Parkbus is a non-profit initiative providing express bus service to key outdoor destinations in Ontario - Algonquin, Killarney, Grundy Lake Provincial Parks as well as Bruce Peninsula National Park and Tobermory.
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.
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.
Since then, Parkbus has been recognized by the industry, media and thousands of passengers, winning Tourism Enterpreneurship 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.
In 2016 Parkbus began regular day trip trips to conservation areas in the Greater Toronto Area and began 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!