Summers in Canada go by so quickly. That’s why it’s important to take time to slow down and enjoy these sun-filled moments while they last. Sit by the lake and watch the waves. Escape the hustle of the city and spend an afternoon walking quietly through the trees. Stop to smell the roses while the gardens are in full bloom. GO Transit isn’t just your best way to get to work, we can also help you get out and explore nature. After a day of rejuvenation in the outdoors, you don’t want to ruin that relaxed feeling with a stressful drive home!
Our Weekend Passes are your stress-free solution to travel. For just $10, you’ll get unlimited travel throughout the GO system on a Saturday or Sunday or holiday with a One-Day Pass. If you just can’t get enough of nature, a Weekend Pass will give you unlimited GO travel all weekend long so you can fit in ALL the exploring! Kids benefit from time in nature, too, and since kids 12 and under travel free on GO, you don’t need to stress about the cost of transportation. Now let’s GO find that calm!
Rockwood Conservation Area
Hike along the tops of cliffs, stroll along boardwalks through wetlands, and explore the caves filled with stalactites. The glacial bluffs at Rockwood Conservation Area were formed during the last ice age. Feel your stress and everyday worries fade away as you contemplate the formation of the natural wonders around you. Canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats are available for rent if you prefer to relax on the water. You can also fish at the reservoir or swim at its sandy beach. Everything you need to immerse yourself in nature is waiting at Rockwood Conservation Area.
Get There With GO: On the weekends, take GO Bus Route 31 from Union Station to Alma St. @ Fall St. in Guelph and then head down Fall St. South.
Allandale Station Park
Breathe in the cool breeze coming off Kempenfelt Bay as you walk the trails of this 16-acre park. Or, bring your bike on the train and enjoy a leisurely ride along the waterfront. There are plenty of spots for a quiet picnic and up the trail is Centennial Beach, where you can relax on the sand and just look out over the water. If art brings you a sense of calm, don’t miss the Moments of Algoma interpretive panel that links the Group of Seven’s artistic travel through Algoma County to the Allandale train station!
Get There With GO: Take the Barrie line to Allandale Waterfront GO Station. Walk across Lakeshore Dr. and you’re there!
Martin Goodman Trail
Walk, run, or bike along the shores of Lake Ontario from the Toronto Harbourfront to the Humber Bay Arch Bridge - or only part of the way, if you’re just in the mood for a slower stroll. The entire Martin Goodman Trail stretches east as far as Kew Beach, but we think the western section is particularly good for stopping under shady trees and finding quiet places by the water. Maybe you only think of taking the train to downtown Toronto when you’re going to a busy tourist attraction, but your mental health will thank you for spending a quiet day by the lake.
Get There With GO: Travel by GO bus or train to Union Station. Walk south down York St. to the lake, and then head west along the trail.
Guildwood Park & Gardens
Find bliss while surrounded with beautiful art, architecture, and blossoming gardens. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Europe when you stroll around the Greek Theatre at this park that was once an artist colony. The grounds are filled with relics of Toronto buildings and sculptures created by the former artist residents. Follow the peaceful woodland trails that feature views of the stunning Scarborough Bluffs and you’ll completely forget that you’re in a busy city. Breathe deep and soak up the serenity.
Get There With GO: Take the Lakeshore East line to Guildwood GO Station. Walk west on Westlake Rd., then south down Livingston Rd., and then east on Guildwood Pkwy to Guildwood Park & Gardens. It’s approximately a 20-minute walk.