News Release - January 12, 2023
News ReleaseIslandlink begins new Nanaimo-Tofino bus service this winter
Nanaimo (January 12, 2023) - Islandlink will start offering bus service between Nanaimo and Tofino three times a week starting on January 30, 2023.
"We've looked at the numbers, and with our 15-passenger vehicles, we're able to add this service," says Phillip Morgan, owner of Islandlink.
The new Nanaimo-Tofino route will run in both directions between the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal and Tofino, serving intermediate points including Port Alberni and Ucluelet.
Effective May 18, 2023, Islandlink will increase the Nanaimo-Tofino route frequency to a daily service, and will operate the route year-round.
Islandlink already serves the Victoria - Nanaimo route five times a day.
"Providing bus service during the COVID-19 pandemic was challenging for our sector," adds Morgan. "But, with our track record of serving Vancouver Island continuously for nearly 25 years, including during the pandemic, when we missed only two days of service, we are pleased to be able to now provide this same level of reliability to Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino."
For information on fares, schedules and availability, and to make or cancel bookings, visit the Islandlink website at www.islandlinkbus.com. Bookings can be made online until midnight of the day before travel. Passengers who are unable or who do not wish to book online, can pay their cash fare to the driver, space permitting.
IslandLink started in 1998 with bus service from Qualicum Beach, French Creek and Parksville to the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal. The service was designed to serve as a connector for Horseshoe Bay/Departure Bay foot passengers. That remains the focus of our service today serving four BC Ferries terminals: Departure Bay, Little River, Buckley Bay and Campbell River to provide connecting bus transportation for ferry foot passengers. IslandLink carries more than 50,000 passengers a year and operates up to 14 buses.
Phillip Morgan, owner, IslandLink