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 at the Harbourfront
Toronto’s Harbourfront is a great place to spend some time this summer. The cool breeze from Lake Ontario helps to beat the heat on those sweltering days. Bring your beach blanket and find a spot on the sand at HTO Park or pack a picnic to enjoy on one of the grassy hills. If you’re seeking some culture in your summer plans, the Summer Music in the Garden series at the Toronto Music Garden lets you enjoy live music in the open air or check out the immersive installation, BREATHLESS, at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.
Get There With GO:
Travel by GO bus or train to Union Station and then connect to the TTC.
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 Barrie Waterfront
The beaches of Barrie are waiting for you! You don’t need a tropical vacation or your own cottage on a lake. Beautiful Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie has four beaches - choose one or try them all over the course of your weekend. Popular Centennial Beach has a playground, beach volleyball court, food concession stand, and lifeguard. Johnson’s Beach is a quieter place for sand and swimming with a lifeguard present. Minet’s Point Beach and Tyndale Beach are both unsupervised but have play structures for kids. When you tire of the beach, stroll through downtown Barrie where you’ll find unique shops, patio restaurants, and outdoor art installations.
Get There With GO: Take the Barrie line to Allandale Waterfront GO Station and then just cross over Lakeshore Dr. to the waterfront.
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.