Just in time for the hottest months of the year, Metrolinx and Ontario Northland are teaming up to give riders an easier, quicker way to travel to and from cottage country. The new route is a joint pilot project that will operate every weekend from August 3rd to September 3rd.
Instead of inching along Highway 400, cottagers now have the option to jump on a shuttle route all the way into the Muskoka region and beyond. The cottage country-bound GO train departs Toronto's Union Station every Friday at 5:35 PM, with 9 stops until it reaches the Allandale Waterfront GO Station at 7:00 PM.
After that, passengers board the Northland bus, which stops in Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville and finally, North Bay at 10:00 PM. The full route from Union to North Bay has 14 stops.
Passengers can take the same exact route home on Sunday evening. The bus will leave North Bay at 4:00 PM every Sunday, stopping at all the same locations until its final destination at Union Station, at exactly 10:03 PM.
Here's the full route schedule, provided by Ontario Northland:
The Friday to Sunday schedule is modified to accommodate holiday weekends as well. Instead of departing on Sunday, the return trip will be switched to the holiday Monday.
“This service is ideal for those commuting to cottage country. We are lining up our services in an effort to create a seamless, convenient connection for our passengers,” says Ontario Northland's CEO.
Passengers only need to buy a single fare for the trip, which will be valid on both the GO Train and Northland transportation service. Go to Ontario Northland's website to purchase your ticket.
If the pilot project is successful, riders can look forward to the same weekend cottage shuttle service for next summer.
Source: Ontario Northland