Sunshine Shuttle to Couchiching Beach launches May 20

Shuttle is seen as a parking alternative for the public due to revitalization projects in the downtown waterfront area

From City of Orillia

Just in time for the busy Victoria Day long weekend, the City of Orillia is launching a shuttle pilot program to provide convenient transportation to Couchiching Beach Park starting May 20.

“With the many revitalization projects taking place in the downtown waterfront area, the City is exploring alternatives to traditional parking options this summer to provide convenient access to our downtown waterfront parks for residents and visitors,” said Mayor Don McIsaac. “The new waterfront shuttle pilot program will allow users to park their vehicle at Lot 6 and hop on the shuttle to go directly to Couchiching Beach Park.”

The City will start with a 10-passenger shuttle, with the ability to increase the size of the shuttle if the demand for usage increases.

Pick-up will be from Municipal Parking Lot 6, located at 107 West St. S., which is accessible from West Street South or Andrew Street South. Drop-off will be at the Jarvis Street entrance of Couchiching Beach Park. The Sunshine Shuttle to and from Couchiching Beach Park will be free with a flat parking fee of $30 per day for vehicles to park in Lot 6. Parking can be paid by credit card with the pay-and-display machine or using the Passport Parking mobile application. The Passport Parking app is user-friendly and available to download from all major app stores.

The Sunshine Shuttle will operate with a 20-minute cycle during peak waterfront usage times on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays from May 20 to Sept. 4, 2023.

Banner image – supplied – City of Orillia