Even more impressive than the fleet of vehicles, which ranges from a seven-passenger Yukon XL van to a 33-passenger party bus with perimeter seating, is the range of experiences that Wave Tours offers.
Brad Oke began the tour bus and limousine service as a second post-retirement business. It all started when patrons of a bar and restaurant in Grand Bend he owned needed rides to and from the bar. An old ambulance was pressed into service and a new business idea was born. The ambulance evolved into Tour the Shore. Eventually the bar was sold, and the transportation business grew into the full-service tour operation now named Wave Limo and Tours.
In addition to the company’s own fleet of vehicles, Wave has access to book almost any transportation mode you can think of, from helicopters to small planes to luxury motorhomes.
While you can book the usual limousine service for concerts, airport shuttles, weddings, etc., it seems like the tours around the countryside are the company’s biggest draw, offering a chance to see the local attractions with a fun, knowledgeable driver as a guide. “Getting off the highway and meeting the owners of these craft breweries and small wineries is the hook for our guests”, says Oke.
The icing on the cake is the knowledge of the area, and the unscripted stories the drivers bring to each tour. A typical tour lasts four-and-a-half to five hours, and will bring the party to three venues with a tasting included at each.
With the pandemic hitting just as his season was about to ramp up, Oke was unsure what to expect. As the province rolled through the phased openings, Wave was finally able to resume operations and found the tours especially popular especially with “bubbles”. Family, social and work bubbles which already had close contact have found the tours to be a safe, fun way to get out and enjoy the county.
To pick a tour and the vehicle that’s right for your bubble, visit wave.limo.