Travel Assistance Program

The Travel Assistance Program (TAP) helps alleviate some of the transportation costs for eligible B.C. residents who must travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available in their own community.

BC Ferry Corporation Full discount for patient, escort (if approved by referring physician) and regular passenger car fare (those traveling in over height and extra length vehicles, including recreational vehicles and trailers, are required to pay the difference between regular and assessed fare for their vehicle).
For TAP patients travelling on BC Ferries, please note that patients must return to their home community via the same BC Ferries route that they used to attend the specialist appointment or specialty medical service.

Pacific Coastal Airlines Special medical fares (approx. 30 per cent discount off regular full fare) can be purchased any time before scheduled flight departure with immediate credit card payment. Fares are fully refundable with no change or cancellation fees. Point-to-point flights to/from Vancouver and Powell River. For more information, call 1 800 663-2872.

Angel Flight Provides free air transport for cancer patients whose medical conditions make it difficult or impossible for them to travel by conventional means, to and from hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices and other medical facilities on the lower mainland and points on Vancouver Island. For more information, call 1 250 818-0288 or email
Angel Flight is an entirely voluntary organization with no paid employees and needs advance notice to take time away from work to operate Angel Flights. As such the more notice that we can be given improves the chances of Angel Flight being able to provide services.

Wheels for Wellness Society will pick up Powell River residents at the Little River ferry terminal, for the 9:15 arrival Tuesdays and Thursdays only, for transportation to the Campbell River hospital and return for the 3:15 sailing. Wheels for Wellness requires advanced notice in order to book a driver and vehicle. Two weeks is normal, but short notice may be attainable in most circumstances.

Email at or call 1 250-338-0196.

Freemasons of British Columbia: Provide rides for people with cancer who have no other means of transportation. They will arrange to pick up patients from the airport, ferry terminal or bus depot and take them to the Cancer Lodge or other accommodation near the Cancer clinic, at no cost to the patient. Those wishing information on transportation to the various treatment centres should call one of the following telephone numbers:

Greater Vancouver: 1-800-663-2524

Comox Valley: 1 250-338-5454

HandyDart service is available throughout the Powell River region by phoning for a scheduled stop. One day notice is requested.
Cost is the same as bus fare. Wheelchair lift available.

Phone: 604-483-2008

This page updated January 25, 2015.



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