Fernie’s Greyhound is shutting down. That’s crazy. This means no passenger bus service and parcel delivery in Fernie anymore. It’s big news.
CBC.ca: “Greyhound Canada is ending its passenger bus and freight services in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and cancelling all but one route in B.C. — a U.S.-run service between Vancouver and Seattle.
The changes take effect the end of October, which will make Ontario and Quebec the only regions where the familiar running-dog logo will continue to grace Canadian highways.
“This decision is regretful and we sympathize with the fact that many small towns are going to lose service,” Greyhound Canada senior vice-president Stuart Kendrick said in an interview with The Canadian Press.
“But simply put, the issue that we have seen is the routes in rural parts of Canada — specifically Western Canada — are just not sustainable anymore.”…read more.
Greyhound is looking for a replacement location since Edge of the World did not renew their contract. Delivery service have been moved to Sparwood’s office in Centennial Square, but I’m pretty sure bus pick up and drop off will stay at the location until further notice.
Greyhound may need to make their contracts more desirable to Fernie businesses or this game of hide and seek may never end.
The Greyhound depot is now in Edge of the World, a cool little skate and snowboard shop at 902 6th Ave. You can book your bus trips, pick up and drop off parcels or just sit and watch the bus come and go while stuffing a chicken burrito in your mouth from El Guapo. With your greyhound inquiries, call (250) 423-9292.
*** April 20th, 2011 Update ***
If you did a search for greyhound fernie, you may have found this posting but greyhound is still “changing like the seasons” and they are now located beside the Husky Gas Bar in West Fernie (on the south side of the building.)