driver can pull off the road safely. If it is dark, use a flashlight to signal to the driver.
A special door-to-door service is also available. To book a trip, phone 1-877-343-2461 and leave a message for a return call. Then give origin and destination location, time of travel and similar return trip details. If you need to cancel a trip, be sure to let the office know so someone else may be accommodated.
Bus service is available Monday thru Friday during the year, except for statutory holidays.
For more information about schedules, fares, etc., phone 1-877-343-2461 from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday or visit the website at http://www.transitbc.com/regions/col