(July 20, 2016)
When the last Beaver Bus went by my house on June 30, it had a hand-made sign attached to the back that thanked Selkirk for 68 years.
That’s a long time for the wheels on any bus to go ’round and ’round.
Beaver Bus Lines ended its run between Winnipeg and Selkirk with about as little fuss and fanfare as it had always demonstrated driving through every kind of weather Manitoba throws at us.
Forty years ago, that bus made it possible for me to live at home and go to university — just as it made the same thing possible for my own kids. Even when we drove to the city, in bad weather (or when the car packed it in), we always had the option of “catching the Beaver.”
You could pretty much set your watch by it, regardless of the time of day or road conditions. When the Beaver Bus was late, there was a problem somewhere — and when weather took the bus off the road, everyone with any judgment at all stayed home and waited until the roads were plowed.