2022 SERVICE DATES
Bus One to Rouge/Zoo
Pick Up #1: 9:00 am @ 34 Asquith Ave (Yonge / Bloor area)
Arrival by ~10:00
Bus Two to Rouge/Zoo
Pick Up #2: 11:30 am @ 34 Asquith Ave (Yonge / Bloor area)
Arrival by ~12:30
Leave Rouge/Zoo @ 2:30 PM
Arrival @ 34 Asquith Ave : ~3:30PM
ABOUT THE SERVICE
Through a partnership between Parks Canada, Mountain Equipment Company and TD Bank, Parkbus will again be running the TD Rouge Express — a free shuttle bus service from downtown Toronto to the Rouge National Urban Park, Zoo Rd Day Use Area, between July and October 2022. After arriving at the park, visitors may have the opportunity to participate in a Parks Canada guided walk (advance registration required) or can explore the park on their own.
To make use of this free shuttle, simply book your spot online, secured with a $15 deposit that is refunded as long as you show up to claim your spot.
We ask that you practice physical distancing between you and the other passengers waiting for the bus and that you safely spread out on board, as much as possible.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please postpone your visit. You won’t be allowed to board if you are suspected to have any symptoms. We reserve the right to perform temperature checks upon boarding.
To make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible, here are a few things to consider before the trip:
Bathrooms are not available at the Zoo Road Day Use Area in Rouge National Urban Park, however, there are portable toilets near the parking lot. If you have any questions about the bus service, please email email@example.com. If you have questions about Rouge National Urban Park, you can call Parks Canada at 416-264-2020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that Parks Canada staff are unable to provide any information about the bus. Parks Canada phone lines are also not active after November 1st.
Please be at least 15 minutes early at your pickup location. We do not wait for late passengers, so consider taking a taxi or Uber if you are running late.
The 34 Asquith Ave pickup location is about 100 meters north of the Yonge-Bloor subway entrance (Yonge Street Entrance). As there may be multiple buses, please ensure that you are in line for the correct bus.
If you are planning on visiting the Toronto Zoo, you must have a pre-purchased ticket prior to boarding the bus. Tickets can be purchased online here: https://www.torontozoo.com/welcomeback *Please note, Zoo Members are not required to pre-book a time slot prior to arrival. Zoo Members can visit at any time and show membership at the front gate.
Parks Canada services are not available on the bus or at the drop off location this year. Please plan ahead before you come by visiting www.parkscanada.gc.ca/rouge .
LEAVE NO TRACE
Respect the environment and remember to pack out everything you pack in. We want to make sure that we leave the park in better shape than we found it. Please remember:
- Bring a bag to carry your garbage or take-out until you can dispose of it properly.
- Campfires, alcohol, barbecues and fireworks are not allowed in Rouge National Urban Park.
- Harvesting is not allowed in Rouge National Urban Park to protect endangered species and ensure that others can enjoy the park as you did. Even invasive crayfish need to remain in the park to prevent them from damaging other waters.
- Keep wildlife wild. The best place to get close to wildlife is at the Toronto Zoo. Never feed or approach animals in Rouge National Urban Park, for their safety and yours.
Lyme disease is on the rise in North America. While your chances of getting bitten by an infected tick are low, you must take appropriate steps to minimize the risk, especially if you have kids or pets. Make sure to read this guide to avoid ticks and know what to do if you find one.
Please do not forget anything on the bus! The buses are stationed outside of Toronto and are used on other routes. We may not be able to locate any missing items.