November 2 marked the start of a new bus service through Slave Lake to Edmonton. It’s called Horizon Bus Lines and is the project of a couple from Faust.
“It’s a passenger bus with 56 seats,” says Dean Gaydar, with Horizon. “But with COVID, seating will be about 32.”
The plan is three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), loading will commence about 7:30 a.m. in High Prairie. Gaydar figures to arrive in Slave Lake – at the Sawridge Travel Centre – at 9:30. With a stop in Westlock, the bus will then go to River Cree Casino and finally to the West Edmonton Mall.
A return trip follows, arriving at Slave Lake at 5:30 p.m. and finishing at High Prairie at 7:30 p.m.
Slave Lake to West Edmonton Mall is $89 ($10 less for the second person in a pair) for adults and $29 for kids 13 and under.
Gaydar says those are the scheduled stops. Others can be added as needed. So if somebody wants to hop on (or off) in Faust, or Canyon Creek, for example, that can be arranged.
“We’re pushing for pre-booking,” he says. This can be done online, at ridehorizon.ca.
Depending how it goes, the operators might add Saturday runs to the casino near Whitecourt – there in the morning and back the same night. It would go from High Prairie one Saturday and Slave Lake the next.
“Once we’re established,” Gaydar says.
In other bus news, Northern Express, which suspended its run from High Level to Edmonton back in March, hopes to resume operations this month. Its website last week said the tentative relaunch date was Nov. 12.