Miscellaneous Pictures


These pictures are mostly of buses seen in Ottawa over the past few years, though there are some others which simply do not fit into any of the other categories.


All photos are by the webmaster unless stated otherwise.



Autobus Galland 73, which was a GM S8H-5304A, is shown waiting at a red light on Wellington Street with OC Transpo 1765, a former Santa Monica T8H-5307A.  Autobus Galland is a Laval-based charter company which once operated a fleet of GM New Look Suburbans.  In this photo, the difference between the 102” wide transit bus and the 96” wide suburban coach is obvious.  This photo was taken on June 4, 1999.


Seneca College 7506 is a 1975 GM P8M-4905A, sometimes called a “buffalo coach” because the stepped roof resembles the hump on the back of a buffalo.  This photo was taken on Feb. 20, 1999, at the Rideau Centre in downtown Ottawa.  Seneca College is a college of applied arts and technology in northern Toronto.


Yellowknife Transit is the only transit system in the Northwest Territories, providing the 19,000 residents of the territorial capital with two routes during the week and a one on weekends.  2485 is a Thomas Transit-Liner, shown on a cool day in May 2005. (Photo by Chris J.)



Superior Shuttle Hi-Tech bus 123 is shown parked in the company lot on Terminal Avenue in Ottawa on May 22, 2005.  This bus is a late-model BIA 01.508 with an enlarged headsign window and fibreglass air-conditioner cover, originally sold to PACE in suburban Chicago, Illinois.


Regina Transit 554 is a 1989 MCI TC-40102N.  Regina Transit serves the capital of Saskatchewan and its 195,000 residents with a fleet of 100 buses, including GM New Look, GM and MCI Classic, New Flyer D40LF, Dennis Dart and NovaBus LFS buses.  (Photo by Trevor H.)




This bus is an Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 demonstrator, shown on Lisgar Street near Ottawa City Hall on April 19, 2006.  Ottawa is evaluating the practicality of using double-decker buses in all sorts of driving conditions.  Most recently, this bus was tested in winter weather for two weeks in February 2007.  OC Transpo then ordered three for a year-long pilot project, which were delivered in November 2008 for service starting in early 2009.  GO Transit in Toronto also placed several into service in 2008.


This El Dorado EZ-Rider MAX demonstrator is shown parked OC Transpo’s St. Laurent garage on June 24, 2008.  OC Transpo was testing this bus and a Glaval minibus to evaluate the use of light-duty buses on low-ridership routes.




This NovaBus LFS was purchased by the Ottawa Paramedic Service for use as a mobile rehabilitation and emergency services unit and is often stationed at major public events or foreign dignitary arrivals.  This unit has also been used at major fires in the city.  Having a Paramedic fleet number of 4320 and a City of Ottawa fleet number of 56-1000, it is shown parked at Confederation Square in downtown Ottawa on Canada Day, July 1st, 2008.


Ottawa Paramedic Rehab Unit 4320 was seen again at Confederation Square on July 1st, 2011.




Concordia University 111 is a 1994 New Flyer D40LF, one of two owned by the university for use between the Sir George Williams campus on Maisonneuve Blvd. West in downtown Montreal and Loyola College on Sherbrooke Street West.  These two buses were originally owned by MARTA in Atlanta, Georgia, and 111 is shown waiting for passengers in downtown Montreal on February 12, 2010.


1043 is a 2001 Orion VII hybrid demonstrator, currently stored a Conestoga College in Guelph.  This bus was one of the first Orion VII buses built and does not feature the tilted driver-side windshield that the production buses had.  It was built to New York City specs and was tested by a number of cities including Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa and Washington, DC.  This photo was taken during the summer of 2011.  (Photo by Drew Aikman)


This antique bus was spotted parked at a stall at Ottawa’s Super Ex in August 2010.  Super Ex, also known as the Central Canada Exhibition, is an annual fair held during the last week of August dating back to 1888, and until 2010 the fair was held at Lansdowne Park in the Glebe.


Lady Dive Tours operates sightseeing tours of Ottawa and Gatineau using a fleet of British-built double decker buses, mostly second-hand London Transport buses but also two open-top Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 buses purchased new in 2012.  Lady Dive Tours also operates an amphibus that provides an on-the-road tour of downtown Ottawa and Gatineau, and then drives into the Ottawa River for a boat tour!  In this photo, one of the Enviro 400 buses is seen on Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill on July 30, 2012.


This Lady Dive Enviro 400 was spotted at Confederation Square in downtown Ottawa on July 30, 2012.  This bus is shown wrapped in an ad for the War of 1812 exhibit being hosted at the time at the Canadian War Museum.  The Enviro 400 is offered only in an open-top version in North America, though the closed-top version is in service in Ireland and Hong Kong, and is widely used throughout Great Britain, being a common sight in the streets of London.


This Lady Dive bus was spotted again at Confederation Square on October 12, 2013.  By this time, the wrap on the bus had been changed to one for the Canadian Children’s Museum, located within the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec.  The wrap depicts a highly decorated bus from Pakistan, one of the most popular exhibits at the museum.


Coach Canada 4975 is a 2004 NovaBus LFS, originally used by Transport of Rockland, a Coach USA-run transit service near New York City.  Shown being used as a Megabus shuttle, this bus was spotted while waiting to enter service on rue St-Jacques in downtown Montreal on August 6, 2012.


GO Transit ordered eight Orion V suburban buses in 2000 and kept them in service until 2009, offering them for sale to other bus companies after retirement.  One of these buses was spotted running for a Niagara Falls tour company, and is shown on Clifton Hill on Sept. 4, 2012.