Written by Denise Deby.

Lake Opeongo, Algonquin Park photo courtesy Parkbus.ca

Lake Opeongo, Algonquin Park photo courtesy Parkbus.ca

If your summer hasn’t included enough outdoor time, you can still get out to Algonquin Park–by Parkbus.

With the Parkbus, you don’t need a car to go camping or hiking in Algonquin—you just hop on the bus. It’ll take you and your gear to one of several campgrounds, outfitters and trails within the park.

The bus, which made its first Ottawa-Algonquin Park run in June, will be leaving from the Rideau Centre and Mountain Equipment Coop on Friday, August 9 (returning August 11), and again on September 20 (returning Sept. 22), 2013.

The aim of Parkbus, a non-profit service, is to provide a way for people to get out into nature in Ontario’s provincial and national parks. You book your own campsite or other accommodation, and they provide the transportation. They’re not a tour operator, but if you’re new to camping, they can give you advice about the park and what to bring.

You can buy tickets and find more information on the Parkbus website. Check with Parkbus in advance for group and family rates, or to ask about taking your bike or a pet along.

Spending time in a park is rejuvenating, health-giving and fun, so check out Parkbus for a quick summer or fall getaway.

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