Northern Health says the modified schedule is being implemented to allow routine maintenance on their buses, and goes on to say the change is designed to ensure the fewest impacts for patients, as the program sees a lower number of riders during the summer.
The call centre will remain open during the time frame of August 10 – 23; however, the program will not run regular routes.
The Northern Health Connections buses will complete their last runs for the two-week summer break up to August 9, at which they will run on a modified schedule until August 24.
The table provided below indicates the last run before the summer break and the first day back in service for each route:
|Route description||Last route before summer break||First day back in service|
|Prince George to Vancouver||Thursday, August 7||Sunday, August 24|
|Vancouver to Prince George||Saturday, August 9||Tuesday, August 26|
|Prince George to Prince Rupert||Friday, August 8||Sunday, August 24|
|Prince Rupert to Prince George||Saturday, August 9||Monday, August 25|
|Prince George to Fort St. John||Friday, August 8||Sunday, August 24|
|Fort St. John to Prince George||Saturday, August 9||Tuesday, August 26|
|Valemount to Prince George||Tuesday, August 5||Tuesday, August 26|
|McBride, Valemount to Kamloops||Thursday, August 7||Thursday, August 28|
|Burns Lake to Terrace||Thursday, August 7||Thursday, August 28|
|Burns Lake to Prince George||Tuesday, August 5||Tuesday, August 26|
|Burns Lake to Prince George via Fort St. James||Wednesday, August 6||Wednesday, August 27|
|Ft Nelson to Dawson Creek||Thursday, August 7||Tuesday, August 26|
|Prince George to Mackenzie||Wednesday, August 6||Monday, August 25|
More information about the Northern Health Connections program is available through the Northern Health Connections booking centre at 1 888 647 4997, via email at NHConnections@northernhealth.ca, or you can visit them on the web.
Northern Health Connections is open to anyone who needs to travel to out-of-town healthcare appointments, regardless of their age or income, equipped with custom-fitted wheelchair accessibility.
The program offers routes connecting communities across northern B.C., along with service to Vancouver.
Fares rage from $20 – $80, depending on the length of travel.