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Facility closures, bus service changes this holiday season in Campbell River

With the holiday season now underway, the City of Campbell River says closures and service changes abound.

BC Transit Bus Service: 

No bus service is available locally on Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1. As well, in alignment with provincial public health guidance, the annual Christmas Lights tour is cancelled.

The city says that the extended bus service on New Year’s Eve will not be offered this year, with Dec. 31 bus service set to run according to the regular Friday schedule. 

COVID-19 safety precautions are in place to reduce the risks on buses, including the mandatory use of face coverings.

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For more information, including COVID-19 safety measures, visit BC Transit’s website.

Garbage and Recycling Collection: 

Curbside collection dates won’t change over the holidays, the city notes. That’s because the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year statutory holidays fall on weekends this year. 

As in past years, Emterra will collect an additional garbage container at no charge from Dec. 27 to Dec. 31, with unlimited amounts of recycling accepted. 

“This holiday season, please remember that foil or plastic wrap, styrofoam, ribbons and bows, padded envelopes, electronics, lights, toys and batteries are not accepted for curbside recycling,” the city says.

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Find more information at or the CR Recycles App.

Holiday Facility Closures:

According to the city, the Sportsplex will close early at 4:30 pm on Dec. 24 and 31. It will be closed fully on Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1, but open from 9 am to 4 pm on Dec. 27 and 28, and Jan. 2 and 3. 

Meanwhile, the Community Centre, City Hall, Dogwood Operations and Downtown Safety Office will be closed on Dec. 27, 28 and Jan. 3. The last of which will close early at 4:30 pm on Dec. 24.

Christmas Tree Chipping: 

Drive-thru style, local firefighters will offer Christmas tree chipping on Sunday, Jan. 2, at the lower Sportsplex parking lot between 10 am and 4 pm.

This service is by donation to support the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund and local charities, the city explains, with tree chips composted and COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

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