About Us

Hon. Michael Chan, Miniter of Tourism Culture and Sport at Parkbus 2012 Season Launch
Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism,
Culture and Sport at 2012 season launch event

Parkbus is a non-profit initiative providing express bus service to key outdoor destinations in Canada.

National Geographic 50 Smart City Ideas List

Parkbus was born in 2010 as a private initiative by a group of outdoor enthusiasts, who wanted to make outdoor destinations in Ontario accessible by public transportation. We started small with a pilot project to connect Toronto and Algonquin Provincial Park on a few select weekends. After meeting with Algonquin Park's team and working out the details, we partnered with Hammond Transportation to make the service a reality in the summer of 2010.

After a successful 2010 season, Parkbus became 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 collaboratively to research, develop and promote new initiatives that are integrated, environmentally sound, healthy, service oriented and focused on improving the experience of users. Other projects of Transportation Options include award-winning Bike Train Initiative and the Ontario By Bike.

Passengers drop-off in Killarney

Passengers drop-off in Killarney

In 2011 Parkbus expanded its cooperation with Ontario Parks, and received sponsorships and grants, including Tourism Development Fund grant from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism. This critical support allowed us to expand the Algonquin service and to start developing new routes to Grundy Lake and Killarney Provincial Parks.

In 2012, Ontario Trillium Foundation made a crucial commitment to Parkbus project with a two year grant, allowing the initiative to expand and grow.

Boris Issaev and Alex Berlyand at 2014 Canadian Tourism Awards

Since then, Parkbus has been recognized by the industry, media and thousands of passengers, winning Tourism Entrepreneurship Award at the Canadian Tourism Awards in 2014, and being named the Tourism Innovator of the Year Finalist at the Ontario Tourism Awards in 2013. The services was profiled by the international media, including the National Geographic, that listed it in the 50 Smart Cities Idea list in November 2014.

Hon. Bardish Chagger, Canada's Minister of Tourism and Small Business, and Kelly Lindon, Mayor of Centre Wellington at Parkbus Launch event in Elora Gorge in May 2016
With Hon. Bardish Chagger,
Canada's Minister of Tourism and Small Business,
Alex Berlyand, Boris Issaev, and Kelly Lindon,
Mayor of Centre Wellington at Parkbus
Launch event in Elora Gorge in May 2016

In 2016 Parkbus began regular day trip trips to conservation areas in the Greater Toronto Area and started its national expansion with pilot runs from Vancouver to Sea-to-Sky corridor in partnership with MEC, BC Parks, and Better Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in British Columbia. As the time goes by, we continue to work to bring Parkbus service to even more places around the country, to make the great outdoors accessible to everyone!

Parkbus Team

Boris Issaev

Co-Founder & Project Manager


Alex Z. Berlyand

Co-Founder & Operations Manager


Our 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 . 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.

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