It’s very easy to get around the Columbia Valley BC. Just Take a Columbia Valley Transit bus!
Do you have a medical appointment in Cranbrook? A mobility difficulty that prevents you from driving? Would you like to spend a day shopping in a larger community but don’t want the hassle of the long drive to and from?
Just hop on a Columbia Valley Transport bus! It’s fast, it’s inexpensive and you get to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Even if you rode your bicycle into the valley, you can use one of the two bike racks on each community bus during daylight hours, provided it is available and there is room on the rack. Each bus also features two storage lockers.
Columbia Valley Transit is a service provided by the Regional District of East Kootenay and BC Transit. Although medical appointments have priority, everyone is welcome to use the service if there is space.
Bus service is available Mondays to Fridays during the year, except for statutory holidays.
Columbia Valley Transit has a 2-zone fare schedule with fares differing in each zone:
- Local Service – Radium, Invermere, Windermere and Fairmont
- Regional Service – Edgewater, Canal Flats
Fares for health connections are separate.
Tickets for Columbia Valley Transit may be purchased at several locations in the valley and cash fares are accepted, although drivers do not carry change so be sure ahead of time that you have the exact amount of your fare. The cost of a single fare is from $2.00 to $2.50 for adults, seniors and students and there is no cost for children 4 years and younger. There is a lower rate for those traveling to and from medical appointments outside of their communities.
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://bctransit.com/columbia-valley/schedules-and-maps
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.
This is a special door-to-door service of the Columbia Valley Transit System in Invermere and Radium, with service from Monday to Friday, 10:30am to 2:30pm. Priority is given to the first to call and people with mobility challenges.
To book a trip, phone 1-877-343-2461 one day ahead 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.
To find the bus stop nearest you, view excellent maps of the routes through the various valley communities at:
Information about fares and fare zones can be accessed at: http://bctransit.com/columbia-valley/fares
For more information about schedules, fares, etc, go to http://bctransit.com/columbia-valley/ or
Phone 1877-343-2461from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday or visit the website (http://www.transitbc.com/regions/col)