Want to head to the great outdoors this summer but feeling limited with the lack of a car? The Parkbus Vancouver offers you a ride into the wilderness without having to blow the budget on a rental car or bum a ride from your creepy neighbour.

The bus offers rides to seven stunning locations in Vancouver largely inaccessible if you don’t have access to wheels. Locations include: Garibaldi, Joffre Lakes, Stawamus Chief, and Shannon Falls. This summer, climb aboard the Parkbus for $20-$60 (depending on location) to get easy access to nature.

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The Parkbus is not a tour bus, you’re not going to have to stick with the group through the hike. But, it’s also a great way to meet like-minded people who are interested in exploring nature! The locations the Vancouver Parkbus serve include:

Easy Hiking

  • Joffre Lakes – A fairly easy hike that will get you to a stunning turquoise lake at the top. The Parkbus will be operating in July, August, and September to Joffre. Tickets are $60 roundtrip. (more info)
    • Running on: July 03, July 15, July 29, August 07, August 19, August 20, September 02, September 30
  • Cypress Mountain – Cypress sits like a ship’s crownest high above Vancouver, offering stunning vistas and plenty of hiking opportunities. If you’re feeling adventurous, take the climb up to Castle Lake and jump in for a refreshing dip! Tickets are $22 roundtrip. (more info)
    • Running on: June 16, August 06
  • Shannon Falls – A popular day-use park, perfect for picnicking, hiking and access to the trail in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park. You’ll arrive at 9am and leave at 5pm, so it’s a good idea to either head up the Sea to Sky Gondola or check out the Stawamus Chief hike because you’ll have lots of extra time! Tickets are $40 roundtrip. (more info)
    • Running on: May 21, July 02, July 30, September 03, September 17

Moderate Hiking

  • Garibaldi Provincial Park – Offering over 90 kms of established hiking trails, Garibaldi park is a favourite year round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. August 19 you can book a return trip on August 20 so you can camp overnight! Tickets are $50 roundtrip. (more info)
    • Running on: July 03, July 15, July 29, August 07, August 19, August 20, September 02, September 30
  • Stawamus Chief – A tough but rewarding hike in Squamish that provides opportunities for camping, hiking, rock climbing and a stunning scenic view at the top. Tickets are $40 roundtrip. (more info)
    • Running on: May 21, July 02, July 30, September 03, September 17
  • Golden Ears – As one of the largest parks in the province, Golden Ears Provincial Park is prized for its recreational opportunities. The extensive system of trails within the park provides an excellent opportunity for hiking and exploring the area. The bus will only be running on September 23 – rountrip tickets cost $32. (more info)
    • Running on: September 23

Swimming

  • Alice Lake – Spend a sunny day relaxing on the shores of Alice Lake. Taking a bus to the lake is a wise choice as the parking lot on a sunny day fills up really quickly! If you’re up for a longer trek, maybe you can convince the bus driver to drop you off at nearby Cat Lake. Tickets are $40 roundtrip. (more info)
    • Running on: May 21, July 02, July 30, September 03, September 17

This is the second year the Vancouver Parkbus is in operation, so here’s hoping next year will include even more dates and destinations! But, in the meantime, there are some great weekend trips to be planned! Check out the Parkbus website for more details and to reserve a seat.

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  1. Leslie

    great idea but price is prohibitive

    get it sponsored next summer ??

    the people without cars also often lack financial freedom ….so free of 10$ or …. ? but 10$ is the lid on the cost … for sure … also you might get good traffic in this service if the ride was to a campsite where 10$ provided the value of more than a day-trip

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