Ontario private bus operators

Ontario private bus operators

Ontario private bus operators range in scale from small family run businesses to subsidiaries of large international transportation groups. Many operate yellow school buses for student transportation on behalf of local school boards, while others concentrate on luxury coach charters and tours. Some municipalities use these private companies to run their public transit systems.


417 Bus Line

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417 Bus Line is a coach and school bus operator in Casselman, a small village on Ontario Provincial Highway 417 between Ottawa and Montreal. The company began as Laplante Bus Line in 1958, which became Casselman Bus Line in 1965 and was incorporated in 1974 as 417 Bus Line Ltd. The founder, Jean-Paul Laplante, started with a single vehicle transporting students to the local school. Steady growth of the fleet lead to expansion with a bus route between Casselman and Ottawa. The family continues to operate the company today.

417 Bus Line Ltd. now also includes Lalonde Bus Line, Matte Bus Line and Larocque Bus Line as part of their operations, which has a combined fleet of over 150 units.[1]

Public transit operations

Transit Eastern Ontario operated under the authority of The North Glengarry Prescott Russell (NGPR) Transport Board
Clarence-Rockland Transpo is operated by Lalonde Bus Line


Aboutown Transportation is a diversified transportation company based in the city of London, serving southwestern Ontario for over 60 years.[2] Bus services that they operate include charters, intercity routes and public transit systems in Chatham-Kent and St. Thomas. During the school year they operate six transit bus routes between Kings and Brescia Colleges, and the main campus at the University of Western Ontario. Local services provided in the London area include taxis, limousines, school buses, paratransit services, minibus charters, shuttle services and airport services. As well as their core business they also operate Foot's Bay Marina on Lake Joseph in Muskoka, and Trillium Sport Aviation Inc., a 50 percent owned affiliate, based at London International Airport.[3]


This inter-city bus service connects communities throughout southwestern Ontario, with fourteen scheduled routes.[4]

Public transit operations

CK Transit
St. Thomas Transit


Ayr Coach Lines is a small family-owned business which provides charter services in the southwestern Ontario cites of Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge. They have a diverse fleet of motor coaches, activity coaches and mini coaches.


Badder Bus Service is a charter bus company that started out in 1950 in Thamesville as a school bus company. In 1978, due to the demand for charter service, they decided to acquire highway coaches and expand that side of the business.[5]

In 2006 the company was split, with Badder Bus Service Limited becoming a charter oriented company, with the integration of the newly acquired coach operations of Gino's Bus Lines of Ingersoll, and The Badder Group Incorporated being created out of their school bus operations which had expanded with the addition of Waylin Bus Lines of Aylmer in 1995 and Elgin Bus Service in 1997.[6]


Badder are licensed to operate charter buses from the cities of Hamilton and Toronto, the regional municipalities of Durham, Halton, Niagara, Peel, Waterloo and York, the municipality of Chatham-Kent, the counties of Brant, Bruce, Dufferin, Elgin, Essex, Grey, Haldimand, Huron, Lambton, Middlesex, Norfolk, Oxford, Perth and Wellington.[5]

The school bus division serves the Thames Valley District School Board, London District Catholic School Board, Lambton Kent District School Board, St. Clair Catholic District School Board, and Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest.[7]

Bergeron Bus Lines

Bergeron Bus Lines is a commuter and school bus operator based in Vars. Bergeron is the official transportation service provider for the Township of Russell.[8]

Bus routes

Begeron operates a commuter bus service for the Township of Russell, as part of the Rural Partners Transit Service of OC Transpo

523: Embrun/Russell/Ottawa
524: Limoges/Embrun/Vars/Ottawa/Gatineau
525: Limoges/Embrun/Vars/Ottawa
526: Russell/Ottawa/Gatineau

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Can-Am Express

Bus and Coach Charter company located in Toronto, Canada. Fully licensed to travel in Canada and United States. Providing shuttle, casino, shopping and tourism travel.

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Can-ar Coach Service is based in the Greater Toronto Area, and also operates transit buses, owned by York Region Transit, under an extension of the contract whereby they had previously operated Vaughan Transit on behalf of the City of Vaughan, Ontario.

PMCL operated Cha-Co Trails coach in Greyhound livery

Cha-Co Trails

Cha-Co Trails provides charters and regional bus services throughout southwestern Ontario and to Detroit. The buses are operated by Penetang-Midland Coach Lines, Chatham Coach Lines (J. I. DeNure (Chatham) Limited) and Detroit based Chatham Coach Lines Inc., which are all subsidiaries of Greyhound Canada.

Chatham Coach Lines was started in 1948 by J. I. DeNure in Chatham, Ontario. The operating name was changed to Cha-Co-Trails in 1988, before complete control was acquired by Laidlaw in 2000 and it continues as part of Greyhound Canada's local operations.

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Cherrey Bus Lines is a Listowel and Stratford based operator of motorcoaches, activity buses, school buses, and passenger vans. They provide day trips, sightseeing, and tours through their Maxey Travel and Robin Hood Tours divisions.

They are licensed to provide coach services from: Toronto, Hamilton, Guelph, Cambridge, Chatham-Kent; regions of Durham, Halton, Niagara, Peel, Waterloo and York; counties of Brant, Bruce, Dufferin, Elgin, Essex, Grey, Haldimand, Huron, Lambton, Middlesex, Norfolk, Oxford, Perth and Wellington.

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Coach Canada

Coach Canada is an affiliate of Coach USA, and part of the North American operations of Stagecoach, the international transport group. The Canadian subsidiary is headquartered in Peterborough and operates throughout the urban areas of southern Ontario and Quebec, with intercity service extending as far as New York City.

Dallas Coach

Dallas Coach, based in Mississauga, provides bus charters, shuttle services and tours, mainly in the Greater Toronto Area.

First Student

First Student Canada, a subsidiary of the UK company FirstGroup, is a major provider of school bus services which were formerly operated as Laidlaw Transit and Cardinal.

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Franklin Coach Lines of Belleville


Great Canadian Coaches

Great Canadian Coaches is a Kitchener provider of motorcoach charters and tours which began as Travel Ventures in 1984, and changed their name and image in 1998. Many of their fleet of over 40 Prevost, Setra and MCI coaches have unique Canadian themed paint schemes. They are a member of the Trailways Transportation System.[9]

Greyhound Canada

Greyhound Canada, with its headquarters in Calgary, is a subsidiary of Britain's FirstGroup, linked with the Dallas-based Greyhound Lines. Greyhound has extensive intercity operations throughout Ontario and to destinations across Canada and the adjoining states of New York and Michigan.

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Healey Transportation is located in Smiths Falls, Ontario, providing coach charters and tours from the city of Ottawa, and the counties of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville[10] and school bus services for school boards in Eastern Ontario. Healey operates 5 Prevost coaches and over 100 school buses, mini-buses and passenger vans.

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Leduc Bus Lines is a family-owned business, founded in 1968, in Rockland, Ontario. They provide highway coach, minibus, transit bus and school bus service in the Ottawa and Eastern Ontario area.

They operate two routes under the Rural Partners Transit Service of OC Transpo: Route 520 from Hawkesbury connecting through L'Orignal, Alfred, Plantagenet and Wendover to Ottawa, and Route 530 between Clarence-Rockland and Ottawa, funded by CR Transpo.[11]


McCoy Bus Service, Kingston

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Ontario Northland

Ontario Northland operates an intercity bus service for the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, a crown corporation of the provincial government based in North Bay and provide onward connections from Ontario Northland Railway passenger services. The area served is the eastern part of Northern Ontario with routes extending south to Toronto.

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Pacific Western

Ontario operations of Pacific Western are concentrated in the Toronto area, with a large fleet of charter coaches and Toronto Airport Express service between the downtown core and Pearson Airport.

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Parkinson Coach Lines is a family business founded in 1946 in Snelgrove, Ontario by Harold Parkinson. The company was acquired by the Murrays in 1953; another family with generations in the bus and coach business, going back to 1922. The company hasn't strayed far from their roots in Brampton, Ontario and started running the predecessor to Brampton Transit in the 1960s. They further expanded into school buses in the 1960s and coach tours in the 1970s. Today, they have a fleet of 15 exclusively MCI coaches, as well as about 85 school buses and various mini-coaches.[12]


Transtario is a charter, tour, and school bus operator based in Bradford.


Transtur Coach Lines, based in Niagara Falls Ontario, operates luxury coaches and conducts charters from Toronto to Montreal and to the USA.

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Voyageur Colonial, now branded as just Voyageur, formerly owned by Canada Steamship Lines, is a subsidiary of Greyhound Canada. They provide intercity coach services between Ottawa and Montreal.

Wubs Transit

Wubs Transit is a commuter and school bus charter operator based in Winchester. They provide transportation services to the Townships of North Dundas and South Dundas in Eastern Ontario.

Wubs Transit operates a commuter bus service as part of the Rural Partners Service of OC Transpo

Route 541 Chesterville - Ottawa[13], serving Chesterville, Winchester, Vernon, Metcalfe and Greely.

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