The beautiful country of Canada has so much to offer with its stretches of unspoilt wilderness and vibrant urban cities, that it really is a holiday destination that has it all. But most importantly, as a nation, Canada is all about inclusivity and has worked hard to ensure that accessibility is at the forefront of planning across the country. This makes it a fantastic place for those looking to book disabled holidays with friends or family.
At Can Be Done we regularly hear back from our clients that the holidays we’ve arranged for them to Canada have been refreshingly easy to manage, so I thought I’d pass on their many recommendations for destinations across Canada to you.
Often used in TV shows and movies as a double for New York, Toronto has its own east-coast charm, being a lot more laid back and friendly than its American neighbour. As a modern, bustling North American city it has the kind of wide pavements and accessibility you would expect, with a range of great sights including the CN Tower, Lake Ontario and the nearby Niagara Falls. There are a range of fully accessible hotels in the city centre which my team and I can recommend. They all put you at the heart of this fun, lively, cultural city.
A UNESCO City of Design, Montreal is a visual treat for visitors and very accessible to wheelchair users and those with a variety of disabilities. The city’s many galleries and cultural centres are all adapted to wheelchair users as are the wide pavements and public buildings.
Probably the most scenic of Canada’s cities, Quebec with its colonial waterfront buildings and stunning architecture is a treat to explore. Culture lovers will find plenty to enthral them in the city’s accessible galleries, theatres and exhibition centres.
Famously the host of the Canadian Winter Olympics back in 1988, Calgary is the gateway to many winter and summer mountain sports. Don’t be put off, thinking that the city has nothing to offer in terms of disabled holidays, however, as many of the activities have been adapted for those with disabilities who crave extreme adventure.
Banff National Park
Set in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Banff National Park offers access to the stunning wilderness which makes up most of Canada’s west coast. A popular spot for hiking and outdoor adventures, my team at Can Be Done will help you find a range of activities in the park suitable to your specific needs.
The Rocky Mountaineer Train
For anyone with mobility issues who wants to see the beautiful wilderness of the Rocky Mountains, I always recommend the Rocky Mountaineer Train. Departing from Banff with a stopover at Lake Louise and in Kamloops (we can arrange accessible hotels at both locations), this is one of the world’s most dramatic and scenic train journeys through a breath-taking landscape.
A modern city with an accessible centre, the coastal city of Vancouver on the shores of the Pacific, is a great place to finish your Canadian adventure. Enjoy the laidback west-coast vibe and café culture of Canada’s ‘coolest’ city.
Whether you want us to arrange a visit to one of these amazing Canadian locations or a tour by train and air that takes them all in, we at Can Be Done can create a Canadian holiday experience with memories you’ll treasure for a lifetime.