New GERTIE bus shelter at Silva Bay


GERTIE’s newest bus shelter has just popped up like a fall mushroom on South Road near to Silva Bay.  Although not quite finished, its a beautiful and sturdy structure, built post-and-beam style by a crew of volunteers including John Campbell, Graham MacDonald, Tim Mitchell. Emanuel Bocancea and Ollie Herman, with hot coffee graciously supplied by Sharon Hooton. Many thanks to all!  This location is consistently one of GERTIE’s busiest  boarding spots, and we’re delighted that our passengers can now stay dry while waiting for the bus.

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Year End Evaluation Report

The results of GERTIE’s first year are captured in the GERTIE year end evaluation report.  Thanks to passengers, volunteers, funders and community supporters for making it a great year!

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New Schedule

See below for the schedule that started September 8th. See the ‘read across’ and ‘turn by turn’ formats on the Routes and Schedules page. The moving maps are up – check them out. sept25readdown2

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Schedule Change Monday September 8th

BC Ferries has changed the schedule again. So, we have changed GERTIE’s schedule in order to ensure that the bus meets the ferries. The following (see post above for schedule) will be in place starting Monday September 8th. New Riders Guides will be available on September 12th  (once we’ve made sure that the schedule works). All four formats of this schedule will be published on the Routes and Schedules page on Monday. 


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What schedule format works for you?

We know that GERTIE’s schedule is not always easy to follow. To respond to the various ways in which people have said to us that they understand schedules, we have created four different ways of presenting the information. Check them out here and let us know which one you prefer.

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GERTIE is going to the Salmon Barbeque

GERTIE is going to the Salmon Barbeque

GERTIE loves salmon, and salad and music and conversation, so we’re heading to the Salmon Barbeque on Saturday evening (Aug. 9th).  We’ve got room for you to come along!  The schedule is as follows:

Hemlock mailboxes: 4:05 PM

Twin Beaches: 4:10

Ferry: 4:15 (wait for arrival of 3:50 ferry)

Harrison: 4:25

Village: 4:30

Tashtego turnaround: 4:40

Silva Bay: 4:55

Islands View/Blueback: 5:00

Community Hall: 5:05

 Return by the same route (as necessary) at around 8:00 PM.

Regular fares apply (or tickets or passes).

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Concert on the Green

Gabriolans can hop on the regular afternoon runs to get to the August 7th Concert on the Green. For those coming from Nanaimo GERTIE will be meeting the ferry at 4:15 to take people directly to the Concert on the Green.

GERTIE will take people back to the ferry once the concert is over, and if you used our regular service to get there we’ll take you back home along our regular routes.

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