It all started with a motorcycle. In 2014, Steven Glass and Mitchell Rosko were talking over root beers at their house near Selkirk College, in Castlegar, British Columbia, where they were students at the time.
Glass had been trying to sell his motorcycle when Dave Elliot of the Royal Canadian Legion, a veteran’s organization, offered a trade on behalf of the local chapter. “If you take our school bus, we’ll take your bike,” Glass remembers Elliot saying. “We thought it’d be easier to sell a bike than a school bus,” says Elliot.
Glass agreed to the deal, and over the next couple years, he and Rosko converted it into a home. Naming the bus Big Blue Judy, Glass lived in it for over six months in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and drove it all over Canada. Converting buses (or “skoolies”—what converted buses have come to be called in such circles) quickly became their passion, and they decided to start a business.
“Builds started pouring in,” says Glass. Now, four years later, they run Paved to Pines, a school-bus- and van-conversion business out of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Their shop now converts about 10 to 15 vans and skoolies per year for clients all over Canada and the U.S.