Accessible trails

Parks Canada offers a variety of accessible trails for visitors with varying degrees of mobility. Be inspired by any of these suggestions or check the website of the place you want to visit for more options.

The Kellys Beach boardwalk trail.

Kellys Beach Boardwalk

Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick

Length: 2.4 km return

Surface type: Boardwalk

An easy accessible stroll along the boardwalk over the barrier island dunes with interpretive signs and stunning views across Kellys beach and the sea.

A man in a wheelchair and a woman walking on the Gulf Shore Way East Trail. A cyclist travels in the opposite direction.

Gulf Shore Way East

Prince Edward Island National Park, Prince Edward Island

Length: 24.4 km return

Surface type: Paved and flat

This multi-use trail runs along the coast from Dalvay Gate all the way to Brackley Beach! Take in the beautiful views of sand dunes, salt marshes and forests from a whole new point-of-view! Completely paved and relatively flat, this trail is perfect for cyclists, hikers, rollerbladers and individuals in wheelchairs.

Gulf Shore Way West

Prince Edward Island National Park, Prince Edward Island

Length: 17 km return

Surface type: Paved with moderate hills

Just a stone’s throw away from Green Gables Heritage Place, Gulf Shore Way West is a beautiful paved trail. From Cavendish to North Rustico, hike, bike or roll your way alongside a stunning coastline of red sandstone cliffs as you admire the crashing waves! Want to cool off after your journey? Dip your toes in the ocean at Cavendish Beach, which offers accessible beach access, washrooms and beach wheelchairs!

The Bog trail at Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Bog Boardwalk

Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia

Length: 0.5 km loop

Surface type: Boardwalk

Drive up the steep winding Cabot Trail overlooking the rugged coastline to find this short but beautiful trail at the top of French Mountain. Follow the boardwalk over carpets of moss and groves of wildflowers. Make your way around scattered ponds as you explore this highland bog. Learn more about the life cycle and complexity of the bog beneath the boardwalk and its importance to the fragile ecosystem here through self-guided interpretive panels.

Two young visitors, including one in a wheelchair, hike the accessible Freshwater Lake Trail.

Freshwater Lake Trail

Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia

Length: 1.7 km return

Surface type: Boardwalk

Stroll along the ocean and listen for the unique sounds of the loon. Maybe you’ll even spot one from the viewing deck!

Western Brook Pond

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador

Length: 6 km return

Surface type: Hard packed fine gravel and boardwalks

Make sure you bring a lunch to enjoy as you take in the incredible landscape surrounding this trail. Keep an eye out for the interesting pitcher plant, the provincial flower of Newfoundland and Labrador and one of Canada’s few carnivorous plants! At the end of the trail, enjoy the unspoiled views out to the fjords. Want to get out on the water? Join a boat tour (wheelchairs can be stored safely on board) to sail past billion year-old cliffs and cascading 2000-foot-high waterfalls. An all-terrain wheelchair can be borrowed from the visitor centre if needed.

Prélude-à-Forillon Trail

 Forillon National Park

Length: 0.5 km loop

Surface type: Wooden boardwalk and packed fine gravel

Discover the beauty that Forillon has to offer. Travel a wooded area and walk along the sea as you take in the view of majestic cliffs. Explore the various multi-sensory interpretation modules, specifically designed to consider people with physical and visual limitations.

Two aduts, one who is in a wheelchair walk along a gravel trail with a lighthouse, two visitors, and Parks Canada red chairs in the background.

Du Banc Trail

 Forillon National Park

Length: 4 km return

Surface type: Hard surface with packed gravel

Walk along the sea and enjoy a view of the famous Forillon cliffs and marvel at the Cap-des-Rosiers lighthouse. Extend your outdoor adventure and stop for a picnic at the rest area, equipped with a wheelchair accessible picnic table. Take a break at the Irish Memorial (Carricks), erected in memory of some one hundred passengers who drowned off Cap-des-Rosiers in 1847.

Cap de Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre Trail

Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

Length: 700 m return

Surface type: Trail and boardwalk with some steep slopes

Plan a picnic and an easy wander along the main trail and boardwalk, which leads directly to the look-out over the marine park. Settle down with a sandwich and some binoculars and get ready for a magical afternoon. Your family will love spotting pods of whales out on the water. Need help identifying the marine life close to shore? No worries, let our guides help you!

La Lumière Trail

Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

Length: 2.2 km return

Surface type: Boardwalk and gravel

Illuminating times await when you follow this all-access trail to the historic lighthouse on Petite île au Marteau. Imagine living in the lighthouse and helping save ships from crashing onto the shores! The trail is composed mostly of fine gravel, with a wooden boardwalk to compensate for uneven terrain. The trail’s surface can pose a challenge for narrow wheels, however Parks Canada can provide you a wheelchair with large tires on request. This island is only accessible by boat. We encourage you to confirm accessibility details when making your reservation with one of Parks Canada’s recognized boat operators.

Family walking boardwalk to Horseshoe Beach.

Boardwalk Beach Trail

Pukaskwa National Park

Length: 1.2 km return

Surface type: Packed gravel and boardwalk

Immerse yourself in the boreal forest tucked against the northeast shores of Lake Superior. The water-smoothed granite rocks here are amongst some of the oldest on earth. Take the Boardwalk Beach Trail from Hattie Cove Campground to arrive at idyllic Horseshoe Bay. From the lookout, you’ll be rewarded with terrific views over the beach and out to Lake Superior. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the water before heading back. On the way, take in gnarled, windswept spruce and pine.

Marsh Boardwalk Trail

Point Pelee National Park

Length: 1 km loop

Surface type: Boardwalk

See how many painted turtles, red-winged blackbirds or cattails you can count as you stroll the floating boardwalk. Take a close look at the most diverse habitat in the park.

Rains Point Trail: A  path that leads into the forest.

Rains Point Trail

Fort St Joseph National Historic Site

Length: 0.5 km return

Surface type: Packed dirt and crushed leaves

Everyone can enjoy this trail that winds through the forest to the site of an old settlement dating back to 1837. No buildings remain, but you can admire the fragrant lilacs and roses which were planted near the limestone beach on the shores of Lake Huron.

A family enjoying a picnic.

Valleyview Easy Loop Trail

Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan

Length: 400 m return

Surface type: Packed fine gravel

Pack up lunch and make your way along this fully-accessible trail to the Valleyview picnic site. Enjoy the sweeping views over the curving river which snakes its way through the valley.

A shuttle picks up a family by the church.

Humboldt Trail

Batoche National Historic Site, Saskatchewan

Make it a ‘hike and ride’ on the Batoche shuttle which opens up this historic site to all visitors. Get on board the open-sided, fully accessible ride to discover the story of the site of Louis Riel’s provisional government of Saskatchewan, and the bloody battle of 1885. All areas are accessible with the exception of certain parts of the cemetery.

Ominnik Marsh

Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba

Length: 1.9 km

Surface type: Boardwalk 

From bulrushes to beavers, Ominnik Marsh has it all! Listen to the marsh come alive as you follow along the floating boardwalk. Explore deeper and visit Friends of Riding Mountain to rent a Marsh Kit.

Hemlock Grove Boardwalk trail

Glacier National Park, British Columbia

Length: 350 m loop

Surface type: Boardwalk

This trail was developed as a legacy of Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion World Tour, during which he climbed the western approach to Rogers Pass in his wheelchair. A short barrier-free boardwalk means everyone can experience the beauty of the rainforest on this immersive, easy hike that is open during the snow-free months.

A paved trail runs along Lake Annette with mountains in the background.

The Lee Trail, Lake Annette

Jasper National Park, Alberta

Length: 2.4 km loop

Surface type: Paved, but includes steep sections

The wheelchair friendly Lee Trail follows around the perimeter of beautiful Lake Annette. The trail was recently widened and paved, and features brand new interpretive signage. It's a perfect family pick. Certain sections of this trail have a fairly steep incline (maximum 8%).

Kokanee Trail

Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon

Length: 1 km return

Surface type: Boardwalk

Soak up spectacular views of towering mountains and crystal clear waters from the shore of Kathleen Lake as you follow the Kokanee Trail along an accessible boardwalk. Learn about the kokanee salmon who live in the lake and enjoy the view from one of the benches along the way.

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