Susan Yates

GERTIE Biographer

Tuesday, August 25 2015

The fall schedule is in the works as this is being written, and will begin September 7. Commuters and students can look forward to the return of the two regular morning runs, plus an added afternoon commuter run that will meet the 6:10 ferry from Nanaimo. The mid-day runs will be reduced, but not until the end of September; details on this are currently being worked out and will be revealed as soon as possible. 

The summer pub and restaurant runs will continue until (and including) the September long weekend. These are the Friday/Saturday night specials that promote safe drinking (no driving), lots of eating, and fabulous sunsets at our island eateries, when GERTIE runs from 6:30 pm until midnight (or later by request for groups). Don’t miss your chance to hop on board with your friends, neighbours, and island visitors to appreciate the very best in island food and drink, from the Surf to Silva Bay and everywhere in between. 

And here is a big bonus from The Surf – you ride free to and from the Surf on Friday and Saturday evenings – just tell the driver you’re heading to The Surf, and your bus fare is paid both ways!

Remember to buy your GERTIE monthly passes, tickets and get your riders’ guides at: ABC Liquor Store at Twin Beaches, Mid-Island Co-Op, Village Food Market, and The Mortgage Centre in Nanaimo. You can always check The Sounder and the website at for late-breaking news.