Toronto's First Shopping Shuttle makes Top Retail and Entertainment Destination More Accessible

    Free Vaughan Mills Shopping Shuttle departs daily from Union Station

    VAUGHAN, ON, May 21 /CNW/ - Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre is launching
Toronto's first-ever Shopping Shuttle. The Shopping Shuttle, operating from
Toronto's transportation hub, Union Station, will provide tourists and
residents of Toronto with free, round trip transportation to Vaughan Mills.
The Shopping Shuttle will begin operation to the public on Saturday, May 23 at
1pm and continue service through to October 22, 2009.
    "Toronto offers tourists a wide variety of experiences. We are proud to
be able to enhance the tourist experience by making our premier attraction
more accessible with the introduction of an exclusive Shopping Shuttle," says
Lesley Boughen, Tourism Manager, Vaughan Mills. "Vaughan Mills is a designated
tourist attraction, and tourists represent 17.9% of our total shopper base.
Vaughan Mills sees the introduction of this service as added-value for
visitors to the city to experience a truly unique collection of retail,
outlets, dining and entertainment.
    This 49-passenger Shopping Shuttle features plush seating and overhead
storage in a climate-controlled motor coach. Identification Bracelets to
access the Vaughan Mills Shopping Shuttle are distributed on a day-of,
first-come, first-served basis from the City Tours & Attractions Desk located
inside the Great Hall of Union Station. The Identification Bracelet will allow
travel to and from Vaughan Mills on one of two daily runs departing from Union
Station along Front Street. The morning service departs at 10am and returns
from Vaughan Mills at 2pm. The afternoon service departs at 1pm and returns
from Vaughan Mills at 5pm. Both the Morning and Afternoon Service allow for a
full three hour excursion to explore the shopping centre before returning to
Union Station.
    "The Shopping Shuttle is the perfect solution for those Toronto residents
who do not have access to a vehicle and wish to take advantage of a direct
means of transportation to Vaughan Mills. It is also an
environmentally-friendly approach to access over 250 stores - of which many
are the first of their kind in Canada," says Jamie MacLean, Marketing
Director, Vaughan Mills. "We are excited to provide this exclusive, free
service during the summer season."


    Vaughan Mills - where fashion and outlets plus dining and entertainment
equals something you have to experience to believe.
    Vaughan Mills is the first enclosed shopping centre built in Canada in
more than 17 years, located just north of downtown Toronto at Hwy 400 and
Rutherford Road. This 250 store mecca combines fashion, outlets, dining and
entertainment. Many are the first of their kind in Canada, including Bass Pro
Shops Outdoor World, NASCAR SpeedPark, Lucky Strike Lanes, the world's largest
Tommy Hilfiger Outlet, Holt Renfrew Last Call, the first in Canada and largest
in the World Pro Hockey Life and many unique-to-Vaughan Mills factory stores
and outlet concepts.
    Vaughan Mills features an architectural design theme based on "DISCOVER
ONTARIO", which celebrates the beauty and diversity of the province.
Geographic regions, memorable landmarks and cultural icons have inspired the
design. Ontario's unique combination of elements are featured in 6 distinctive
retail neighbourhoods, striking entry points, transition courts and the
impressive Roadside Picnic Food Court.
    Vaughan Mills is proudly Canadian and is owned and managed by Ivanhoe

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For further information:

For further information: Lesley Boughen, Tourism Manager, Vaughan Mills,
(905) 879-2117,; or Laura Garcia, NATIONAL
Public Relations, (416) 848-1441,

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