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. In British Columbia, Parkbus programs are run by BEST, a non-profit charitable organization with a long history promoting sustainable transportation. In the rest of Canada, our programs are run by Transportation Options, an Ontario-based non-profit organization dedicated to fostering sustainable tourism and transportation.



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





Boris Issaev

Boris is the co-founder and CEO of Parkbus. He is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the project and partnership development. 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.

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.

Walker Kitchens

Walker is the director of the ActiveDays and NatureLink programs. He is a talented community builder and experienced outdoorman. His favourite Parkbus route is Algonquin Provincial Park, and his most memorable outdoor experience is cycling the Pacific coast from Victoria to Los Angeles. Walker can be reached at walker@parkbus.ca.

Sophia Yang

Sophia is the BC ActiveDays Coordinator at Parkbus. She is a "fun-cilitator" and lover of all things green. Her favourite Parkbus route is Garibaldi Provincial park, and her most memorable outdoor experience is her July 2016 ten hike challenge when she hiked 10 different trails around Kananaskis and Banff in Alberta. Sophia can be reached at sophia@parkbus.ca.

Jessilyn Wong

Jessilyn is the BC Operations Coordinator at Parkbus. 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.

Thomas Amsuess

Thomas is responsible for marketing and the volunteer program of Parkbus. His favorite Parkbus route is Bruce Peninsula and his most memorable outdoor experience was backpacking four months through Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia. Thomas can be reached at thomas@parkbus.ca

Jenn Kerr

Jenn is Parkbus Dispatch and Admin Coordinator. She is an avid canoer and her favorite Parkbus route is Algonquin! The most challenging canoe route she has ever tackled was from Livingston Lake in Dorset to Dividing Lake in Algonquin Park via the Golden Staircase portage. She can be contacted via dispatch@parkbus.ca

Indiana Letkemann

Indiana is the Sustainable Transportation Ambassador and is the on-board coordinator for TD Golden Ears Express - the free shuttle service from Vancouver. Her favourite Parkbus route is Stawamus Chief, and most memorable outdoor experience was exploring rural villages throughout the Ethiopian highlands. She can be reached via info@parkbus.ca.


Louisa Mursell

Executive Director, Transportation Options

lmursell@transportationoptions.org




Stephanie Williams

General Manager, BEST

stephanie.williams@best.bc.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.





Lead Organizations

Transportation Options and BEST are the two organizations running Parkbus in Canada.


Transportation Options (founded in 1992) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering sustainable transportation and tourism ideas and innovations by engaging in research, project development, and promotion of choices that are healthy, integrated, convenient, economically beneficial, and environmentally sound. The other projects of Transportation Optiosn include Ontario By Bike Network (formerly the Welcome Cyclists Network), as well as BikeTrain Initiative.


BEST is a non-profit charitable organization with a long history promoting sustainable transportation in Vancouver and BC. Founded in 1991, it led dozens of pioneering projects and its current other projects include The Bicycle Valet, Living Streets, Commuter Challenge and STAR (Seniors Transportation Access and Resources).

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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