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2009 holiday parade reroutes for the weekend

The reindeer bus from Coast Mountain Bus Company! It will be in the Rogers Santa Claus Parade this Sunday, Dec. 6. (Photo by the indomitable <a href=>David Lam</a>.)

The reindeer bus from Coast Mountain Bus Company! It will be in the Rogers Santa Claus Parade this Sunday, Dec. 6. (Photo by the indomitable David Lam.)

Boy howdy, there’s a whole bunch of holiday parades coming up this weekend. And as you’ve probably guessed, the holiday spirit will mean some bus reroutes in the region, along with a lot of good cheer!

(It also looks like Santa’s got a very busy schedule this weekend :)

Check the TransLink Alerts page for the exact details on all the parades and reroutes: I’ve compiled the highlights below.

Parades on Saturday, December 5

Maple Ridge
Santa Claus Parade
Reroutes from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Routes affected: C43, C47

Langley’s Magic of Christmas Parade
Reroutes from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Routes affected: 320, 341, 501 reroutes

New Westminster
Hyack Santa Claus Parade
Reroutes from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Routes affected: 106, 112, 123

Parades on Sunday, December 6

Santa’s Torch Light Parade
Reroutes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Routes affected: C70, 320, 341

Rogers Santa Claus Parade
Reroutes from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Routes affected: 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 16, 17, 22, 50

As always, SkyTrain will provide extra trains for the Rogers Santa Claus parade in Vancouver (an easy, traffic-free way to get there and back!).

The parade starts at 1 p.m., and to get there, exit SkyTrain at either Burrard or Granville Station (both have elevators for wheelchairs and strollers), and walk to Georgia Street.

By the way, remember our group ride offer applies on Sundays and holidays! The specifics: if you have an adult FareCard, West Coast Express 28-Day Pass, or Annual Employer Transit Pass, you can take five children, or one adult and four children on transit with you for free.


  • By Matt L, December 4, 2009 @ 9:16 am

    Why is a diesel on a trolley route in that photo? That makes me sad.

    Particularly when there’s currently an excess of trolleys (and more reason for…

  • By David M, December 4, 2009 @ 12:16 pm

    Matt – you beat me to it. Please, let’s maximise the trolley use beofre putting diesels on the route.

    I’m assuming that the Santa Bus is diesel and it will run in between scheduled services on a variety of routes, not just over the trolley network. If that’s the reason, then I’m fine with it.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, December 4, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

    Matt & David:
    Sadly, I’m told the trolleys won’t be returning to Cambie. We like the trolleys just as much as you, but unfortunately the wires were removed for Canada Line construction, and the cost of putting it back up is just too high. For a rough estimate, apparently the wires at only the loop on Marine Drive cost roughly $1 million. To put them back up all the way down Cambie St is just too expensive. The Canada Line itself is still providing a great deal of emission-free travel along the Cambie corridor though!

  • By Andrew Joyce, December 5, 2009 @ 12:04 am

    Just a heads up that the Rudi-bus will be in Surrey on Sunday the 13th in the evening for the annual Variety Club Christmas Light Tour. I’m in charge of planning the tour route this year so be on the lookout for us around Guildford, Cloverdale and Newton!

  • By zack, December 5, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

    A Nova bus in Surrey? Now, that’s very rare!
    And on the trolleybus issue, why not add the new hybrids and clean-diesel buses on the #15 Cambie route as an alternative? :)

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, December 7, 2009 @ 9:03 am

    zack: The hybrids are meant to go to Vancouver eventually, since they work best on stop-start routes. I hope they do make it to the Cambie route!

  • By Scott, December 8, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

    Matt there is not an excess of trolleys. That is why diesels are used on trolleys runs.

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