A very GERTIE summer

Susan Yates

GERTIE Biographer

Wednesday, August 14 2019

Hurray for Village Liquor Store and their very generous contribution to GERTIE’s summertime evening runs with a cheque for $1,210.00 (one per cent of July’s liquor sales). We are so grateful to Michael Brown and Adam Giles for their ongoing support of our community bus.


The Gertie Community Bus was the July recipient of funds from the Village Liquor Store’s 1% Club, which sees a local organization receive a donation of 1% of VLS sales that month. Susan Yates from the GERTIE Board accepted the $1,210 cheque from VLS Manager Adam Giles (left) and VLS Owner Michael Brown (right). The August recipient of the 1% Club will be the Community Hall. Derek Kilbourn photo.


The first week of August saw a record number of 56 passengers on the midday Saturday run; a great way to avoid the traffic congestion and parking at the Saturday market and in the Village area. I took the bus with friends from the Village that same week to check out the new Salt & Co. food truck at Silva Bay. We had the best of island adventures, eating great local food under sun umbrellas, browsing the beautiful Pier Gallery, and walking the docks at low tide to investigate marine creatures, of which there were many, including quite a few purple sea stars that had survived the wasting disease of previous years.

The midday GERTIE bus trip from the Village to Silva Bay gives passengers just the right amount of time to have lunch and a good look around before boarding again for the return trip. When my crew disembarked at Silva Bay, a boat-load of golfers got on with their gear to make the 10-minute trip to the golf course, do an afternoon of golfing, then back to their boats at Silva Bay on a later afternoon bus.

Cultivate Festival will soon be happening, and here is another reminder to take GERTIE if you can; you will be rewarded with good company on the bus, no parking problems, no traffic congestion, and less GHG (greenhouse gas) pollution. 

This is a good time to try out the GERTIE bus if you never have before. If you are a regular commuter/passenger and are feeling stressed by the late ferries resulting in delayed afternoon runs, check wheresgertie.ca to see how long you need to wait for the bus. A happy rider from the Whalebone area mentioned that this saved them an 18-minute wait at the bus stop on a busy Thursday afternoon.