Are you interested in booking a camping getaway, but you don’t have access to your own vehicle? Great news! Parkbus offers affordable and accessible public transit for Ontario Parks and Parks Canada. So, pack your bags! Your next adventure is just around the corner…
A report from Statistics Canada released in March 2018 revealed that 7 in 10 Canadians participated in at least one type of outdoor or wilderness activity.
Examples included hiking or backpacking, wildlife viewing or photography, camping, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking.
It’s no surprise that we’re embracing the great outdoors. After all, we live in a beautiful country with access to so many incredible, picture-perfect settings.
For many, camping is seen as a lower-cost vacation option.
Campsites are priced significantly lower than booking hotel and there are a number of great options to lower the costs associated with purchasing gear.
Don’t believe me? Check out my post ‘Camping On A Budget: Where to Find Second-Hand Camping Gear’
However, if you don’t currently have access to your own vehicle (or if you don’t drive), that dream camping vacation may feel out of reach.
Introducing: Parkbus – Public Transit for Ontario Parks and Parks Canada
Originally founded in 2010, Parkbus provides accessible transportation from major cities across the country to a number of our most popular National and Provincial Parks.
In doing so, they open the doors to enjoying our great Canadian wilderness for thousands of Canadians!
Not only does this mean you don’t need to own a vehicle to embrace your love of outdoor travel, Parkbus helps you minimize your environmental impact.
After all, we all want to protect our environment so that we can enjoy these activities for years to come!
Each Parkbus motorcoach means that there are less vehicles on the road.
Bonus -they offer WiFi!
Note: This year, in light of COVID-19 restrictions in the country, Parkbus has cancelled all trips through July 2020.
Visit their COVID-19 Update page for updates about the August 2020 season.
The Parkbus program is operated by BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation), a non-profit charitable organization based in British Columbia.
Available Ontario Parkbus Destinations
Are you planning your next big outdoor vacation?
The destinations in Ontario currently listed on the Parkbus website include…
- Algonquin Provincial Park
- Bruce Peninsula
- Killbear Provincial Park
- Killarney Provincial Park
- Grundy Lake Provincial Park
- Georgian Bay Islands National Park
- Lion’s Head
- Elora Gorge
- Christie Lake
- Rockwood Conservation Area
- Rattlesnake Point & Kelso
- Rouge National Urban Park
- Gatineau Park Main Parkway
- Gatineau Park Lac Philippe
Additional destinations are available departing from Edmonton, Halifax, and Vancouver. Check out the ‘Our Destinations’ page for more information!
Were you aware of the availability of public transit for Ontario Parks and Parks Canada? If so, have you ever considered using the Parkbus program?
I’d love to hear all your thoughts in the comments below!