Summer’s here for GERTIE

Susan Yates

GERTIE Biographer

Wednesday, July 1 2020

We certainly haven’t seen the usual dramatic increase in summer ridership, charter trips, and events for GERTIE, but the passenger count, especially for the mid-day runs, is definitely looking better for GERTIE. 

And we are making adjustments to the schedule to accommodate South-enders (well, west-enders technically) so that they can enjoy a longer mid-day village trip now that more stores and restaurants are open for business. The Saturday market is also a big draw for a bountiful offering of beautiful vegies and home-grown/made food, not to mention a rootin’-tootin’ good breakfast or lunch while you’re there.  

Beginning July 2nd GERTIE will make a minor change to our popular mid-day schedule that will give “west-enders” and visitors arriving by boat more time to shop and enjoy the services available in the village. 

The last mid-day run will now leave the village at 1:40 pm, instead of 12:30, with service to Silva Bay and Degnen Bay and points beyond.

Every few months we like to remind residents that Gabriola Community Bus Foundation’s bi-monthly meetings are always open to the public. We are now meeting outside at the Commons, same time as always: every 2nd Monday at 10:30 am.

The next GCBF meeting will be July 6. This is also a good time to let people know that the GERTIE Lost & Found box is full: sunglasses, hats, gloves, books, etc. If your items are not retrieved within a few weeks, they go to GIRO.

Because we cannot print a for-sure summer schedule during these uncertain times, we are posting one on page 8 of the July 1 Sounder, courtesy of your community newspaper, which has carried us through covid so very well these past few months. 

Please clip this schedule and use it until you see (we hope) a fall/winter schedule delivered to the usual outlets. 

The GERTIE website always has a current schedule too, at gertie.ca