Everyone should be able to travel. Many communities across Canada are making it a priority to make spaces more accessible for visitors of varying abilities. While there is still work to be done, there are a lot of great opportunities for incredible Canadian travel experiences that everyone can enjoy.
Here are six exciting accessible travel experiences where you can get closer to nature, have an adrenaline rush, get a workout, or just learn something new.
Try Adaptive Sport Programs in Summer or Winter
Who says extreme sports and winter activities aren’t for everyone? Whistler Adaptive has turned this mountain resort into an accessible adventure for everyone. They have been around for over 20 years, and now they offer 18 different year-round, recreational programs. People with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities can enjoy all that Whistler has to offer like kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, cycling, and hiking.
Whistler Adaptive wants visitors to be able to “focus on their abilities rather than disabilities.” Find out more about the programs they have available next time you are visiting Whistler.
Hiking in BC
Vancouver, Victoria, & Whistler, BC
Looking to take a break from your city-style trip in Vancouver? Check out the Seymour Valley Trailway in North Vancouver. The 10-km path is paved and you can experience the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve in all its natural glory. Stop for a picnic along your hike and learn more about the area with natural-history interpretive signs.
While Vancouver Island is known for its dense forest and rugged terrain, it also has a number of accessible trails to enjoy. A couple that are in the Victoria area are The Galloping Goose Trail – which used to be a freight railway line in WWI and The Elsie King Trail – an 800-meter self-guided loop made up of wooden boardwalks and smooth gravel surfaces.
Just outside of Whistler Village, you will find The Valley Trail. With both paved and boardwalk surfaces, you can just relax through this hike and enjoy the incredible views and scenery.
Visit the CN Tower
Toronto is an exciting and diverse city. With its most recent renovations, the CN Tower is completely accessible. They are working to provide an experience that is even more barrier-free, but for now, enjoy floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows in the lookout area at 346 metres above the ground with no railings to block the view. If you have nerves of steel, you can also try the CN Tower Edgewalk, which has been accessible to all visitors since 2015!
Go up to the top of one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and see Toronto from a completely unique perspective.
Visit the Canada Science and Technology Museum
With over 7,400 m2 of space designed for pure discovery, the Canada Science and Technology Museum reopened its doors in 2017 after a three-year renovation. From locomotives to space exhibitions and everything in between, the Canada Science and technology Museum is a hands-on experience. Learn about the history of innovation in Canada and where it is going next – all based on curiosity and play.
The Canada Science and Technology Museum is the first national public institution to be accessibility gold certified in Canada. They have adapted both the building and their approach to make it accessible to all.
Hiking in Ontario
Ontario has a lot of different areas to explore and discover. Some are even just outside of Toronto – or close enough for a day trip. The Ontario Trails Council is committed to improved accessibility throughout the province. As a result, there are many accessible trails throughout the province. In the Toronto area, there are a lot of trails that are partially accessible, but some, like Beach Trail at Rouge Park, Betty Sutherland Trail, Bowmanville Harbour Conservation, Collingwood Waterfront Trail, Northern Ravines & Gardens, and so many more are fully accessible.
Fundy National Park
The east coast of Canada has so many different opportunities to experience the famous east coast hospitality as well as the gorgeous maritime setting. Experience the world’s highest tides and an incredible ocean adventure at Fundy National Park. From boardwalks to lookout points, a number of the trails and facilities are accessible including the heated saltwater pool.
While there is a lot of work that can be done, so many of Canada’s incredible attractions are accessible, which makes for an incredible travel experience anywhere in the country.