After spending A LOT of time at home in the last two years, are you itching to get back to vacation travel? Well, an exciting holiday is closer than you think! Ontario is filled with interesting towns and cities, and GO Transit is connected to many of them. When you travel with GO, your getaway is relaxed and easy, with no traffic to sit in or expensive parking to worry about.
And remember - the 2022 Ontario Staycation Tax Credit allows you to claim 20% of your eligible Ontario accommodation expenses on your 2022 taxes, so it’s never been a better time than now to explore our province.
Use our $15 Weekend Passes to get unlimited GO travel all weekend, including those lovely long holiday weekends. It’s the perfect way to plan an easy overnight getaway. Or, if you’d rather just do a staycation day trip, our $10 One-Day Pass allows for unlimited travel throughout the GO network on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday. If you’re planning a staycation with the whole family, don’t forget that kids 12 and under ride free on GO and youth aged 13-19 can get 40% off the full adult fare with a PRESTO youth fare. Your affordable staycation is a GO!
Have Fun in Toronto
Toronto in the fall is filled with fun and exciting adventures to be had by all. The Harbourfront is a great place to spend some down time: Bring your picnic blanket and find a spot at HTO Park on one of the grassy hills. If you’re seeking some culture in your plans, there are plenty of events, festivals and family-friendly activities happening all over the city, including the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival and some of your favourite sporting events including Toronto FC and The Argos.
Get There With GO:
Travel by GO bus or train to Union Station and then either connect with TTC, walk or bike to your city adventure.
Niagara Falls is a top tourist attraction for good reason - there’s so much to do there! The Horseshoe Falls are a breathtaking sight from any spot, but you can also Journey Behind The Falls to explore tunnels in the bedrock, ride the historic Whirlpool Aero Car over the Niagara Gorge, or take a White Water Walk along the riverside boardwalk. At the Niagara Parks Power Station, immerse yourself in the history of hydropower and prepare to be awed when it comes to life at night. All this and more can be a part of your staycation in Niagara Falls!
Get There With GO: Our weekend train service from Union Station to Niagara Falls is perfect for your getaway. GO/WEGO combo tickets give you round-trip GO fare and include travel on Niagara’s WEGO transit system.
Enjoy the Beauty of Barrie
There are so many things to do in Barrie this fall! Take the GO train from Toronto to Barrie for a perfect autumn outing. Dunlop St. in downtown Barrie is closed to cars and open to pedestrians on Saturdays for Open Air Dunlop. Bring the kids for free family activities, art, yoga, and circus performances! When the autumn leaves are out, the bike trails and hiking paths are even more beautiful. The Barrie Farmers Market has been running since 1846! If you’re visiting Barrie for a day trip on a Saturday this fall, be sure to stop by and pick up some locally grown fruits and vegetables or a homemade baked treat.
Get There With GO: Take the Barrie line to Allandale Waterfront GO Station and then you're just a short walk away from all the excitement.
Getaway to Guelph
For a nature staycation destination, take a trip to the Arboretum at the University of Guelph and stroll through 400 acres of woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and gardens. As you explore the walking trails, keep an eye out for turtles, frogs, deer, and many types of birds. Aim to arrive in Guelph early on Saturday morning to check out the Farmer’s Market downtown before your hike. If you’re planning a family getaway, kids will love the carousel and miniature train ride at Riverside Park.
Get There With GO: On the weekends, take GO Bus Route 31 from Union Station Bus Terminal to the University of Guelph.