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Love camping but no car? No problem: Bus service drops you off at Algonquin Park

We think every city should have a service like Parkbus to get city dwellers out into nature. As a sustainable alternative to car travel, this province-supported program offers a direct bus service from Toronto to Algonquin Provincial Park, with various stops along the way. It was set up to help one million GTA residents without a vehicle visit Ontario's most popular outdoor destination. 

The bus is equipped to handle all kinds of outdoorsy types. Canoers can stop at Canoe Lake or Lake Opeongo, both of which offer outfitters that rent gear. Hikers get dropped off at the Lake of Two Rivers Campground, with access to plenty of long backbacking loops. You can pack your camping equipment and a cooler on the bus, or you can arrange to rent gear from Algonquin-area outfitters when you get to the park, or get a deal on renting gear from Mountain Equipment Co-op (details TBA). 

This season, the service is expanding to include Killarney Park and Grundy Lake Provincial Park. Sign up to find out when routes are scheduled and tickets go on sale. 

Cost 

Adults: $34.95 + HST one-way; $69.90 + HST return 
Children: $17.48 + HST one way; $34.95 + HST return 

Pick-up times and locations 

7:30 a.m. — 30 Carlton St (in front of the Holiday Inn, near College subway station)
7:45 a.m. — Dufferin/Bloor intersection (northeast corner) 
8:00 a.m. — Glencairn subway, Glencairn Ave. south side exit 

Visit the Parkbus website to see schedules and buy tickets. And reserve your camping trip soon: Algonquin fills up fast.