MUSKOKA, ON – The provincial government is making it easier for people in the GTA to visit Muskoka this summer.

For the second year in a row, GO Transit and Ontario Northland are partnering to offer train and bus services for people in Toronto.

The announcement was made in a release from the office of Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norman Miller.

“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,” Miller said

The transit service will make northbound stops in Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville and North Bay on Friday afternoons and return on Sundays. Trips start June 28th through Labour Day weekend.

The northbound GO train will leave Union Station at 4:10 p.m. and head to Allandale Waterfront GO Station in Barrie. People can then transfer to a Northland coach bus and head to Muskoka. When people want to return they will have to be at the Allandale Waterfront GO Station to catch the 4:20 p.m. train back into Toronto.

“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,” Miller said. “This is another way that our government is making Ontario open for business and supporting local tourism in Muskoka.”

The service won’t require a PRESTO card. The release said customers will just need to show their ticket when requested. Anyone who wants more information can visit the Go Transit website.