BC Transit Bus Lane
(Photo by Victoria Buzz)

On July 1, Victoria will be full of family-friendly activities, multicultural performances, and local food vendors. It’s not a stretch to expect large crowds and slow traffic. Luckily, BC Transit will be offering special bus services on Saturday. So you’ll be able to get to and from downtown without worrying about the hassle of driving and parking.

“BC Transit is proud to be able to play an important role connecting the community to Canada Day festivities,” said Manuel Achadinha, President and CEO of BC Transit.

Extra Services:

  • A shuttle will run from Tillicum Mall. It’ll still follow the regular route 11 to Gorge at Admirals but then detour along Admirals, Craigflower and Tillicum. Temporary bus stops will be set up, allowing passengers to connect with the 26 and 14 routes.
  • Buses will stand by along Douglas Street after the fireworks. Some bus routes will also run later than usual, with the last buses leaving downtown between 1:15 and 1:30 a.m.

Closures and Parking Restrictions:

  • Gorge Road will be closed to traffic between Admirals and Tillicum from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Certain bus stops downtown will close after 10:00 p.m. For details, check out the Victoria Regional Transit System Rider’s Alert.
  • Parking will not be permitted in the bus and bike priority lanes on Douglas Street between Kings Road and Herald Street from 5 p.m. to midnight. The city will post no-parking signs along the corridor to alert drivers. Parked vehicles will be subject to fines and towing.

“Taking advantage of the bus and bike priority lanes on Canada Day will support a more efficient transit service and the movement of people in and out of the downtown core,” said Victoria Police Department’s Chief Del Manak.

For the eighth year in a row, there will be no alcohol permitted on board BC Transit buses at any time on July 1.

Regular transit fares still apply on Canada Day.

For more information, including fares, service updates, and alerts, visit bctransit.com

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