Starting June 28, 2019, GO Transit and Ontario Northland will partner for a second year to offer combined train-bus service north from the GTA, to Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville and North Bay Friday afternoons, with a return trip on Sunday.
“GO Transit-Ontario Northland service between Toronto and Muskoka is a convenient and affordable way for people to escape Toronto for the weekend and enjoy the outstanding natural beauty and local attractions of our area,” said Norman Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka.
Friday afternoons between June 28th and August 30th, people can buy a combined ticket to take the 4:10 p.m. GO train from Union Station to Allandale Waterfront GO Station om Barrie to meet an Ontario Northland coach that will continue to Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville and North Bay. Return bus trips will connect with the GO train leaving Allandale Waterfront GO Station at 4:20 p.m. every Sunday from June 30th to September 1st.
To purchase tickets, visit Ontario Northland’s website at www.ontarionorthland.ca.
“Connecting GO Transit and Ontario Northland is a smart use of our province’s existing public transportation network to make taking public transit easier and faster for people,” said Miller. “This is another way that our government is making Ontario open for business and supporting local tourism in Muskoka.”
The Friday 4:10 p.m. Barrie train from Union Station to Allandale Waterfront GO Station at 5:56 p.m. will meet an Ontario Northland bus at Allandale Waterfront GO Station, which will depart for Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville and North Bay at 6:10 p.m. The Sunday Ontario Northland bus from North Bay will arrive at Allandale Waterfront GO Station at 4:00 p.m. in time to connect with the 4:20 p.m. GO train arriving at Union Station in Toronto at 6:03 p.m.
A one-way ticket from Union Station to Huntsville is almost $10 less expensive than a regular Ontario Northland ticket and the addition of this service offers a trip at a time that should be convenient for visitors.
Instead of tapping a PRESTO card, customers will simply need to show their ticket purchased online, when requested. For more information visit www.GOTransit.com/Muskoka.
Ridiculous and who’s actually going to use this single time trip? Sounds like a another FordNation fumble to me. Senseless and a waste of money. If they could offer 2 or 3 trips it would make more sense but one single trip your going to be rushing people ALSO northbound Ontario Northland buses are notorious for being late. Come on now people use some common sense here. Thanks for trying but you need to have rail service all the way up, this compromise isn’t impressing anyone. How much of our tax dollars got wasted in planning this