Discover the world's largest freshwater archipelago, consisting of 30,000 islands, spectacular landscapes, the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield and cultural history dating back 5,000 years.
200 km from toronto
Introducing Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Pickup locations in Toronto
5 Old York Mills Rd
The pick up is at the York Mills TTC subway drop-off/pick-up area at 5 Old York Mills Rd - just to the SOUTH of Shells gas station on the SE Corner of Yonge and York Mills.
30 Carlton Street
The pick up location is in front of Holiday Inn/Starbucks, on the north side of Carlton Street. TTC College Subway station is located less than 100m away.
1126 Bloor Street West
The pick up location is on the north side of Bloor to the East of Dufferin (1126 Bloor St West) - TTC subway station Dufferin.
Major Mackenzie & Hwy 400 Carpool Lot
The pick up point is located at the MTO carpool parking lot. The bus will pull in right besides the bus stop located at the parking lot.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to the park from bus parking? Do I need to make a boat reservation?
Beausoleil Island is the largest island of the park, and has most of the facilities, including campgrounds, yurts, park office, hiking trails, etc. The only way to get to the island is by boat.
Parks Canada is operating a special Day Tripper Ferry that can take you from Honey Harbour (where Parkbus drops you off) to the island. On days that Parkbus is operating, Day Tripper operates a special run to coincide with bus arrival and departure times. You must call Parks Canada 705-526-8907 to make a reservation. For Parkbus runs only, campers will be allowed on Day Tripper.
Bikes and pets are NOT allowed on Day Tripper. Private water taxis can offer transportation to Beausoleil in case you are not able to take Day Tripper for whatever reason - you can call:
CNC Marina: 705-794-5059
Georgian Bay Solutions: 705-627-2664
Georgian Bay Water Services: 705-627-3062
Honey Harbour Boat Club: 705-756-2411
Can I visit Georgian Bay Islands National Park on a day trip from Toronto?
Right now the schedules do not allow for it, but we may change that soon!
Is this a guided/group trip?
No, Parkbus only provides transportation to Honey Harbour / Parks Canada parking lot from where you can catch the ferry over to the National Park. This is not a group trip, and what you do once you get off the bus is up to you!
Can Parkbus offer extra stops on demand?
Unfortunately we cannot do it for many reasons, including safety, liability and our agreements with the park and our partners. However, we are constantly reviewing our operations, and if you have any suggestions or ideas, including new stops for the future, do get in touch!
Are there places to buy food / camping equipment?
There are places to buy food and supplies in Honey Harbour - the small town where the bus makes the drop off. Once you are on the island, you have to be self-sufficient - while drinking water may be available, you definitely need to make sure you have food and supplies to last you for the stay.
The park does offer bike rentals, and firewood / ice may be available for purchase - do check with them on the latest.
Is there cellphone reception in the park?
Depending on your operator you will get anywhere from full 3G to nothing at all. For most major operators, there will be at least some reception.
Can I bring pets or bikes on the bus?
You can bring pets on the bus (pet fee applies) but they are not allowed on Parks Canada Daytripper Ferry - you will have to arrange your own water taxi if you want to bring a pet over. We also have limited number of spots for bikes on the bus, but you will have to check with us to see if spaces are still avaialble beforehand, and you will not be allowed to take bikes on Parks Canada ferry - water taxi will be your only option.
Are there bears? How do we hide our food overnight without a car?
Bears (though extremely rare on the island), raccoons, chipmunks and other wildlife are attracted to human food, and you must take precautions when it comes to food storage. Parks Canada provides food storage containers that you must use to store anything that may attract wildlife - this includes perfumes, garbage and anything else that may have strong smells.
Is camping free in 2017?
No. Free entrance into National Parks for 2017 does not include camping fees.
How much luggage can we bring on the bus? What about bikes?
We run 56 seater passenger buses on this route, and generally you can bring suitcases, backpacks, coolers, and other camping equipment. We allow up to 2 bikes per bus, on first-come, first-served basis where you have to call us in advance and reserve your spots.
Folding bikes, and folding/inflatable kayaks do not require pre-approval as long as they do not take more space than a large suitcase would - if you are not sure, give us a call! Regular canoes and kayaks are NOT allowed as they will not fit.
Fireworks, firewood, and firearms are NOT permitted on board or in the luggage compartment.
Is there bathroom on board?
There are bathrooms on board most buses.