Grateful passengers were lining up last week to take advantage of free bus rides transporting them to Seton Lake and its cold, refreshing waters.
The Bridge River-Lillooet Community Link Bus service returned to the roads July 9, coinciding with the arrival of hot summer weather.
The bus is sponsored by Xwisten (Bridge River Band), Xwisten Experience Tours, the Lillooet and District Chamber of Commerce, the Seton Lake Band and the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District. It offers hop on/hop off any stop service Monday to Saturday starting at 9:10 a.m. and running until the last bus at 7:45 p.m. Wheelchair access is available. The service will run throughout the summer until Sept. 1.
Coordinator Florence Jack said the bus is designed to serve residents of local communities and to provide easy access for visitors to area attractions.
She added that Xwisten Experience Tours has extended its hours for July and August to 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. This was to accommodate any overnight visitors to Lillooet and to offer a tour when the sun is down at the site.
?So if you have any tourists or visitors that are in town for the night and are looking for an activity, they can catch the bus to the tour site to arrive at 5:45 pm for a two-hour Fishing Rock Tour with a barbecue salmon meal and the bus will return them to town at 7:45 p.m.,? she said.
Stops include the Bridge River Band Office, the Bridge River main village, Bridge River Orchard Springs Subdivisions 1 and 2, Xwisten Experience Tours, Taylor Road and Homestead Roads on the Hop Farm, Buy Low Foods, Lillooet Friendship Centre, Post Office/Farmers Market, Lillooet News/REC Centre, Retasket Lodge, the CN Rail station, Lightfoot Gas, Seton Lake, the BC Hydro Campground, Cayoosh Campground, Fraser Cove Campground, Fort Berens Estate Winery and 12th Avenue (the lot across from the Reynolds Hotel/Gospel Chapel).
For a complete schedule, please see the ad in this week?s paper.