A Destination Osoyoos relocation this month to the corner of Hwys. 3 and 97 has brought about a move of another sort.
Greyhound Canada is moving its Osoyoos depot to Nk’Mip Corner from the former Destination BC building — bringing back its packaging service with the change.
“As of the end of October, Destination BC is no longer in the facility and Destination Osoyoos will be taking it over,” explained Kevin Cluett, Greyhound’s Passenger Services Manager for Southern BC. “Even though that was a good location, we had to move.”
The service change, he added, was required in the short-term because Destination Osoyoos was planning some renovations and, for liability reasons, couldn’t have Greyhound buses on the property.
That brought some quick action on the part of the Osoyoos Indian Band, which owns and operates the Nk’Mip Corner gas station and convenience store.
An offer was made to house both the passenger depot and return Greyhound’s Pacakage Express service to the community, an offer Greyhound quickly accepted.
The Nk’Mip location is optimal for Greyhound and will be good for passengers, Mr. Cluett said.
“You’ve got a place to sit, you can buy food, a beverage and you can walk down the other end (of the store) and buy trinkets,” he said.
The Nk’Mip location will allow Greyhound to extend its hours — the new location will be open to collect packages and parcels and sell tickets from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week — and provide a space for travellers to comfortably sit while they’re waiting on a bus.
Nk’Mip will also provide ticketing services for other Greyhound collection points, including Keremeos and Rock Creek.
“You can buy a ticket in Osoyoos, get a ride to Keremeos or Rock Creek and get on the bus there,” Mr. Cluett said.
If there’s a drawback to the change in depot location, it’s the nominal additional distance riders will have to travel to get to Downtown Osoyoos.
From the Destination BC building to Gyro Park is a 17-minute walk of about 1.2 km, Google Maps suggests. It’s 2.4 km or 31 minutes from Nk’Mip Corner.
“Everybody’s going to be happy here (on the east side of Osoyoos); everybody (on the other side of town) isn’t going to be as happy,” said Mr. Cluett. “If you have to walk somewhere, yes, I guess it is further. But there is taxi service in Osoyoos.
“Whenever I do a move in a community, big or small, you get that.”
Greyhound’s service to Osoyoos arrives from Kelowna (with stops along Hwy. 97) at 8:45 Mondays to Thursdays. On Friday through Sunday, the bus arrives at 2:15 p.m.
Buses depart Osoyoos one hour after arrival, returning back the way they came.