Pope Francis arrived in Edmonton on July 23rd for an important and historic visit to Canada. A large contingent of SOUTHLAND Transportation, Cold Lake Bus Lines, Prairie Bus Lines, and Diversified Transportation Ltd. drivers were dispatched to serve the transportation needs of thousands of Canadians who wanted to be a part of the first Papal visit in over 20 years.

In all, 126 drivers and 18 site supervisors from across Northern and Southern Alberta were involved in the significant operation.

On July 24th, Pope Francis met with Indigenous peoples at the former Ermineskin Residential School in Maskwacis, Alberta and our Diversified motorcoaches provided private transportation for elders, RCMP, and Military Police attending the event. Meanwhile, our other participating companies were on standby at park-and-ride areas to transport the general public. The next day, our drivers were sent to transport those attending the pilgrimage to the site of Lac Ste. Anne and the Liturgy of the Word.

The impressive two-day mobilization of drivers was a testament to the incredible organizational and leadership skills of our people at Pacific Western Transportation Ltd.

Check out this slideshow of photos from the momentous occasion! #PapalVisit #PopeFrancis #SafelyHome