TORONTO, May 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Outdoor enthusiasts queued up early this
morning for a ride to an incredible nationally protected national park.
These early risers were the first Greater Toronto Area (GTA) residents
to take advantage of the new regular Parkbus service from downtown
Toronto to Bruce Peninsula National Park.
In a short pre-boarding ceremony, Mrs. Ellen Bertrand, External
Relations Director for Parks Canada, celebrated the signing of a
partnering agreement between Parks Canada and Parkbus and wished all
the passengers of this first trip of the season "Bon Voyage."
"Parkbus is providing an easy way for people to escape the urban jungle
and discover a part of Canada that is truly spectacular, wild, and open
to all," said Mrs Bertrand. "National Parks in Ontario offer the very
best examples of Canada's vast beauty and outstanding conservation
efforts, and with Parkbus, they are becoming more accessible than ever
Parks Canada recognizes that transportation is a barrier that many urban
Canadians face when planning a visit to a national park. Parkbus offers
an environmentally friendlier and affordable option for residents of
the Greater Toronto Area to get out, discover and enjoy Canada's
treasured natural wonders. Spending the night in one of Parks Canada's
many campgrounds across Ontario offers a true escape in some of the
country's most beautiful natural heritage areas. Starry nights,
breathtaking views, tons of activities and a chance to bond with your
family around an open campfire… a quintessential Canadian experience.
In formalizing a partnering agreement with Parkbus, Parks Canada will be
better able to work with Parkbus to promote this incredible
transportation service, offer new destinations and jointly develop park
services that are more responsive to the needs of bus riders.
For those who have never been camping and are not sure where to get
started, Parkbus offers an easy way to connect with a park. Many
Parkbus riders will also find the Parks Canada Learn to Camp App full of useful tips and tricks about how to get the most out of their
national park experience.
"Parkbus exists because there is a demand for a mass transit service to
Canada's incredible outdoor spaces," said Boris Issaev, Parkbus founder
and Project Manager. "We look forward to working with Parks Canada to
improve our offer to Ontario's urban travellers"
The striking scenery of towering cliffs plunging into blue water make
Bruce Peninsula National Park one of the most scenic and popular
destinations in Ontario. A must see! To find out more about Parkbus and
their scheduled service to Bruce Peninsula National Park, visit www.parkbus.ca. Learn more about the many amazing opportunities offered by Parks
Canada in Ontario by visiting www.parkscanada.gc.ca/ontario.
BRUCE PENINSULA NATIONAL PARK OF CANADA
Bruce Peninsula National Park of Canada is located at the northern end
of the Bruce Peninsula, which divides Georgian Bay from Lake Huron.
Established in 1987, along with Fathom Five Marine Park of Canada, the
two parks share staff, resources, and a visitor centre, but offer a
distinct menu of opportunities to explore, discover and appreciate the
incredible peninsula environment.
Defined by the dramatic escarpment that emerges from Georgian Bay and
the rich forest, lakes and wetlands that slope gently down to Lake
Huron, Bruce Peninsula National Park offers refuge to many rare and
threatened species, and is a key part of the UNESCO Niagara Escarpment
World Biosphere Reserve. A Mecca for bird watchers, botanists and
nature enthusiasts, Bruce Peninsula National Park offers access to one
of the highest concentrations of globally, nationally, and provincially
rare species in all of Canada.
While the rugged cliffs are inhabited by ancient white cedar trees -
some are 1000 years old, yet only a few feet tall - overhanging the
crystal clear water of Georgian Bay, the park is also home to an
isolated and genetically distinct species of black bear, Ontario's only
venomous snake - the Massasauga rattlesnake - and 43 species of
orchids. In addition to participating in an annual Orchid Festival,
Bruce Peninsula National Park is also part of a recognized dark sky
preserve and hosts over 60 species of fish in its inland lakes, ponds,
marshes and surrounding waters.
More than just a place of natural significance, the park has a rich
cultural heritage. Archaeological evidence tells of human occupation
dating to the Archaic period (8000 - 2000 BCE). Today, the Saugeen
Ojibway Nation still has strong economic, cultural and spiritual ties
to this land. Aboriginal people have made significant contributions to
the understanding and management of the park's ecosystem, including the
melding of traditional First Nation knowledge with western science.
Whether they come for the geology, ecology, or cultural heritage,
visitors to Bruce Peninsula National Park discover a mosaic of unique
opportunities for inspiration, adventure, and learning.
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
External Relations Manager,
Georgian Bay and Ontario East