NIAGARA FALLS: It’s back. One of the nicest and most affordable ways to get to and from Niagara Falls is returning and will help people safely explore the attractions in their own backyard.
The Ontario government is resuming weekend GO train service to the Niagara region beginning August 1. New schedules with four trips to and from Niagara Falls and St. Catharines each Saturday, Sunday and holiday will provide more service than ever before and enable convenient day or overnight trips, either in Niagara or Toronto.
Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West, Jim Diodati, Mayor of Niagara Falls and Regional Chair Jim Bradley made the announcement on July 28 on behalf of Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.
Minister MacLeod said: “I am thrilled that weekend GO service is able to resume to Niagara. It will make it easier for people to safely visit one of the most attractive destinations in Ontario. With the falls, parks, wineries and unique local business and attractions, the Niagara Region truly demonstrates how Ontario offers the world in one province.”
GO Transit’s partnership with Niagara Parks Commission connects WEGO bus service with the GO trains in Niagara Falls, seamlessly bringing travellers to their final Niagara Falls destinations with no taxis or parking needed.
“By increasing service to the Niagara Region, GO is once again connecting people with some of the finest parks, attractions and destinations in Ontario,” said Minister Mulroney.
“As most of the province enters Stage 3 of our reopening, it’s a great time for people to safely and responsibly experience the region.”
The government is encouraging people to travel regionally in order to rediscover the best Ontario has to offer while contributing to the province’s social and economic recovery.
“The expansion of GO service to and from Niagara comes just in time for the August long
weekend,” said MPP Oosterhoff.
“With trips scheduled every four hours, it offers consistent and flexible options for your trip with no traffic delays, so Niagara residents can now visit family and friends in Toronto on the weekend or safely visit other destinations.”
• Niagara’s $2.4-billion tourism industry contributes over 40,000 jobs to the region and attracts more than 13 million tourists every year.
• A GO/WEGO round-trip ticket for one adult will cost $30, and a family pass (for two adults and three children) will cost $65. Kids always ride free on GO.
The promotional e-ticket is sold through the Niagara Parks Commission website.
• Each Niagara weekend train trip is equipped with special bike coaches, so passengers can easily bring along their bicycles.
• A mask or cloth face covering is required on GO Transit.
• The government recently announced $1 million in tourism support for Niagara Region through a new $13-million fund.