Limited phone reception on Circle Route

Telus officials are cautioning folks that cellphone reception could be poor between Lake Cowichan and Port Renfrew.

Telus officials are cautioning folks traveling the Pacific Marine Circle Route that cellphone reception could be poor between Lake Cowichan and Port Renfrew.

“The public should be aware that while we are investing billions of dollars in new service across B.C., not all rural highways have wireless coverage,” said Telus’ Shawn Hall.

However, those communication gaps could be closed moving forward, he signalled.

“We have no current plans to add additional wireless coverage along this very rural road, but will keep it in mind as we plan in future years.”

Hall and B.C.’s paramedics brass reinforced statements made in a recent article on poor circle-route reception: that despite personal cell phone gaps, ambulance communications are reliable.

“Emergency officials have access to radio systems and satellite radios not dependent on our wireless network, and will continue to use them, just as they do in other rural areas without wireless service,” Hall said, recommending GPS systems for back-country adventures.

Peter Rusland

Black Press