About Us

Our people and our history

Something we take pride in!

About Us – 

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”
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 (B.C. Motor Transportation) expanding from Vancouver east into the Fraser Valley.

BC Ferries “Onboard” 1960  
Crosswater                 YVR Victoria Link       
B.C. Ferries 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.   Stopover service providing a link to/from YVR (Vancouver International Airport) enables both Victoria & Vancouver Island residents and visitors from the around the world easy and convenient access to “ the Island”.

1979
Pacific Coach Lines (PCL) established to guarantee essential passenger and parcel express services from Vancouver Island to the Fraser Valley.

1984
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

1990
PCL was purchased by its current owners.

2007
yvr whistler skylynx
PCL acquired an exclusive license to operate a scheduled bus service between YVR (Vancouver International Airport) and the resort village of Whistler.

2009 
Whistler Express
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.   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.