West Coast Driver Training Will Be Increasing Its Class 5 & 7 Lesson Prices On 15 April 2024

West Coast Driver Training has maintained its current lesson prices since 2020 but, unfortunately, due to rising fuel and insurance prices, along with rising prices generally over the few years, West Coast Driver Training will be raising its Class 5 and Class 7 lesson prices on 15 April 2024.

Over the last four years we have made every effort to avoid raising our lesson prices but, unfortunately, we see no alternative to raising our lesson prices.

Most other Driving Schools in Victoria, Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley have already raised their prices and charge higher lesson prices than we do. For comparison purposes, here are the current lesson prices for selected Driving Schools in Victoria, Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley, listed in descending order of prices – highest prices at the top of each list and then in descending order of pricing:

Cowichan Valley

The Confident Driver – 90 minute lesson – $200.00 ; Road Test Package – $309.52
Isle Drive Driving School – 90 minute lesson – $161.90 ; Road Test Package – $209.50
Summit Driving Academy – 90 minute lesson – $160.00 ; Road Test Package – $200.00
Safe Harbours Driving School – 90 minute lesson – $150.00 ; Road Test Package – $200.00
CV Driving Academy – 90 minute lesson – $150.00 ; Road Test Package – $190.00
Changing Lanes Driver’s Education – 90 minute lesson – $145.00 ; Road Test Package – $200.00
West Coast Driver Training – 90 minute lesson – $130.00 ; Road Test Package – $135.00
1st Choice Driving Academy – 90 minute lesson – $120.00 ; Road Test Package – $185.00

Nanaimo

DriveWise – 90 minute lesson – $160.00 ; Road Test Package – $150.00
Changing Lanes Driver’s Education – 90 minute lesson – $145.00 ; Road Test Package – $200.00
Vancouver Island Driving School – 90 minute lesson – $135.00 ; Road Test Package – $175.00
West Coast Driver Training – 90 minute lesson – $130.00 ; Road Test Package – $135.00
All Gears Driving School – 90 minute lesson – $120.00 ; Road Test Package – $140.00
Streetwise Driving School – 90 minute lesson – $90.00 ; Road Test Package – $150.00

Victoria

Joan Wallace Driving School – – 90 minute lesson – $187.50 ;
DriveWise – 90 minute lesson – $160.00 ; Road Test Package – $150.00
Changing Lanes Driver’s Education – 90 minute lesson – $145.00 ; Road Test Package – $200.00
West Coast Driver Training – 90 minute lesson – $130.00 ; Road Test Package – $135.00

So on 15 April 2024, West Coast Driver Training will be increasing its Class 5 and Class 7 lesson prices from $130.00 (before GST) for a 90 minute lesson to $145.00 (before GST) for for a 90 minute lesson.

If you are thinking of booking driving lessons, please do so before 15 April 2024 to ensure getting our current pricing.

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West Coast Driver Training Will Be Offering An Air Brakes Course In Nanaimo On 4-5 May 2024

We have heard that Air Brake Courses in Victoria are fully booked until the end of May 2024 so West Coast Driver Training will be offering an Air Brakes Course in Nanaimo on:

  • 4-5 May 2024, 9 am to 5 pm, at the Morpeth Masonic Hall,  620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. Cost is $225.00 + GST = $236.25 / person.
  • Click here or see below on this page for a map showing the location of the Morpeth Masonic Hall,  620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • To sign up or to get more information, call/text West Coast Driver Training at 250-732-8093 or by email at mark@westcoastdrivertraining.com.
  • On the second day of the course we typically finish by 1 p.m.
  • Come to the side door of the building. Bring a pen to take notes. A Course Manual will be provided. Bring a lunch if you wish. There will be a one hour lunch break in case you need to drive somewhere to get lunch.
Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. We rent this venue for Air Brakes Courses in Nanaimo.
Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. We rent this venue for Air Brakes Courses in Nanaimo.
Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. We rent this venue for Air Brakes Courses in Nanaimo.
Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. We rent this venue for Air Brakes Courses in Nanaimo.

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Lorne Bunyan Will Now Be Teaching For West Coast Driver Training On Salt Spring Island

Lorne Bunyan, who used to own and operate Cornerstone Driving School on Salt Spring Island, will now be teaching for West Coast Driver Training on Salt Spring Island.

Lorne Bunyan well known on Salt Spring Island. He is licensed by ICBC to teach Class 2, 4, 5 and 7.

Lorne Bunyan will be arranging his own teaching schedule and he can be contacted by phone or text at (250)732-4735. Lorne can also be contacted by email at lorne@westcoastdrivertraining.com.

West Coast Driver Training has put its 2018 Toyota Corolla on Salt Spring Island for Lorne Bunyan to use in providing driving lessons for Salt Spring Island clients.

Our 2018 Toyota Corolla in front of the Third Wave Coffee Company near the Crofton ferry (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our 2018 Toyota Corolla in front of the Third Wave Coffee Company near the Crofton ferry (photo: West Coast Driver Training)

Our plan is that Lorne Bunyan can offer introductory driving lessons to new drivers on Salt Spring Island and then Mark Anderson, the owner and Chief Instructor of West Coast Driver Training, can offer subsequent lessons for Salt Spring Island clients in Duncan or Nanaimo, where they will encounter traffic lights and other road conditions not found on Salt Spring Island.

We typically meet Salt Spring Island clients at the BC Ferries terminal in Crofton.

We can pick up clients at the Crofton Ferry and drop them at the Crofton Ferry afterwards. But with the travel time between the Crofton Ferry and Duncan we recommend that Salt Spring Island clients consider doing 2 hour, 2.5 hour or 3 hour lessons rather than our usual 90 minute lessons.

Our lessons are typically 90 minutes. With a 90 minute lesson starting in Crofton, a significant portion of the lesson time is consumed by travel time between the Crofton Ferry and Duncan and back again. A longer lesson time gives the student driver more time in Duncan doing traffic lights and other driving conditions not encountered on Salt Spring Island. We can provide pricing on lessons that are longer than our standard 90 minute lessons.

As one example, a 2.5 hour lesson between 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., between the 8:40 am arrival in Crofton and the 11:25 a.m. departure from Crofton, would be $216.66 plus GST, or $227.50. This currently seems to be the most popular time for Salt Spring Island clients.

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West Coast Driver Training Will Be Offering An Air Brakes Course In Nanaimo On 6-7 April 2024

We have heard that Air Brake Courses in Victoria and Nanaimo are fully booked until the end of April 2024 so West Coast Driver Training will be offering an Air Brakes Course in Nanaimo on:

  • 6-7 April 2024, 9 am to 5 pm, at the Morpeth Masonic Hall,  620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. Cost is $225.00 + GST = $236.25 / person.
  • Click here or see below on this page for a map showing the location of the Morpeth Masonic Hall,  620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • To sign up or to get more information, call/text West Coast Driver Training at 250-732-8093 or by email at mark@westcoastdrivertraining.com.
  • On the second day of the course we typically finish by 1 p.m.
  • Come to the side door of the building. Bring a pen to take notes. A Course Manual will be provided. Bring a lunch if you wish. There will be a one hour lunch break in case you need to drive somewhere to get lunch.
Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. We rent this venue for Air Brakes Courses in Nanaimo.
Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. We rent this venue for Air Brakes Courses in Nanaimo.
Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. We rent this venue for Air Brakes Courses in Nanaimo.
Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. We rent this venue for Air Brakes Courses in Nanaimo.

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Our 2016 Mack Pinnacle Has Had Our Corporate Decals Applied At Mark’s Instant Sign Shop

Our 2016 Mack Pinnacle has had our corporate decals applied at Mark’s Instant Sign Shop in Duncan.

Our 2016 Mack Pinnacle at Mark's Instant Sign Shop after having our corporate decals applied, February 2024 [photo: West Coast Driver Training]
Our 2016 Mack Pinnacle at Mark’s Instant Sign Shop after having our corporate decals applied, February 2024 [photo: West Coast Driver Training]
Our 2016 Mack Pinnacle at Mark's Instant Sign Shop after having our corporate decals applied, February 2024 [photo: West Coast Driver Training]
Our 2016 Mack Pinnacle at Mark’s Instant Sign Shop after having our corporate decals applied, February 2024 [photo: West Coast Driver Training]
Our 2016 Mack Pinnacle at Mark's Instant Sign Shop after having our corporate decals applied, February 2024 [photo: West Coast Driver Training]
Our 2016 Mack Pinnacle at Mark’s Instant Sign Shop after having our corporate decals applied, February 2024 [photo: West Coast Driver Training]
Our 2016 Mack Pinnacle at Mark's Instant Sign Shop after having our corporate decals applied, February 2024 [photo: West Coast Driver Training]
Our 2016 Mack Pinnacle at Mark’s Instant Sign Shop after having our corporate decals applied, February 2024 [photo: West Coast Driver Training]
Mark’s Instant Sign Shop has done the decals on all our vehicles. It is one of our Recommended Businesses and we have no hesitation in recommending Mark’s Instant Sign Shop.

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West Coast Driver Training Will Be Offering An Air Brakes Course In Ladysmith On 16-17 March 2024

We have heard that Air Brake Courses in Victoria and Nanaimo are fully booked until the end of April 2024 so West Coast Driver Training will be offering an Air Brakes Course in Ladysmith on:

  • 16-17 March 2024, 9 am to 5 pm, at the St. John’s Masonic Lodge Hall,  26 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith, B.C. Cost is $225.00 + GST = $236.25 / person.
  • Click here or see below on this page for a map showing the location of the St. John’s Masonic Lodge Hall,  26 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith, B.C.
  • To sign up or to get more information, call/text West Coast Driver Training at 250-732-8093 or by email at mark@westcoastdrivertraining.com.
  • On the second day of the course we typically finish by 1 p.m.
  • Come to the side door of the building. Bring a pen to take notes. A Course Manual will be provided. Bring a lunch if you wish. There will be a one hour lunch break in case you need to drive somewhere to get lunch.
The St. John's Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in downtown Ladysmith. West Coast Driver Training sometimes rents space in this building for Air Brakes Courses.
The St. John’s Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in downtown Ladysmith. West Coast Driver Training sometimes rents space in this building for Air Brakes Courses.
The St. John's Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in downtown Ladysmith. West Coast Driver Training sometimes rents space in this building for Air Brakes Courses.
The St. John’s Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in downtown Ladysmith. West Coast Driver Training sometimes rents space in this building for Air Brakes Courses.

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West Coast Driver Training Will Be Offering An Air Brakes Course In Ladysmith On 10-11 February 2024

We have heard that Air Brake Courses in Victoria and Nanaimo are fully booked until the end of April 2024 so West Coast Driver Training will be offering an Air Brakes Course in Ladysmith on:

  • 10-11 February 2024, 9 am to 5 pm, at the St. John’s Masonic Lodge Hall,  26 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith, B.C. Cost is $225.00 + GST = $236.25 / person.
  • Click here or see below on this page for a map showing the location of the St. John’s Masonic Lodge Hall,  26 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith, B.C.
  • To sign up or to get more information, call/text West Coast Driver Training at 250-732-8093 or by email at mark@westcoastdrivertraining.com.
  • On the second day of the course we typically finish by 1 p.m.
  • Come to the side door of the building. Bring a pen to take notes. A Course Manual will be provided. Bring a lunch if you wish. There will be a one hour lunch break in case you need to drive somewhere to get lunch.
The St. John's Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in downtown Ladysmith. West Coast Driver Training sometimes rents space in this building for Air Brakes Courses.
The St. John’s Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in downtown Ladysmith. West Coast Driver Training sometimes rents space in this building for Air Brakes Courses.
The St. John's Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in downtown Ladysmith. West Coast Driver Training sometimes rents space in this building for Air Brakes Courses.
The St. John’s Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in downtown Ladysmith. West Coast Driver Training sometimes rents space in this building for Air Brakes Courses.

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West Coast Driver Training Is Acquiring A 2016 Mack For Teaching Class 3 Automatic

West Coast Driver Training is in the process of acquiring a 2016 Mack equipped with an automatic transmission which we will use for teaching Class 3 automatic.

We hope to have our new Mack available for Class 3 training in January 2024.

West Coast Driver Training has acquired this 2016 Mack, equipped with an automatic transmission, and will start offering Class 3 training on this truck in January 2024 [photo: West Coast Driver Training]
West Coast Driver Training has acquired this 2016 Mack, equipped with an automatic transmission, and will start offering Class 3 training on this truck in January 2024 [photo: West Coast Driver Training]
West Coast Driver Training has acquired this 2016 Mack, equipped with an automatic transmission, and will start offering Class 3 training on this truck in January 2024 [photo: West Coast Driver Training]
West Coast Driver Training has acquired this 2016 Mack, equipped with an automatic transmission, and will start offering Class 3 training on this truck in January 2024 [photo: West Coast Driver Training]
West Coast Driver Training has acquired this 2016 Mack, equipped with an automatic transmission, and will start offering Class 3 training on this truck in January 2024 [photo: West Coast Driver Training]
West Coast Driver Training has acquired this 2016 Mack, equipped with an automatic transmission, and will start offering Class 3 training on this truck in January 2024 [photo: West Coast Driver Training]
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West Coast Driver Training Will Be Offering An Air Brakes Course In Ladysmith On 6-7 January 2024

We have heard that Air Brake Courses in Victoria and Nanaimo are fully booked until the end of February 2024 so West Coast Driver Training will be offering an Air Brakes Course in Ladysmith on:

  • 6-7 January 2024, 9 am to 5 pm, at the St. John’s Masonic Lodge Hall,  26 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith, B.C. Cost is $225.00 + GST = $236.25 / person.
  • Click here or see below on this page for a map showing the location of the St. John’s Masonic Lodge Hall,  26 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith, B.C.
  • To sign up or to get more information, call/text West Coast Driver Training at 250-732-8093 or by email at mark@westcoastdrivertraining.com.
  • On the second day of the course we typically finish by 1 p.m.
  • Come to the side door of the building. Bring a pen to take notes. A Course Manual will be provided. Bring a lunch if you wish. There will be a one hour lunch break in case you need to drive somewhere to get lunch.
The St. John's Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in downtown Ladysmith. West Coast Driver Training sometimes rents space in this building for Air Brakes Courses.
The St. John’s Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in downtown Ladysmith. West Coast Driver Training sometimes rents space in this building for Air Brakes Courses.
The St. John's Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in downtown Ladysmith. West Coast Driver Training sometimes rents space in this building for Air Brakes Courses.
The St. John’s Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in downtown Ladysmith. West Coast Driver Training sometimes rents space in this building for Air Brakes Courses.

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West Coast Driver Training Will Be Offering An Air Brakes Course In Ladysmith On 2-3 December 2023

We have heard that Air Brake Courses in Victoria are fully booked until the end of December 2023 so West Coast Driver Training will be offering an Air Brakes Course in Ladysmith on:

  • 2-3 December 2023, 9 am to 5 pm, at the St. John’s Masonic Lodge Hall,  26 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith, B.C. Cost is $225.00 + GST = $236.25 / person.
  • Click here or see below on this page for a map showing the location of the St. John’s Masonic Lodge Hall,  26 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith, B.C.
  • To sign up or to get more information, call/text West Coast Driver Training at 250-732-8093 or by email at mark@westcoastdrivertraining.com.
  • On the second day of the course we typically finish by 1 p.m.
  • Come to the side door of the building. Bring a pen to take notes. A Course Manual will be provided. Bring a lunch if you wish. There will be a one hour lunch break in case you need to drive somewhere to get lunch.
The St. John's Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in downtown Ladysmith. West Coast Driver Training sometimes rents space in this building for Air Brakes Courses.
The St. John’s Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in downtown Ladysmith. West Coast Driver Training sometimes rents space in this building for Air Brakes Courses.
The St. John's Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in downtown Ladysmith. West Coast Driver Training sometimes rents space in this building for Air Brakes Courses.
The St. John’s Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in downtown Ladysmith. West Coast Driver Training sometimes rents space in this building for Air Brakes Courses.

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