If you're looking for a way to see one of B.C.'s most beautiful parks without paying soaring prices for gas this summer, Parkbus will have you covered.
During the summer, the express shuttle bus service will offer free shuttle service from four Canadian cities to four national and provincial parks. As such, you'll be able to catch a ride into the wilderness from downtown Vancouver free of charge.
TD Park Express service teamed up with Parkbus to allow residents to visit Rouge National Urban Park in Ontario, and Parc National De Saint Bruno in Quebec, and Elk Island National Park in Edmonton. Parkbus has confirmed that the B.C. destination for 2019 will be Cypress; last summer it was Golden Ears Provincial Park.
Cypress Provincial Park offers stunning vistas as well as multiple hiking opportunities, and " sits like a ship’s crownest high above Vancouver." A variety of large and small mammals inhabit the park, and coyotes and deer are often seen close to the access road. In addition, a litany of birds, including ravens, gray jays, chickadees, warblers, woodpeckers, grouse, hawks and owls, are seen among the lush, old-growth forest.
While the ride from the city is free, guests must reserve their seat in advance with a valid credit card. If you need to cancel your ride, you may do so within 48 hours to avoid a no-show fee.
Every free shuttle will be accompanied by a Parkbus representative who will highlight safety hazards specific to each park in person to all riders, and promote Leave No Trace Principles.
Be sure to check current weather, terrain, and wildlife conditions prior to embarking on a hike. In addition, make sure that you know your physical limitations, tell someone where you are going, bring enough food and water, wear appropriate clothing, and never hike alone. Don’t attempt dangerous poses for photographs.
Visit Vancouver Trails online for a detailed list of safety tips and things to consider before your next hike.
You may register for the free shuttle from Vancouver here.