While Vancouver is surrounded by an abundance of nature, sometimes just getting out of the city itself can be the biggest barrier to exploring all the great outdoors has to offer.
However, thanks to a free bus service launching in July, some of that nature is now within closer reach.
Known as Parkbus, the shuttle service will take visitors from Vancouver to Golden Ears Provincial Park, near Maple Ridge.
The shuttle service will operate every Saturday and Sunday, beginning on July 7 and ending on September 2.
Departures will be from MEC Vancouver Store (130 West Broadway) in the morning, and returns in the late afternoon will be made in the same spot.
The service was piloted last year as a pay service, but this year the service will be free, thanks to support from MEC and TD.
The Parkbus service is operated by Vancouver-based charity, Better Environmental Sound Transportation.
While the service is free, seat reservations are made through the use of a valid credit card and will begin in mid-June.
Every bus will be accompanied by a 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, as well.