Cruise the years with Pacific Coach Lines

Photo of Pacific Coach Lines Motor Coach Operator Dale Snider and VO's Anja Konjicanin by Janel Johnson

Since the early 1920’s, Pacific Coach Lines and its predecessor companies have made a significant contribution to the development of inter-city passenger and freight services in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island regions of British Columbia.

“The Early Years”

Pacific Stage Lines photo courtesy of

The company founded in 1922 was known primarily as Pacific Stage Lines, with Ivor Neil (1922) at the helm.

The company was purchased by BC Electric Rail Company in 1932 (BC Motor Transportation) expanding from Vancouver east into the Fraser Valley.

Photo courtesy of Pacific Coach Lines

BC Ferries “Onboard” 1960

Photo courtesy of BC Ferries

BC Ferries was established as a Crown Corporation by then premier, W.A.C. Bennett, to provide passenger and freight vehicle services between Vancouver Island and the Mainland. Pacific Stage Lines and Vancouver Island Coach Lines pooled their fleets to service the Royal Victorian connection between the capital city, Victoria and Vancouver on the mainland providing “downtown to downtown” CrossWater service. Service providing a link to/from YVR (Vancouver International Airport) via our YVR Victoria Link schedule enables both Victoria & Vancouver Island residents and visitors from the around the world easy and convenient access to  the Island.


Pacific Coach Lines (PCL) established to guarantee essential passenger and parcel express services from Vancouver Island to the Fraser Valley.


PCL was purchased by a number of its employees and experienced tremendous growth during Expo ’86 in Vancouver. In addition to operating the “Cross-Water” service between Victoria and Vancouver, the company expanded into charter and sightseeing tour products.

Photo courtesy of Pacific Coach Lines


PCL was purchased by its current owners.


PCL acquired an exclusive license to operate a scheduled bus service between YVR (Vancouver International Airport) and the resort village of Whistler.

Photo courtesy of Go Whistler


Photo courtesy of Pacific Coach Lines

PCL acquired a new license to operate a scheduled bus service between downtown Vancouver and the resort village of Whistler.

We are proud of the role we have played in the development of tourism to Victoria and Vancouver Island. The addition of the YVR to/from Whistler route in late 2007 was an appropriate and timely fit for PCL as the region prepared to host the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The growth between the lower mainland of Vancouver and travel to/from Whistler continues to be noteworthy.

Whistler, a true four season destination provides delightful experiences for all ages and interests be they outdoors or cultural; fall, winter, spring or summer activities abound.

Our capital city, Victoria remains a wonderful “getaway” for lower mainland residents, hosting tourists from around the world in the summer months.  We believe that “getting there” is half the fun as included in PCL transportation in BC Ferry fare – where else in the world can you experience a 95 minute cruise of such high caliber traversing through the Gulf Islands with outstanding scenery throughout “the journey”.

Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria

Our year-round products and services, with frequent daily schedules are planned to better serve the people of British Columbia and visitors to our region from around the world. We wish to thank the over 500,000 passengers we carry annually and look forward to the return of many, and, of welcoming new PCL customers for years to come.

Photo courtesy of Pacific Coach Lines

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