Summertime in the 6ix just got so much sweeter. A new travel service will now allow residents to travel from Toronto to Muskoka using GO Transit, thanks to a recent partnership between GO Transit and Ontario Northland. Following last summer’s highly successful pilot, the companies have come together once again for a second year to offer residents a combined train-bus service north from the GTA to Gravenhurst Bracebridge, Huntsville, and North Bay.
Last summer, a joint pilot project between the two companies operated every weekend from August 2 to September 3. The exciting project allowed cottagers to avoid the long traffic lines of Highway 400 by travelling north via train. And it looks like they are finally bringing the deal back!
Service for the trip is now scheduled to begin every Friday afternoon until August 30. According to an Ontario Northland email, travellers will even be able to buy combined tickets to take the 4:10 PM GO train from Union Station to Allandale Waterfront GO Station to meet an Ontario Northland coach, that will then continue further north to North Bay.
Return trips will connect with the train that is leaving Allendale Waterfront GO Station at 4:20 PM every Sunday all summer long until Labour Day weekend.
Keep in mind that travellers will not have to tap their PRESTO card – all they need to do is show their ticket, which they can purchase online at Ontario Northland's website.
So, how expensive are the train tickets? We're happy to report that they are super affordable! A single ticket for the GO Train and the Ontario Northland bus starts at just $39, from Union all the way to Muskoka.
If you have any further questions about the exciting deal, you can contact Ontario Northland at 1-800-461-8558.