GERTIE’s Summer Fun (so far)

Susan Yates

Gertie’s Biographer

Tuesday, July 28 2015

GERTIE’s Friday and Saturday evening pub and restaurant runs, from the Surf Lodge to Silva Bay and in between, are a success so far, and we’ve adjusted the evening schedule so that the times between runs are more even, allowing for dinner and drinks at all locations. The new evening schedule is on the website (gertie.ca), in the Sounder, and you’ll also see small printed schedules at some of the places where you normally find riders’ guides.

Nancy Nevison gets a 'lift' out of the GERTIE bus with a helping hand from driver Steve Polzin. Submitted photo.

Gus the Bus was happy to take a full load of Islands Trust folks around the island last Wednesday for a tour of some of Gabriola’s noteworthy environmental destinations, and a fine lunch at Silva Bay halfway along the journey. Despite a few hiccups going up Brickyard Hill, everyone made it back to the ferry with some rewarding glimpses of island life that remind us why our precious islands in the Salish Sea are part of a Trust that works to protect their unique amenities. 

This past Thursday the GERTIE-Lift bus was in full service mode for the Seniors Lunch at the Rollo Centre. A happy bunch of seniors from the Garden Homes were transported with extra mobility assistance, free of charge thanks to the grant we received from the Health Auxiliary (the Gabe Shop folks). GERTIE would like to pick up even more passengers for the next lunch, because the GERTIE-Lift bus is dedicated to transporting seniors with their mobility aids, door to door, for special events. If you want to join the next trip to the Seniors Lunch (September 24), please contact the People for a Healthy Community Senior’s Resource Centre at 325-2273, or Susan at 247-8086.

GERTIE has two big traditional August events to look forward to: the Lions Concert on the Green on August 6, and the Salmon BBQ on August 8. For the Concert on the Green, GERTIE will meet the ferry that arrives at 4:10 p.m. from Nanaimo, head up to the Village bus stop at 4:20 p.m., and then go via South Road to the concert. Riders are welcome to join the bus at the Village bus stop if they want to do a “park and ride” from there to the golf course. If there is a full bus, GERTIE will do shuttle runs until everyone gets to the concert. The return route will be the same - from the golf course, to the Village and the ferry, shuttling if necessary.

For the Salmon BBQ on August 8, GERTIE will meet passengers off the ferry that arrives at 4:10 p.m., arrive at the Village at 4:15 p.m. (again, you can do a park and ride if you live at the north end of the island); go down North Road and arrive at Barrett Road at 4:20 p.m.; get to Silva Bay at 4:30 p.m.; Islands View at 4:35 p.m.; and arrive at the Community Hall at 4:40 p.m. The route will be the same in reverse after the BBQ is over, whenever passengers decide it’s time to leave (together!). If more than one trip is needed, GERTIE is up for that.