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Transport

Most people feel a car is necessary for living in the Kootenay/Boundary because of the100 kilometre distances between community centres. Dense populations of deer live here and conditions can make driving in the Kootenay both a pleasure and an adventure. The main routes in and out of the communities are usually high-speed single lane highways alerting drivers with warning signs of deer and wildlife and with passing lanes through the mountain passes.

How it works:

The main centres of Nelson, Trail and Castlegar have public transportation infrastructure systems with a user-call-reserve and pay Handy Dart transportation system serving Grand Forks and the regional districts. Traveling between communities without owning an automobile can be a challenge if using public transportation with the Greyhound bus line providing one trip a day after business hours, making it necessary to overnight in some instances.

If you arrive with a driver licence, it is worth consideration to rent a car when you first arrive, usually one to two weeks will give you time to look at options of buying a new or used vehicle, leasing a vehicle or moving into a home on public transportation within walking distance to work and shopping.

If you purchase a car, you must also purchase car insurance before you can drive it. All motorists in BC need to carry automobile insurance to drive a vehicle. Driver's licences and insurance are provided through the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia's (ICBC).

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What you need to apply

To rent a car:
Drivers' licence
Credit card
Passport

Note if there is no English on your document then approved ICBC translation is needed:
Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC 
www.stibc.org 
604-684-2940

See 'transportation' in your Community Directory for contact details.