Sea Adventure in Glacier Bay, B.C.

Sea Adventure in Glacier Bay, B.C.

It’s always a bit risky taking a journey to a remote destination where accessibility may be in question.   But seven years after his accident, Steve Pisano, a T3-4 paraplegic, packed up his cameras and ventured to Alaska for an experience of a lifetime aboard the...

Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada

Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada

I spent three nights at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort in British Columbia, Canada while my wife attended business meetings there. From an accessibility standpoint, I would give this facility a grade of C+. It was obvious that the hotel has made some improvements in...

Montreal, Canada: Accessible Travel Guide

Montreal, Canada: Accessible Travel Guide

The city of Montreal in the Quebec Province is one of the most visited destinations in Canada with lots of friendly people. French is the most commonly spoken language here but nearly everyone also speaks English. Like many big cities, it is divided up into...

Montreal, Canada to NYC Train Travel Accessibility

Montreal, Canada to NYC Train Travel Accessibility

Using Amtrak you can take the train to travel in between New York City and Montreal, Canada, which takes approximately eleven hours. The Amtrak Adirondack Train Route is one of the most scenic train rides in the world, especially in the fall, which makes the time go...

Embassy Suites Hotel in Montreal, Canada

Embassy Suites Hotel in Montreal, Canada

The Embassy Suites Hotel is located a street away from the famous Notre Dame Cathedral on the edge of Old Montreal. Automatic doors greet you at the entrance followed by three lowered accessible check-in desks. The elevators to all rooms are around the corner next to...

Ontario, Canada Accessible Beach Resort

Ontario, Canada Accessible Beach Resort

Oasis by the Bay Vacation Resort is open year-round and is located in Wasaga Beach, Ontario is a subsidiary of E3 Community Services. This exciting four-season vacation concept was developed with special needs in mind and has much to offer in terms of its...

Montreal, Canada Westin Hotel

Montreal, Canada Westin Hotel

The Westin Hotel in Montreal, Canada is across the street from the Palace de Congress right by the popular tourist area called Old Montreal. It is also right next door to the Embassy Suites Hotel. Despite the ramp to the right of the main door, there is no accessible...

Montreal Transportation in Quebec, Canada

Montreal Transportation in Quebec, Canada

Overall, accessibility is an afterthought in Montreal. It is possible to navigate around Montreal but whether it be navigating the sidewalks and streets or using transportation challenges exists. For starters, the city has a number of hills that surround Mount Royal....

Québec, Canada Snowmobiling Tour

Québec, Canada Snowmobiling Tour

A snowmobiling holiday tour with Artic Adventure are usually seven days, six nights with four-days of snowmobiling guaranteed in the regions of Lanaudière and Laurentides of Quebec, Canada. It begins and ends at the Montreal International Airport in which...

Toronto, Canada Accessible Travel Overview

Toronto, Canada Accessible Travel Overview

Toronto is a cosmopolitan centre offering culture, shopping, sports, and much to see and do when traveling with a wheelchair. It’s Canada's largest city, the Province of Ontario's capital, and the fourth-largest city in North America - and apparently, a place the...

Vancouver, Canada Accessible Attractions

Vancouver, Canada Accessible Attractions

I love Vancouver. The sustainable design of the city filled with friendly, diverse people makes it a model city of the future. From a postman to a Muslim businessman, I had the pleasure of really talking with a several locals, all warm, welcoming and just a joy to be...

Toronto, Canada: See & Do Accessible Attractions

Toronto, Canada: See & Do Accessible Attractions

While getting around may prove challenging, thankfully most of the attractions in Toronto offer some degree of access. I couldn’t possibly tell you about everything there is to do in the city. Just thinking about what there is to do in Toronto makes me think I have...

Toronto, Canada: Accessible Public & Private Transportation

Toronto, Canada: Accessible Public & Private Transportation

Getting around Toronto, Canada is probably the biggest challenge facing many travellers who use a wheelchair. Driving in or renting a vehicle will provide the most options although you will have to deal with our notorious gridlock. I have read (but haven’t verified)...

Toronto, Canada: Accessible Hotels with Access

Toronto, Canada: Accessible Hotels with Access

If you're in Toronto to see the main sights, you will probably want to stay at a downtown hotel, especially if you don't have a vehicle. If you are planning on wheeling or TTC’g it, look for a hotel between roughly Front (in the south) and Bloor Streets (in the...

Toronto, Canada: Accessible Dining Restaurants

Toronto, Canada: Accessible Dining Restaurants

Bon Appetite! Toronto is the "land of plenty" when it comes to dining out. Half of Toronto's population was born outside of Canada so plan on enjoying some good food during your stay. You can eat your way around the world in Toronto. However, our abundant restaurants...

Toronto, Canada: Wheeling Streets & Sidewalks

Toronto, Canada: Wheeling Streets & Sidewalks

The summer is the top tourist season but our weather makes travelling in three of four seasons viable for the wheelchair user. (I personally would pass on winter unless it’s a work trip! Go south I say.) If you stay downtown you may find that wheeling is the best way...

Toronto, Canada: Accessible Shopping Areas

Toronto, Canada: Accessible Shopping Areas

Toronto is a shopping destination. The first store on my list would be the highly unusual, IZ Adaptive, owned by Canadian fashion designer, Izzy Camilleri. Izzy has dressed actors including Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, and Mark Walberg but now her passion is...

Toronto, Canada: Accessible Sports & Entertainment Venues

Toronto, Canada: Accessible Sports & Entertainment Venues

Toronto attracts top talent from around the country and the world. Sit back and enjoy a game, show, or concert or two while you are here. All major live entertainment venues provide wheelchair access, including washrooms and possibly some parking (check each website)....

Toronto, Canada Accessible Sightseeing-Tours

Toronto, Canada Accessible Sightseeing-Tours

Tours offer slim picking for the wheelchair traveller. Walking tours may provide another option. Walkto.ca advertises that two of its tours, Nutshell and Toronto the Green, are “fully wheelchair accessible.” In addition, this City Sightseeing Tour Company has at least...

Tour Bus Whistler, British Columbia is Accessible

Tour Bus Whistler, British Columbia is Accessible

At 8am the West Coast Sightseeing Tour Bus arrived at the hotel. The back of the bus had a lift to transport people in wheelchairs inside. Only one wheelchair per tour is able to participate because there is only one set of locking mechanisms. Once the driver secured...

Vancouver, B.C.: The Sea Bus

Vancouver, B.C.: The Sea Bus

The SeaBus in Vancouver connects passengers from the Downtown Waterfront Station to the Lonsdale Quay Station in North Vancouver. The SeaBus runs every 15 minutes during the day and every 30...

Bus System in Victoria, B.C.

Bus System in Victoria, B.C.

The Victoria Regional Transit System, or the bus, is an easy and convenient way to get around Victoria for a wheelchair traveler. All buses are wheelchair accessible and at each bus stop you'll see the universal symbol. If your bus is approaching then try to make...

Vancouver: River Rock Casino Resort

Vancouver: River Rock Casino Resort

My sister-in-law and I just returned from a wonderful six-day trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where we stayed at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond for the second time. The River Rock is...

Vancouver, British Columbia: Accessible Restaurants

Vancouver, British Columbia: Accessible Restaurants

Vancouver, British Columbia has a plethora of restaurants, cafes, eateries, bars and such to dine and snack all over the city, but just to get you started, here's a list to place to try that have wheelchair...

Westjet Airline in Canada Makes Flying A Little Easier

Westjet Airline in Canada Makes Flying A Little Easier

My traveling requires that I spend a lot of time in airports and in airplanes. A little pre-planning can make the entire experience a lot easier, especially for Canadians flying with Westjet. In the last 18 months I have flown twelve times on Westjet aircraft. Prior...

Vancouver, British Columbia: SkyTrain

Vancouver, British Columbia: SkyTrain

Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada has a great public transportation for getting around the metro area for those in wheelchairs. One of the wheelchair accessible options in Vancouver is...

Vancouver, B.C. Bus System Access

Vancouver, B.C. Bus System Access

Canada's Vancouver has a great public transportation system to get around the area for wheelchair users. The most common way to get around town is by bus. Bus stops all over the city and will get...

Boat Travel: Vancouver, B.C. to Victoria, B.C.

Boat Travel: Vancouver, B.C. to Victoria, B.C.

One the easiest and popular ways to get between Vancouver and Victoria in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada is by the BC Ferries. Grandmothers take it across for a day trip to have lunch, as I overheard on my...

Boat Ride from Victoria, B.C. to Seattle, WA

Boat Ride from Victoria, B.C. to Seattle, WA

Victoria, B.C. to Seattle, WA - The Clipper Ferry is quick to travel between Victoria, B.C. and Seattle. In 2011, I took the Clipper from Victoria to Seattle which took a little over 2.5 hours compared to 4 hours by train. In this part of the world...

Amtrack Train Ride: Seattle, WA to Vancouver, B.C.

Amtrack Train Ride: Seattle, WA to Vancouver, B.C.

To get to Vancouver, B.C. without flying from California you have to either take a bus from Seattle or the Amtrack Cascades Train; the Amtrak Coast Starlight Train does not continue past Seattle. A bus can...

USA and Canada Accessible Snow Skiing

USA and Canada Accessible Snow Skiing

The following is a growing list of adapted snow skiing companies in both the United States and Canada that make this enjoyable winter activity accessible. Please add a company not listed by writing a comment in...

Wheelchair Taxi Cabs in Victoria, British Columbia

Wheelchair Taxi Cabs in Victoria, British Columbia

Yellow Cab of Victoria, B.C. has a wheelchair accessible taxi. It has a spot in the back for one wheelchair. A ramp lowers down and then the wheelchair is strapped down. There is a seatbelt too, which like the straps is secured by the driver. It's up to the...

Vancouver, British Columbia: Accessible Taxis

Vancouver, British Columbia: Accessible Taxis

Wheelchair accessible taxis in Vancouver, B.C. include access for one wheelchair the in back of the van. The wheelchair is then secured down with two straps in the front and back. Here's a few different taxi cab...

Wheelchair Accessible Hostel in Vancouver, B.C.

Wheelchair Accessible Hostel in Vancouver, B.C.

Located in a residential neighborhood on the west end of Downtown Vancouver is a wheelchair accessible hostel (HI-Vancouver Downtown). The neighborhood itself is quiet but filled with independent shops and...

Wheelchair Accessible British Columbia, Canada

Wheelchair Accessible British Columbia, Canada

There are plenty of good reasons why British Columbia is touted as being “The Best Place on Earth." Firstly, Vancouver, British Columbia is the third largest metropolitan city in Canada which is not only known for its beautiful landscape and majestic Coast Mountains...

Victoria, British Columbia Accessible Travel Tips

Victoria, British Columbia Accessible Travel Tips

I did not have much time in Victoria. By the time I got to the hotel it was near three o’clock and my body was tired of sitting up, so I took a necessary half hour to lie down and recharge my body.  The day was slipping away and so did my plans to visit the...

Come Visit St. John, New Brunswick in Canada

Come Visit St. John, New Brunswick in Canada

When you reach St. John, New Brunswick the ship will dock right in the centre; you'll be able to see a good majority of one of North America's oldest port cities from the boat deck. There is often a craft market which opens just outside the cruise terminal, the best...

Vancouver, Canada: Accessible Places to Stay

Vancouver, Canada: Accessible Places to Stay

A number of wheelchair friendly hotels are located in the Downtown Vancouver Area of British Columbia, Canada. Of course specific access features do vary but overall these are good recommendations to start with. You can even find a wheelchair accessible hostel in...

Queen Victoria Hotel & Suites in Victoria, B.C.

Queen Victoria Hotel & Suites in Victoria, B.C.

Victoria, B.C. - At the last minute I decided to stay overnight in Victoria instead of making a day trip. I changed my hotel reservations and called Orbitz at midnight the night before to find a hotel in Victoria. This kind of planning I never recommend for a...

Vancouver, Canada: Pan Pacific Hotel

Vancouver, Canada: Pan Pacific Hotel

My parents and I recently had the pleasure of staying at the beautiful 4-star luxury Pan Pacific Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada for one night before departing on a cruise to Alaska.  I had heard and...

Interesting Weekend in Toronto

Interesting Weekend in Toronto

Just returned from an "interesting" long weekend in Toronto.  We had reservations for a wheelchair accessible room at the Hilton in the Theater district, which I made in May.  When we tried to check in, guess what?  No wheelchair accessible room...

Flying with a Wheelchair

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