This is a general community service available to anyone in
the community. However, hospital trips are a priority.
The Bella Coola Valley Transit System operates as a paratransit
service. This means the service is door-to-door service for
persons with a disability, and curb-to-curb service for others.
Depending on where you live, you may need to meet the bus
at a convenient and safe pick up location.
The transit service is funded by the Central Coast Regional
Hospital District in partnership with BC Transit. Decisions
on fares, routes and service levels are made by the Hospital
District Board based on public feedback and information provided
by BC Transit. The service is operated by the Bella Coola
Valley Bus Co. Ltd.
When Service Operates
Monday to Saturday 7:30am-630pm.
There are six scheduled trips a day, with remaining service
maintaining Dial-a-Ride service.
At certain times, when demand for service is heavy, you may
be asked to re-schedule or modify your plans to fit in with
other trips. Transit in Bella Coola is a "shared-ride" system
and other passengers are picked up and dropped off en-route.
Current Rider's Guide
Download your current
Rider's Guide. (400 KB PDF)
Booking a Trip
If you wish to book a trip or need further information, call
799-0079 24 hours ahead, Monday to Saturday between 8:00am
and 6:00pm. Leave a message and someone will call you as soon
as possible. It is important that you call the day before
your required trip to ensure pick-up.
If your plans change and you do not need to travel as arranged,
it is important that you call and cancel your trip. Someone
else may be able to travel in your place.
Before You Call
Please be ready with the following information:
- your name and phone number
- which day you want to travel
- where you want to be picked up
- your destination and the time you want to be there
- when you want to return
- any special equipment you use (walker, wheelchair, cane,
- whether you will have an attendant or companion with you
An attendant is someone whose help you need to make the trip.
He or she rides with you for free.
A companion is someone you'd like to come along with you.
Companions pay the regular fare.
Monday to Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm, with an answering service
available 24 hrs a day.
Fares Effective April 1, 2009
Buy your monthly pass on board the bus. If you are paying
by cash, please have the exact cash fare ready when you get
on the bus. Drivers do not make change.
Government of BC Bus Pass Program
A universal bus pass that allows for unlimited travel on
your conventional transit system is available to seniors and
persons with a disability on a restricted income.
To qualify for the BC Bus Pass Program, you must be receiving
any of the following:
- Old Age Pension and Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement
or Federal Spouse's Allowance;
- Spouses Allowance to Old Age Security;
- Over 65 years: would qualify for OAS and GIS except having
less than 10 years residency in Canada;
- BC Employment and Assistance (60 years and older); or
- BC Employment and Assistance PWD Disability Assistance
(18 to 64 years).
For more information, contact:
Toll-free: 1-866-866-0800 (Choose option 4, then option 3)
How to Catch the Bus
When you want to ride transit, you can call ahead to 250-799-0079
to book your trip, or you can wave the bus down from the street
somewhere along the route.
If you are waving down the bus, find a bus stop sign or a
safe location along the route, face the bus and wave at it
as it approaches you. A safe location is one where visibility
is good and where the bus can easily pull off the road, such
as a driveway or postal box area. Make sure you are visible,
especially at night. Carry a flashlight or stand in a well-lit
area. To get off the bus, ask the driver to find a safe place
If you have comments about the service in general, opinions
and suggestions for change, please contact:
Bella Coola Valley Bus Co. Ltd.
925 Mackenzie Highway
Bella Coola, BC V0T 1C0