It is hard to describe the combination of urban coolness and colonial charm which combine to make up Canada’s most beguiling city. Montreal has beautiful historic architecture, stunning modern silhouettes and a vibrant, http://medicines4all.com, bustling port – all of which make it a wonderful city to visit.
At Can Be Done we have a wealth of experience organising disabled access holidays to Montreal, and we know all of the most accessible sights and locations, as well as some of the city’s most welcoming hotels.
It is a city our clients seem to love and I think that’s partly to do with these wonderful attractions which are easy to navigate, even for those with mobility issues.
There is no better way to discover the historic grandeur of the old quarter of this French-speaking city than to journey down the beautiful Old Port Promenade, known locally as the Vieux-Port. It is easy to visualise the city’s past as you travel down the smooth-surfaced bicycle route (perfect for wheelchair-users) past the historic colonial buildings along the banks of the St Lawrence River. Take time to check out the many statues lining your path or stop off for cool drinks and a spot of people watching in the many cafés and restaurants which line the two-kilometre route.
Historic buildings can often present a unique challenge on disabled access holidays, but the Montreal local government has done its best to make the beautiful 19th-century Basilica as accessible as possible to wheelchair users. A series of ramps allows entrance to the main chapel and one of the adjoining chapels so that visitors can marvel at the colourful interior and beautiful stained-glass windows inspired by France’s Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.
The Botanical Gardens
I always advise clients to visit the Botanical Gardens when in Montreal, and we often include it in our packages, as it is one of the city’s most beautiful and most accessible sights. With 10 greenhouses to explore and more than 22,000 species of plants, a tree pavilion and more than 20 gardens spread out over 75 hectares, it is easy to spend a whole day here, drinking in the beautiful, creative landscape. Ask for an accessibility map at the information centre when you arrive for the best route for wheelchair users, or else take the accessible train and sit back and enjoy the view.
A client once told me, on returning from a trip we’d organised for her to Canada, that you can’t really understand Canadians until you’ve attended an ice hockey match – one of the country’s favourite national pastimes. The Bell Centre is the home of the city’s NHL team the Canadiens, and with 58 accessible places it is a great place to catch a game.
With 30 years’ experience in organising disabled access holidays, we have a wealth of knowledge about the most accessible areas in cities like Montreal. We can build a holiday package for you to exactly fit your interests and specific needs.