November 29, 1929
Canadian Greyhound Coaches Ltd., B.C. is incorporated, founded by George Fay and
Speed Olson, with help from Barney Olson. The first routes ran from Nelson to Trail,
Kaslo and Nakusp. The initial fleet was four buses and some seven-passenger touring
Greyhound sets up shop in Calgary's Southam Building, formerly occupied by Black's
Jewellers. Decorated with crystal chandeliers and teak panelling, the terminal was
considered one of the most outstanding in North America.
George Fay and engineer H. K. "Pat" Williams develop the first steel bus, No. 25,
known as "Two-bits." This steel frame bus with riveted heavy steel siding was revolutionary
compared to other buses of the time with wooden frames and roof bows covered with
canvas or light metal siding.
The company is sold to the Greyhound Corporation in the United States and renamed
as Western Canadian Greyhound Lines, Ltd.
1942 - 1944
Greyhound provides wartime service for the North West Service Command during the
building of the Alcan highway between Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and Fairbanks,
Greyhound purchases a controlling interest in Motor Coach Industries (MCI), formerly
called the Fort Garry Motor Body Company.
First use of famous Greyhound slogan, "Go Greyhound ... and leave the driving to
Greyhound begins providing reduced fares to members of the Canadian National Institute
for the Blind, their escorts and service animals.
George Fay retires after 27 years as president and is replaced by Bob Borden.
Greyhound now has full control of Motor Coach Industries (MCI).
Greyhound Lines of Canada is incorporated. The new company unites the Western Canadian
Greyhound and Eastern Canadian Greyhound subsidiaries of the U.S.-based Greyhound
Corporation, creating a truly "national" organization.
Greyhound opens "Greyhound Travel Bureaus" equipped with brochures.
Greyhound introduces through schedules from Vancouver to Toronto following the completion
of the Trans Canada Highway.
Greyhound begins a short-lived, capital-intensive diversification strategy by incorporating
subsidiary Boothe Leasing.
Greyhound launches the "$99 Grand Circle Tour." Canadians travelled along the Trans-Canada
Highway and then south to the United States, stopping in Los Angeles, New Orleans,
Miami and New York.
Greyhound buys out long-standing rival Brewster Transport.
Greyhound offers special charters to Expo 67 in Montreal.
Greyhound purchases northern operator Canadian Coachways.
After 62 days of hearings the Ontario Highway Transport Board grants Greyhound the
right to run a service over the Sudbury-Toronto route.
Greyhound celebrates its 50th anniversary. The company is acknowledged as Canada's
largest bus line by route miles, geographic area and revenues.
Bob Borden retires after 23 years as president and is replaced by Jim Knight.
Greyhound breaks ground on the new Calgary terminal.
Greyhound is the transportation provider for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
Dick Huisman replaces Jim Knight as president.
Greyhound invests $14 million to improve its facilities, equipment and service,
and purchases 19 Kenworth "high cube" tractor-trailers to handle courier express
overflow on major routes.
Greyhound purchases Gray Coach Lines, former TTC subsidiary, from Stagecoach Holdings.
Greyhound transfers control of Motor Coach Industries to its parent.
Greyhound begins using pup trailers to ship parcels via Greyhound Courier Express.
Today our fleet of 93 pup trailers operates from B.C. to Quebec.
Greyhound, VIA Rail and CNR open the restored, historic Vancouver Pacific Central
Greyhound purchases key Ottawa and Toronto routes from Voyageur Colonial Ltd.
Greyhound introduces wheelchair-accessible coaches and partners in developing the
Intercity Bus Code of Practice, which sets out best practices for providing services
in a safe and dignified manner to travelers with disabilities.
Greyhound Lines of Canada restructures into two companies: Brewster and Greyhound
Canada Transportation Corp. (GCTC).
Greyhound Air begins service to eight major cities, including Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton,
Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna and Vancouver.
Laidlaw, Inc. purchases Greyhound Canada Transportation Corp. As a condition of
the purchase, Greyhound Air ceases operations on September 21, 1997.
Greyhound purchases Voyageur Colonial.
Roger Pike becomes Senior Vice President, Operations.
The Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons gives Greyhound the Corporate
National Transportation Week selects Greyhound to receive an Award of Achievement
for its contributions to accessibility.
Greyhound signs historic agreement with the National Express Group in Beijing, China
to develop bus transportation in China.
Dave Leach succeeds Roger Pike as Senior Vice President, Canada.
The new Coquitlam, B.C. terminal receives an Accessibility Award from Coquitlam
Mayor Jon D.H. Kingsbury's Committee for People with Disabilities.
Greyhound celebrates its 75th anniversary.