It feels like all of Toronto comes alive in the summer. The trees more lush, the streets more full, and the days more vibrant. For me, summer is the perfect time for being outdoors but as someone who doesn’t drive, getting to national parks for a hike or camping is a little difficult. Luckily, I had the chance to learn about Park Bus from a hike that was organized by them along with MEC and Ontario Parks.
Park Bus provides city dwellers transportation to provincial and national parks. Imagine having the chance to take a bus with like-minded individuals to go on a day hike, camping trip, or an elaborate excursion. All the perks of being outdoors without the hassle of driving logistics.
Here are some scenes from our hike:
Our driver who took us to Rouge National Urban Park.
The participants before loading onto the bus.
Representative from MEC, sharing their experience of partnering with Park Bus.
Representative from Ontario Parks sharing some brief facts on the various parks.
Got to wear some awesome gear from MEC. The t-shirt that I am wearing has built in UV protection, which was super handy for our sunny hike. The trail pack is super lightweight and durable, I have started to use it daily because I bike to work and it carries everything I need while being comfortable on my back.
Park representative share some news on events that take place at Rouge National Urban Park.
The path leading us to the viewing deck.
View from the top of the viewing deck.
We also got to watch a demo of making coffee with an air press which is super fast and easy for those camping trips.
Some snacks provided by Pilot Coffee, I got to enjoy the vegan raspebrry banana muffin.
Thanks to Park Bus, MEC, Ontario Parks, and Pilot Coffee for the awesome afternoon. Remember, you can also visit Rouge National Urban Park for free, check out the pick up times and location here: https://www.parkbus.ca/rouge. Happy hiking!