All Golden Ears seats are currently reserved. We are working on releasing new seats, which will be announced via ActiveDays BC Facebook group.
60 km from Vancouver
- Advance seat reservations required with credit card
- $25 no show fee will be charged if you do not show up
- No cancellation penalty if reservation cancelled more than 48 hours prior to departure
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If you miss the return bus, you may become stranded in an area with no cellphone reception and will be responsible for arranging alternative transportation. We are unable to follow up on missing passengers - be sure to leave your trip plan with someone who will raise alarm if you get stranded in the wilderness. Review our Safety Page before booking your trip.
Consider buying a good park map prior to your trip, if you are thinking of hiking any of the more remote trails, such as this Golden Ears Map.
- Vancouver to Golden Ears
- City Departure #1: 9:00 AM at 1025 Dunsmuir Street (Bank of China near Burrard Station)
- City Departure #2: 9:20 AM at MEC Vancouver (130 W Broadway)
- Returns to Vancouver
- Park Departure #1 at 17:00 PM
- One way travel time is approximately 1 hour
Frequently Asked Questions
The bus is sold out on my preferred date, what can I do?
There are usually a few cancellations 2 days before the trip (cancellation with no penalty cut-off period) so if you check back right before the trip, you are likely to find some more seats.
Can I purchase food or get water in the park?
No you cannot. To help plan for a great day in the park, please ensure you bring with you lots of extra water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen and bug spray. There are very few amenities near the park, and facilities in the park are currently limited.
What do I need to bring with me?
In addition to food, water and snacks, we recommend that you bring what you need to spend the day outdoors, dress for the weather and wear closed toed footwear. Check the weather forecast before you come and consider bringing rain gear with you just in case.
Can anyone board the bus for free? Is it possible to reserve seats in advance?
Seats can be reserved online with a credit card. $25 seat deposit is required and will be withheld if you do not show up.
Can I cancel the ticket without incurring no-show penalty?
Yes, you can - no penalty will be incurred as long as you cancel your trip at least 48 hours prior to the trip.
Are your buses wheelchair accessible?
Unfortunately not currently due to costs - accessible vehicle are significantly more expensive, which would only allow us to offer one third of the dates we can currently offer with a school bus. We may offer a special run for persons with limited mobility by chartering an accessible vehicle if there is interest. Please contact us if you think you would benefit from this service.
What kind of buses do you use? Is there is washroom / AC on board?
We use school buses for this route, which have no washroom and no AC. While they are less comfortable than motorcoach buses (which we use on Parkbus overnight destinations such as Algonquin), they also cost a fraction of what a motorcoach does cost, allowing us to triple the number of days of operation available.
Will this service operate beyond 2018?
We are currently looking for sponsors that may be interested in supporting this service beyond October 2017. We are also collecting statistics that will hopefully be helpful to the transit authorities to improve transit connections to areas that we serve.
Is this a guided trip?
No it is not. You must be completely self-sufficient, and be able to plan your own trip. On select days, we will be organizing free ActiveDays guided hikes - join our Facebook groupto find out more.
Are pets allowed on board?
Under strict conditions yes. They must be muzzled at all times, or completely in a carrier. If your pet makes a mess, you are responsible for cleaning it up. Only one pet is allowed per adult pet owner. Pets must always be on the leash in the park.
Can we bring bikes or strollers?
We use a school bus for this route, and unfortunately there is no space for bikes. Folding strollers may work, if they fold really well - if you are coming with a folding stroller, be sure to show up early to be the first one on the bus.
Who funded this service anyways?
The service is funded primarily by TD Bank Group as part of their TD Common Ground project as well as Mountain Equipment Coop. If your organization is interested in becoming a sponsor to help us extend this important service beyond October, please get in touch!