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VANCOUVER BUSES - A Game for Children.

I only have the board itself. This was passed on to me by a fellow TRAMS (Transit Museum Society of Vancouver) member who had been hanging on to it in his basement. It was originally in the hands of another TRAMS member who had passed away in recent years.


THE BUZZER (Friday, February 15, 1974) - "Buses always have been a serious matter when transportation is involved, but now they are the subject of an exciting game for children. The game is called 'Vancouver Buses'. It was designed as a teaching aid for VEEP which is an organization comprised of UBC's Faculty of Education and the schools of Vancouver working with the BC Teacher's Federation. Assisted by a LIP grant of $20,000, of educational material related to the Vancouver environment.


'Vancouver Buses' is a board game which takes contestants on an imaginary trip from Kootenay Loop through downtown Vancouver to UBC and circling back to Kootenay Loop.


The route is divided into coloured squares keyed to a stack of cards which come with the game and players throw dice to proceed along the route.


There are plenty of hazards such as trolley poles coming off wires, road repairs and going to sleep on the bus which delay the trip, and transfer squares which move players more rapidly.


BC Hydro Transportation Division's Engineer-in-Training Barry Sanford assisted in the development of the game. It is on sale through the BC Teacher's Federation at 2235 Burrard Street (corner of west 8th Avenue) for $3.00"

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Taken on April 16, 2012