Next Stop: your Campsite
TORONTO, June 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The Hon. Michael Chan, MPP and Minister
of Tourism, Culture and Sport along with Bradley Fauteux, Managing
Director of Ontario Parks, kicked-off the Parkbus 2012 season as the
first bus bound for Algonquin Provincial Park departed downtown Toronto
this morning. A mix of GTA residents and tourists boarded the bus,
heading to campgrounds, canoe access points and backpacking trails in
Ontario's iconic park. On their journey, experienced volunteers greeted
passengers, provided maps, information and advice for first-time
The launch marked the start of a regular service that connects Toronto
with Algonquin, Killarney and Grundy Lake Provincial Parks as well as
Bruce Peninsula National Park and Tobermory. One-way adult tickets
range between $35 and $40. Complete schedule and pricing information
can be found at www.parkbus.ca.
Parkbus was started as a grassroots initiative by two York University
graduates and outdoor enthusiasts, Boris Issaev and Alex Berlyand, with
the goal of expanding its network in future years to offer service
between other major urban centres and outdoor destinations in the
province. Pilot service from Ottawa is already in the works for next
Funded in part by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario
Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, Ontario
Parks and Parks Canada, Parkbus provides a sustainable alternative to
car travel and is set to help Torontonians experience the province's
most popular outdoor destinations.
"Parkbus is an innovative, eco-friendly initiative that will improve
access to Ontario's beautiful parks for residents and visitors. The
McGuinty government is pleased to support this project that will
develop new markets for our tourism sector, contribute to local
economies, and create jobs in Ontario."
-- Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Parkbus is non-profit initiative providing express bus service to key
outdoor destinations in Ontario. 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 on numerous successful projects, including award-winning
Bike Train Initiative and the Welcome Cyclists Network. Mountain
Equipment Co-op and the Ontario Ecotourism Society are the
collaborative partners of the Ontario Parkbus Initiative.
SOURCE Transportation Options
For further information:
Joey Gill, Publicist