Ebus operations manager Glen Desjardine (left) joins Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Peter Milobar, Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone, Thompson Valley Charters co-owners Roger Nadeau and Ian Nadeau to officially launch the Kamloops to Edmonton service with points in between, beginning Thursday, May 20.
The company typically charters the Kamloops Blazers, the Kamloops Storm, the Merritt Centennials and other sports teams and also transports passengers between Rocky Mountaineer rail tours and hotels in Kamloops, though such bus trips are scarce amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thompson Valley Charters co-owner Roger Nadeau told
KTW his company decided to pivot during the pandemic and fill a need, following Greyhound’s departure from Western Canada in 2016.
Ebus has provided private service between Kamloops and the Lower Mainland and Okanagan.
However, Nadeau said service to Edmonton remained unfilled.
He said the Edmonton connection will begin on May 20, running twice per week.
A bus will leave Kamloops on Mondays, return on Tuesdays, leave on Thursdays and return on Fridays.
“We’re interconnecting,” Nadeau said.
“Between the two of us [Ebus and Thompson Valley Charters], we’re trying to make B.C. a little easier to get around.”
Nadeau said plans are for the Kamloops-Edmonton connection to be permanent, continuing after the pandemic is over.
A one-way trip from Kamloops to Edmonton will cost about $200.
A one-way trip to Barriere will cost about $20.
Unlike old Greyhound buses, Thompson Valley Charters buses will include movies and Wi-Fi service.