Accessible activities

Parks Canada offers a variety of accessible activities. Watch bison graze through low-lying valleys, or relax in healing mineral hot springs. Explore history through tactile and visual displays, or splash around in the ocean with the help of a buoyant wheelchair. Be inspired by these suggestions or check the website of the place you want to visit for more options.

A family with accessibility needs enjoys a swim in the ocean with a beach wheelchair at Stanhope Beach.

Prince Edward Island National Park

Location : Prince Edward Island

Thanks to supervised swimming, buoyant beach chairs and mobility mats, all visitors can get right in the water and enjoy the waves.

Get right in the waves with the help of our buoyant wheelchairs at Stanhope Beach. Feel the ocean breeze by using the mobility mats that stretch from the beach entrance to the waters edge—perfect for strollers and wheelchairs.

Don’t want to go for a swim? Dip your toes in the water at Brackley Beach, and Cavendish Campground. Make sure to borrow one of our beach wheelchairs, fully equipped with full, soft tires perfect for navigating the uneven sand.

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One of the Cabot Trail lookouts.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Location : Nova Scotia

Discover the world-famous Cabot Trail. This road hugs the Cape Breton coastline and allows a barrier-free journey to each breathtaking viewpoint.

Take a walk on the accessible Freshwater Lake trail or follow the ramp out on to the cobblestones to look out over the ocean.

Feeling hungry after exploring? Visit the Chéticamp or Ingonish Beach day use areas and enjoy a snack at our kitchen shelter or accessible picnic tables.

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The Kellys beach boardwalk.

Kouchibouguac National Park

Location : New Brunswick

For a day-adventure, explore the golden sands and crystal waters of Kellys beach! You can borrow an all-terrain wheelchair to better navigate this terrain. Stop by the wheelchair friendly visitor centre and explore the exhibits on display.

When the sun goes down, an infinity of stars awakens this Dark-Sky Preserve. Gaze at the dark ocean and see the stars shine above!

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The Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse at Gros Morne National Park.

Gros Morne National Park

Location : Newfoundland and Labrador

Discover Newfoundland’s soaring fjords and rugged mountains. Dig deep into this site’s fascinating geology at the fully accessible discovery centre!

Spend the day exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site and stop by one of the many accessible day use areas for a bite to eat!

After you’re done exploring, take a dip at the wheelchair-friendly Rocky Harbour Recreation Complex!

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An adult in a wheelchair on a mobility mat on a sandy beach with kayaks, a pedal boat, and sandstone cliffs and in the background.

Forillon National Park

Enjoy all the pleasures of a day at the beach at Penouille! Borrow a wheelchair specifically designed for swimming in the sea, or lounge on the sand with a mobility mat that makes it easier for people with reduced mobility to move across sand.

Want to explore further? Head out on the accessible trail and explore a salt marsh and a small wooded area to the end of Penouille sand spit. Stop for a break to enjoy the peace and serenity at the picnic area and service building.

Note: Access to Penouille can be a challenge for some people as there is a slope with a 10% difference in elevation. It is possible to borrow a specialized cart in order to cross this slope safely.

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A family walks towards Lac Témiscamingue.

Obadjiwan-Fort-Témiscamingue National Historic Site

Travel back to the fur trade and explore the complex history of this time at the fully accessible OBADJIWAN exhibition.

Pack a lunch to enjoy on the peaceful shores of Lake Témiscamingue. Picnic areas are accessible and there are access ramps down to the pebble beach.

Learn more about accessibility at Obadjiwan-Fort-Témiscamingue National Historic Site

Le Passage lookout, accessible installation at La Mauricie National Park, offers an amazing view of the Wapizagonke lake.  

La Mauricie National Park

Venture through the Parkway and admire the spectacular rolling, forested hills and sparkling lakes. Make sure to stop to enjoy the moment at the numerous accessible lookouts and picnic areas. Head to Édouard Lake and splash around at the beach! Borrow a wheelchair specifically designed for swimming, or lounge on the sand with universal access mats.

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Two visitors whale watching from the shore at Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park.

Saguenay—St. Lawrence Marine Park Marine Environment Discovery Centre

Discover the secrets of what lies beneath the waves in one of North America’s most beautiful underwater environments! See if you can spot some whales! From the gravel parking lot to the main building, a barrier-free trail makes everything accessible to explore.

Learn more about accessibility at the Marine Environment Discovery Centre

Two visitors, one of whom is in a wheelchair, do birdwatching at Point Pelee National Park.

Point Pelee National Park

Journey to the southernmost point of mainland Canada! Learn about the annual visits of migratory birds and monarch butterflies with close-captioned theatre programs at the visitor centre. The Tip and its exhibit area are also wheelchair accessible.

Pack a snack and visit our accessible picnic tables at the Blue Heron picnic site and Northwest Beach for a view of the waters up close.

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An interpreter showing a visitor animal furs.

Pukaskwa National Park

Discover the rich history and vibrant living culture of the Anishinaabe First Nations by exploring the Anishinaabe Camp. The wigwam and cooking shelter are accessible for people using a wheelchair and the tipi can be made accessible by moving the canvas to the side; just ask a staff member for assistance!

Immerse yourself in the beauty of this protected land on the shores of Lake Superior. All the buildings in Pukaskwa are accessible. Adventure awaits!

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A costumed animator guides visitors on a tour outside the Southwest Bastion.

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

Location : Manitoba

Explore this historic place home to fur trappers and traders of the Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1800s! Experience one of the best collections of early stone buildings in Western Canada.

The Visitor Reception Centre is accessible and some of the heritage buildings are accessible with ramps or elevators. All pathways on the historic site are gravel and a shuttle bus is available on request.

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Family walking over a boardwalk in summer near Battle Creek.

Fort Walsh National Historic Site

Location : Saskatchewan

Travel back to the 1870s and learn about the fort of the North-West Mounted Police and explore barrier-free historic buildings. Hear Métis legends handed down through generations and learn traditional crafts and skills!

Learn more about accessibility at Fort Walsh National Historic Site

Visitor at Summit Monument in Rogers Pass.

Glacier National Park

Location : British Columbia

Explore the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre. You’ll find barrier free theatre, gift shop and interpretive exhibits.

Head to the accessible picnic area at the summit of Rogers Pass for a bite to eat after a day of exploring.

Discover the Hemlock Grove Interpretive Boardwalk and experience the magnificent rainforest. This accessible trail honours Rick Hansen, who climbed the western approach of the Rogers Pass in his wheelchair during his Man in Motion World Tour.

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The Meadows in the Sky Parkway.

Mount Revelstoke National Park

Location : British Columbia

Take a drive up Mount Revelstoke, one of the few places in Western Canada where you can nearly drive to the top of a mountain on a paved road! View the breathtaking scenery and discover the vivid wildflowers which bloom along the Meadows in the Sky Parkway.

Stop for a picnic and enjoy the pristine rugged beauty of the snow-capped mountains at the accessible Monashee Viewpoint or at Balsam Lake.

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The Radar Hill view point.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Location : British Columbia

Embark on a voyage of discovery at the accessible Kwisitis Visitor Centre to learn the rich culture of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. Relax on the deck and watch waves meet this sandy beach.

Pack a picnic and soak up that west coast beauty. Accessible washrooms and picnic areas are available at Wickaninnish Beach, Long Beach and Radar Hill Viewpoint.

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Three adults walk along an accessible path at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites.

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

Location : British Columbia

Enjoy GPS triggered stops to tour through a 19th-century artillery fortress and the oldest lighthouse on Canada's west coast. Be touched by the personal stories of soldiers and lighthouse keepers.

Check out "At the Ready: an accessible guided tour" and learn about the physical accessibility and interpretive information at the site. The locations of rest areas, accessible washrooms, ramps, and wheelchair-friendly picnic tables are also included in the information for each stop.

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Miette Hot Springs located in Jasper National Park.

Canadian Rockies Hot Springs

Location : British Columbia and Alberta

Relax and let the healing power of the mineral hot springs take away the stress of daily life. Submersible wheelchairs make Radium, Miette and Banff Upper Hot Springs all barrier-free. It’s time to relax and let this tranquil place work its magic.

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A couple with a Parks Canada guide near an interpretive exhibit about bison.

Wood Buffalo National Park

Location : Alberta and Northwest Territories

Watch with wonder as herds of bison graze in Canada’s largest national park. Learn more about the incredible work done to protect the last herds of bison in northern Canada at our wheelchair accessible interpretive exhibits.

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The road at the A’ay Chu Valley.

Kluane National Park and Reserve

Location : Yukon

Take in the amazing views at the Thechàl Dhâl Visitor Centre. If you’re lucky you might even spot some Dall Sheep! In Haines Junction, the Da Kų Cultural Centre features award-winning digital exhibits, cultural artifacts and hands-on activities. Visitors can enjoy a stunning, close-captioned video that will pull you in to the fascinating world of the park. Both visitor centres are accessible.

Explore the Kokanee Trail at Kathleen Lake Day Use Area, a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk that skirts the edge of the lake. Follow interpretive signs to learn about the life cycle of the salmon who live here! Enjoy a picnic at the shelter with wheelchair-friendly tables.

Learn more about accessibility at Kluane National Park and Reserve

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