There's now an easier way to get to cottage country this summer

Jul 27 2018, 5:27 pm

With only a few weeks of summer left it’s time to pack your bags and head north to cottage country.

And now getting to Muskoka is going to be even easier thanks to Metrolinx and Ontario Northland who will be piloting a new weekend bus service, connecting visitors to the Muskoka Region and North Bay.

Running every Friday from August 3 to September 3, the 5:35 pm Barrie train out of Union Station will meet with an Ontario Northland bus at Allandale Waterfront GO Station.

The bus will continue on to serve Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville and North Bay. The return bus trip will operate at the end of the weekend, whether it’s the Sunday or holiday Monday, and connect with a Toronto-bound GO train at Aurora GO Station.

One ticket will provide transportation on both the GO train and the Ontario Northland bus.

For commuters with PRESTO cards, rather than tapping it on the GO train, they simply need to show their ticket when requested.

“This service is ideal for those commuting to cottage country,” said Corina Moore, President and CEO of Ontario Northland. “We are lining up our services in an effort to create a seamless, convenient connection for our passengers.”

By creating connections, Metrolinx and Ontario Northland are making better use of the province’s public transportation network.

“This partnership with Ontario Northland is an exciting opportunity for us to help our customers get to where they need to go,” Metrolinx CEO and President Phil Verster said.

“Whether they’re vacationing or visiting family, we are giving the GTHA more options to travel better, faster and easier.”

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Tickets can be purchased here.

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