TORONTO, July 7, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - Parkbus kicked off the 2011 season as the first bus bound for Algonquin Provincial Park departed from Toronto this morning. The non-profit pilot initiative, funded in part by the Government of Ontario, provides direct bus service to popular camping, canoeing and backpacking hotspots in select provincial parks. Introducing a sustainable alternative to car travel, the project is set to help Torontonians experience Ontario's most popular outdoor destinations this summer.
"With its misty-morning lakes and its vast wooded areas, Algonquin Park is one of Ontario's greatest natural treasures," said Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources. "Whether you like the full comfort of a lodge, want to try a night in a yurt or to sleep in a tent under the stars, this new service will help get people in the GTA closer to one of this provinces greatest treasures."
Buses are operated by Muskoka-based Hammond Transportation, with service running weekly until September 5th, with Thursday or Friday departures from Toronto and Sunday arrivals from the parks. Toronto pickup locations are located near College, Dufferin and Glencairn subway stations and a one-way adult fare is $34.95+HST. For trip planning information, complete schedule and tickets visit www.parkbus.ca or call 1-800-928-7101.
Parkbus is a project of Transportation Options (T.O.), a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering sustainable tourism and transportation in Ontario. Since 1992, T.O. has worked collaboratively to research, develop and promote new initiatives that are integrated, environmentally sound, healthy, service oriented and focused on improving the experience of users. Other projects of Transportation Options include award-winning Bike Train Initiative and the Welcome Cyclists Network.