Parkbus - Free Park Shuttles

TD Park Express

Free Shuttles from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton


This summer, Parkbus will offer free shuttle service from four Canadian cities to four national and provincial parks. Pack your lunch, hop on board, and spend the day in the great outdoors! Made possible through generous support from










Frequently Asked Questions


What will you do to help first-time visitors stay safe and respectful of wild spaces?

The free TD Park Express service will make our treasured wilderness spaces accessible to thousands of first-time visitors, which entails a great deal of responsibility to ensure that every first-time visitor behaves in a safe and responsible manner.

Together with AdventureSmart Canada we developed the following process to help educate all visitors in both safety as well as park rules:

  1. Every free shuttle will be accompanied by a Parkbus representative who will highlight safety hazards specific to each park in person to all riders, and promote Leave No Trace Principles.
  2. Every registration page will prominently feature, park-specific safety warnings and information in multiple languages.
  3. Every passenger will receive a pre-departure safety and park rules email in multiple languages, as well as other tips such as Guide to Day Hiking.
  4. Every passenger will be encouraged to fill out an AdventureSmart trip plan and leave emergency contact information during registration.

Over the last 8 years, Parkbus introduced thousands of people to dozens of national and provincial parks across Canada. Although nobody can guarantee that every visit will be problem-free, our track record shows that bus visitors are less likely to behave in an unsafe or disrespectful manner due to all the pre-departure information that car visitors do not receive, all while visiting the park in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.



How will the seat reservation process work? What if people book seats “just in case” and do not show up?

While seats will be free, they must be reserved in advance with a valid credit card. As we have done in 2017 with the Canada 150 Rouge Express, a no-show fee will be charged on the credit card for every no-show passenger.

If you need to cancel after booking your seats, we will require a 48-hour cancellation notice, to avoid the no-show fee.


Can you accommodate a larger group for a non-profit or settlement agency?

Part of our mandate is to connect new Canadians to nature, and we work with numerous settlement agencies as part of our NatureLink program. If your non-profit or settlement agency is looking to take a group on board any of our shuttles, and if you have more than 20 people coming, please get in touch by sending us an email to info@parkbus.ca.

Will the shuttle come back next year? Are you expecting to add more parks / cities to join the free program?

We will be working to make sure that the program will come back next year, and that more cities in Canada can benefit from a similar service. This will depend on the project’s success this year, and on continued support from the generous partners and sponsors that made this project possible.


What about park fees?

There are no park fees for Rouge National Urban Park in Ontario or Golden Ears Provincial Park in BC.

For Elk Island National Park, a Parks Canada fee of $7.80 per adult (18+) will be collected from passengers.
For Yamaska Park in Quebec, a SEPAQ (park agency) fee of $7.39 will also be charged for passeners over 18 years of age, unless they already possess a SEPAQ park pass.

There will be no charges for kids (18 and under) as neither SEPAQ nor Parks Canada collects child fees.







TD Rouge Express

from Toronto





Starting June 30, every Saturday, Sunday and holiday to September 30

Registration Opens Mid-June



Following a successful year of the Canada 150 Rouge National Park Express, we are relaunching summer-long free service to Rouge National Urban Park this summer! Parks Canada staff will supervise each bus and help introduce first time visitors to the park.


TD Rouge Express will operate on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between Saturday June 30th and Sunday, September 30, twice per day, with departures at 9:00 am and 11:00 am near College TTC Station in downtown Toronto and returns at 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm. Pickup from MEC North York (at 784 Sheppard Avenue East, right next to Bessarion Station, with plenty of free parking) will be offered at 9:25 am, with return at 3:00 pm. On some days, service will run to the northern part of Rouge National Urban Park (Bob Hunter Area), and on others to the southern part of the park near the Zoo Road area, as per the summer schedule.


While the service is free, a credit card deposit is required at the time of registration Online reservations open mid-June. Credit card deposits will be returned upon seat redemption (deposits will be retained in the case of no-shows).


Every bus will be hosted by Parks Canada staff who will conduct on-board programming, help promote Leave No Trace principles and provide outdoor safety information.


A media and blogger photo op / fam ride will be offered in late June. If you are interested in joining the media tour please email us at info@parkbus.ca.




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TD Golden Ears Shuttle

from Vancouver





Saturdays and Sundays, July 7 to September 2

In partnership with



Parkbus piloted bus service to Golden Ears Provincial Park from Vancouver last year. While this paid service was a success, support from MEC and TD allowed us to make this incredible destination available to everyone free of charge. Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, a Vancouver-based charity, is the operator of Parkbus service in British Columbia.


The shuttle will operate every Saturday and Sunday, Starting July 7 and ending on September 2nd, with departures from MEC Vancouver Store (130 W Broadway) in the morning, and returns in the late afternoon.


Seat reservations will be accepted online starting mid-June. Credit card will be required for registration for no-show deposits.


Every bus will be accompanied by facilitator who will offer outdoor safety information and promote Leave No Trace principles to first-time visitors to the park. All passengers will receive pre-departure safety and park orientation information by email.


A media and blogger photo op / fam ride will be offered on June 30th. If you are interested in joining the media tour please email us at info@parkbus.ca.




Run, bike, swim, hike, or do yoga? Visit MEC for quality gear from Patagonia, Nike, Adidas and more – all backed by our legendary no-hassle guarantee. Plus, MEC offers free group runs, $10 yoga, pilates classes, and other weekly events to keep you moving and motivated.

Receive an alert when Golden Ears registration opens

TD Elk Island Express

from Edmonton





Starting July 28, every Saturday until September 15

Registration Opens Mid-June



2017 was a record year for Elk Island National Park, thanks in part to free admission for Canada 150. This year, Parkbus is teaming up with Parks Canada to offer a free shuttle from downtown Edmonton.


Between July 28 and September 15, we will operate a free TD Elk Island Express connecting Edmonton to Elk Island National Park, located about 50km east of the city. The bus will depart on every Saturday at 8:30am and 11:30am from MEC Edmonton with returns from the park departing Elk Island at 3:30pm and 6:30pm.


While the shuttle will be free, Parks Canada entrance fee ($7.80) will be charged for passengers 18 years or older. Parks Canada’s entrance for anyone under 18 years of age is free.


Seat reservations will be accepted online starting mid-June


A media and blogger photo op / fam ride will be offered on July 28 (first day of service). If you are interested in joining the media tour please email us at info@parkbus.ca.


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Run, bike, swim, hike, or do yoga? Visit MEC for quality gear from Patagonia, Nike, Adidas and more – all backed by our legendary no-hassle guarantee. Plus, MEC offers free group runs, $10 yoga, pilates classes, and other weekly events to keep you moving and motivated.

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TD Yamaska Express

en collaboration avec Navette Nature





À partir du 14 juillet, tous les samedis jusqu'au 13 octobre

Starting July 14, every Saturday until October 13



Nous travaillons en partenariat avec Navette Nature de Montréal pour offrir un service de transport gratuit vers le parc national de la Yamaska ​​(SÉPAQ) cet été!


La navette fonctionnera le samedi et quittera le Centre d'information touristique de Montréal deux fois le matin, avec deux retours dans l'après-midi.


Les réservations de places seront acceptées en ligne à partir de la mi-juin. Chaque autobus sera accompagné d'un facilitateur qui offrira de l'information sur la sécurité à l'extérieur et fera la promotion des principes du programme «Sans Trace» auprès des visiteurs qui iront au parc pour la première fois. Avant le départ, tous les passagers recevront par courriel des informations sur la sécurité et l'orientation dans parc.


Le 14 juillet, une séance de photos pour les médias et les blogueurs sera offerte, et nous les invitons à embarquer avec nous jusqu'au parc! Si vous souhaitez participer à la tournée médiatique, veuillez envoyer un courriel à Navette Nature à info@navettenature.com.






We are partnering with Montréal-based Navette Nature to offer a free service to Yamaska National Park (SEPAQ) this summer!


The shuttle will operate on Saturdays, and will depart Montreal Tourism Info Center 2 times in the morning, with two returns in the afternoon.


Seat reservations will be accepted online starting mid-June. Every bus will be accompanied by facilitator who will offer outdoor safety information and promote Leave No Trace principles to first-time visitors to the park. All passengers will receive pre-departure safety and park orientation information by email.


A media and blogger photo op / fam ride will be offered on July 14. If you are interested in joining the media tour please email Navette Nature at info@navettenature.com.



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