KAWARTHA LAKES-Local residents using TOK Coachlines, formerly Canar, will no longer have busing available to get to Durham, Toronto or up to Haliburton.
In a notice sent to customers on Monday, the company says after 34 years of serving the Haliburton, Kawartha, and Durham regions they will be discontinuing the Haliburton to Toronto line run effective January 31st, 2024. The company told Kawartha 411 News the move was necessary for its survival.
“Our operation is not subsidized by any government body and with the increased operating costs, we had to make the hard decision to stop this service as we have been operating at a loss for many years. The decision wasn’t taken lightly but unfortunately, we had to make it to ensure our survival,” said Junko Skanes TOK Coachlines.
A shortage of drivers also played into the decision according to the company.
For those who have already purchased tickets, you have the option to use them before the aforementioned date, or you can request a full refund by February 29th, 2024.
- Tickets purchased online, please request via email with your ticket number, contact name and phone number to [email protected]
- Paper tickets purchased from ticket agents, please send original to TOK Coachlines, 221 Caldari Road, Concord, ON L4K 3Z9
- Valid tickets purchased by November 6th, 2023 will be honoured with a full refund
“Serving the wonderful communities of Haliburton, Kawartha, and Durham has truly been an honour. We deeply appreciate the trust and loyalty you have shown us throughout the years. Your continued patronage has been the backbone of our operations, and for that, we are immensely grateful,” said the company in a notice to customers. “Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey.”
The Southampton Line remains in service. The company also does Casino group tours, charter rentals and bus rentals.