District Approved Transportation 

Please note: these are the ONLY district approved transportation providers.  

Charter Buses


International Bus

Cost $175 /per day

​International Student Program has three 22-24 passenger mini buses.

COVID-19 protocols –  If riders are from the same cohort then bus can run at full capacity, otherwise all buses are running at half capacity. 

Class 4 driver license ​required.   Equipped with chains for Mount Washington travel, user must be knowledgeable in their application and use. Please provide reasonable notice (typically 10 business days) should you need to arrange for a different rental.  Use the link to submit a request, if there are further questions you have beyond the form please contact, christie.jeffers@sd71.bc.ca .

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Consider Public transit to access local areas.  Coordinate your trip with the bus schedule.

School Group Pass Available:  Take your whole class (including adults) on an existing bus route round trip for a flat fee of $30.  Please read and submit the attached request in full. School Group Transit Pass procedure FINAL 052019.pdf

Related imageGetting children excited about riding the bus safely is one of the keys to creating life-long skills.  The other key is education.  BC Transit has compiled a package for K-5 educators to spark kids’ imaginations and get the ‘transit conversation’ started!  Here are some activity ideas to motivate, an activity book to stimulate, and peer-to-peer video to inspire children to ride the bus.​​

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Parent/Volunteer Drivers

  • Criminal record check
  • Drivers Abstract,  photocopy of licence & insurance policy to school office-annually
  • Volunteer Driver Form & School Use of Private Vehicle Form
  • Permission of all student passenger parents
  • Booster seats – under 9yrs and over 18kg (40lbs) must be in a booster
  • List of passengers to driver and school office
  • Chains for Mount Washington travel – drivers must have knowledge of their application and use.
  • Location of excursion clearly communicated to parents and administration-trip plan submitted to office
  • Role and responsibility communicated to driver

Ambassador Transportation Company

Ambassador’s Shuttles provide luxurious and affordable ground transportation in the Comox Valley and beyond. Their professional team of drivers ensure you get to your next destination safe and on schedule.  They are flexible in their shuttle services and include transportation on gravel roads and up to Mount Washington

Apply a 15% discount to the below prices for exclusive SD71 usage:

6 passenger :  $85 /hr     OR    $550 day (10 hrs)

14 passenger:  $125/hr    OR    $750 day (10 hrs)

24 passenger:  $200 /hr   OR    $1000 day (10 hrs)

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Student Drivers

  • Within School District Boundaries
  •  Volunteer Driver Form & School Use of Private Vehicle Form
  • Drivers abstract, and copy of licence & insurance-submitted to school office
  • Permission of drivers parents
  • Permission of passenger parents
  • List of passengers and drivers to school office
  • Location of excursion clearly communicated to parents and administration-trip plan submitted to office

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40 passenger with school bus style seating, change room and washroom facilities.  Ability to tow extra gear if required and will travel on gravel roads and to Mount Washington.

Hourly: $100.00 per hour, minimum 2 hour charge. Time over the 2 hour minimum is charged per half hour increments.

Daily: $650.00 a day plus fuel. 

Gravel Road Surcharge: Charters that travel on gravel roads will have a $2.00 per kilometre distance surcharge added based on total off-pavement mileage.  This charge covers the gravel portion of travel to locations such as Bamfield and Cape Scott.

Note: 5% government GST will be added to all charter rates.

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Yellow School bus both 46 adult and 54 adult passenger capacity buses.  Pricing available on request and evaluated case by case depending on specific bus size, times and location.  Ability to travel to Mount Washington, specific bus required for travel so please put request in early to ensure its approval. Please submit requests a minimum of 3 days before travel and more if it is a special request outside of operating hours (8:45 am-2:30pm) 

Please submit requests directly to our local Comox Valley branch coordinators Dorthy Palmer (dorothy.palmer@firstgroup.com) or Roberta Mooney (robert.mooney@firstgroup.com).

Include in your requests:

  • Number and grade of passengers
  • Pick up time and location
  • Destination
  • Return time from destination

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​Variety of busing options with coach comfort for most.  Please contact directly for rates and availability.

  • 47-passenger coaches equipped with washroom, air conditioning, colour video screens and P.A. system and luggage compartments.
  • 48 – passenger coaches equipped with washroom, air conditioning, colour video screens, P.A. system, kneeler and luggage compartments.
  • 55 – passenger coaches equipped with washroom, air conditioning,  colour video screens, P.A. system, kneeler and luggage compartments.


Consider for day excursions or longer multi-day trips. They have a fleet of 3 coaches, a school bus, 2 fourteen passenger vans and a covered cargo trailer. Locally owned and operated. We offer very competitive rates and hope that you will consider us when requesting quotes for your next group transportation.

  • 56 Passenger Seating -Highway Cruiser – Washroom, Sound System & PA
  • 57 Passenger Seating – Highway Cruiser – Washroom, Sound System & PA
  • 52 Passenger Seating (Adults) – School Bus – Bench Seating, CD, Radio & Under floor storage
  • 14 passenger – Van – CD, Radio & Trailer Hitch


With over 140 vehicles in our fleet, we are confident that we have a vehicle that will suit your transportation needs. Our vehicle options include highway coaches, mini coaches, school buses and vans. You can charter a bus from us, which means we will provide a bus and driver for you, or you can rent, which means that you have an individual with a valid license that can operate the required vehicle.

  • 56 Passenger Motor Coach
  • 38 Passenger VIP Coach
  • 24 Passenger Mini Coach
  • 24 Passenger School bus
  • 48 Passenger School Bus
  • 56 Passenger School Bus
  • 14 Passenger Van