About Us

Since 2010, Parkbus has helped thousands of Canadians access the great outdoors. Whether it's a day trip, a family camping weekend, or a wilderness expedition, Parkbus will get you there!



Parkbus connects city dwellers with nature through accessible transportation options. Founded in 2010, we operate bus services to National and Provincial Parks from major cities across Canada. We also operate community nature and outdoor programs such as ActiveDays and NatureLink. Our free shuttles, as well as NatureLink and Activedays programs are run by Transportation Options, an Ontario-based non-profit organization dedicated to fostering sustainable tourism and transportation. The rest of our programs are run by Parkbus Inc., headquatered at the Center for Social Innovation in Toronto.


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SUSTAINABILITY


We are committed to offering sustainable, equal access to nature through collective transportation, thereby ensuring more people can appreciate the outdoors and maximizing our health and well-being whilst minimizing our environmental impact.



STEWARDSHIP

We strive to be environmental and sustainable leaders, leading by example: educating, empowering, inspiring, and motivating people to explore the outdoors in a sustainable, responsible manner.



COMMUNITY

We started as a grassroots not-for-profit, and we are dedicated to industry cooperation and fostering connections with each other and the great outdoors.



ADVENTURE

We're adventurers at heart, both at work and play. We're curious, innovative, and open-minded, driven by a passion for discovery and exploration.



INTEGRITY

We act honestly and ethically, guided by our morals, purpose, mission, and values.









Our Team





Rebecca Koroll

Rebecca is the Operations Coordinator at Parkbus. She is passionate about helping people build connections to the outdoors and is enthusiastic about birding! Her favourite Parkbus route is Georgian Bay Islands National Park, and her most memorable outdoor experience was hiking in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. Rebecca can be reached at rebecca@parkbus.ca

Carly Joynt

Carly Joynt is the Toronto Coordinator of ActiveDays and NatureLink programs. She is a passionate mentor who loves connecting people with nature through the senses! Carly's favourite Parkbus route is to see the waterfalls of the Dundas Valley and her most memorable nature moment was tracking a Great Horned owl through a cedar forest! Carly can be reached at carly@parkbus.ca.

Jessilyn Wong

Jessilyn is the BC Coordinator at Parkbus and ActiveDays programs. She is a lover of the coast and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Her favourite Parkbus route is Cypress Provincial Park, and her most memorable outdoor experience was road tripping through Olympic National Park. Jessilyn can be reached at jessilyn@parkbus.ca.

Alex Z. Berlyand

Alex is the co-founder and COO of Parkbus and is now leading the operational, logistical and HR aspects of the project. His favourite Parkbus route is also Killarney and his most memorable outdoor experience was spending two months hitchhiking and backpacking in rural Patagonia. Alex can be at alex@parkbus.ca.

Boris Issaev

Boris is the co-founder of Parkbus. His favourite Parkbus route is Killarney in the fall, and his most memorable outdoor experience was watching the Northern Lights in Lake Superior Provincial Park. Boris can be reached at boris@parkbus.ca.

Our Amazing Volunteers



Our volunteers are key to the success of the project, and every season these talented people dedicate their time and energy to Parkbus participating in Parkbus Ambassador Program. If you are interested in joining our team this year, please take a look at the program description, and feel free to get in touch with us.

Media, Awards and Recognition





In January 2018, World Tourism and Travel Council named Parkbus as one of 3 finalists for the Innovation Award, along with Pemuteran Bay Coral Protection Foundation and Virgin Atlantic!

Parkbus won several other awards, including 2014 Canadian Tourism Award, MEC's Outdoor Nation 2017 Award and was featured over 300 times in media around Canada and beyond, including CBC, Toronto Star, National Post, Huffington Post, Metro, and making National Geographic's 50 Smart Cities List!





Photos





NatureLink group in Rouge National Urban Park, Toronto






NatureLink group in Rouge National Urban Park, Toronto






Elk Island Express - free shuttle connecting Edmonton to Elk Island National Park in 2018






ActiveDays group on day trip outing in Ontario






Parkbus dropping passengers off at Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario






Syrian refugee families on the way to Arrowhead Provincial Park from Toronto (NatureLink Program)






ActiveDays & NatureLink program director Walker Kitchens conducting a demo on the bus






Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario









Passengers in front of free shuttle to Rouge National Urban Park





































Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna singing Parkbus














Launching free Canada 150 Rouge Express Shuttle together with (L-R): Omar McDadi, External Relations Manager and Pam Veinotte, Superintendent at Rouge National Urban Park, Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, Parkbus Co-Founder Boris Issaev, Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, as well as Wendy Brisebois, District VP from TD Bank and her family.





Launching Parkbus 2016 season with The Hon. Bardish Chagger, Canada's Minister of Tourism and Small Business, Parkbus co-founders Alex Z. Beryland and Boris Issaev, and Kelly Linton, Mayor of Township of Centre Wellington.







Our Partners





Parkbus could never succeed without generous support from dozens of organizations that provided financial, logistical, operational and promotional support. We work closely with all levels of government, as well as private sector organizations, other non-profits and charities, as well as individuals. We are always open to new ideas - to partnership opportunities, please contact us!

Transportation Partners

Mexico's trail running community Aire Libre is piloting Parkbus model to several national parks around Mexico City. In Quebec, Navette Nature (NANA) is leading the development of several routes from Montreal to national (federal) as well as SEPAQ-run parks.



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