In March 2012, the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission announced plans to discontinue the Northlander and replace it with bus service. The final train ran on September 28 2012.
The Northlander operated 6 days per week year-round in both directions and connected Cochrane with Toronto. The train typically consisted of one engine, an auxiliary power unit, two coaches and a cafeteria lounge car.
The Northlander ran on ONR tracks from Cochrane to North Bay and on CN tracks south of North Bay to Toronto.
The Northlander made scheduled stops at the following stations:
Service to Barrie and Orillia Ontario ended in 1996 when the Northlander was rerouted to the Bala subdivision when that section of the Newmarket subdivision was abandoned and torn out by the Canadian National Railway.