Nature for All! Accessible Trails in Vancouver

Wally Ross Obstacle Free Trail Photo: Rob Weiss

Hiking definitely requires full mobility, or maybe it doesn’t!Β  Recently, while exploring the delightful network of pathways in Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest, I came to a junction at the Wally Ross Trail. Immediately I noticed the Obstacle Free Trail sign. Intrigued, I ventured out along the boardwalk, deeper into the forest. Created as a universal access trail and specifically for users who may have varying physical abilities the Wally Ross route provides relatively safe access for all. How fantastic; a nature trail designed to be navigated independently by those who may be wheel-chair bound. Nature for everyone! Curious, I wondered how many other local trails were constructed with accessibility in mind.

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Nature for All! Accessible Trails in Vancouver

Top 5 Vancouver Parks for Strollers & Wheelchairs

Paved walkways perfect for wheels at Queen Elizabeth Park Quarry Garden. Photo: Dana Lynch

As the mother of a one-year old, I’m always looking for places to take the kid. When the weather is gorgeous, one of Vancouver’s beautiful parks should be the ideal day trip. But not all of Vancouver’s great outdoor spaces are stroller- or wheelchair-friendly. And there’s nothing more disappointing than reaching your destination only to realize that you can’t actually do anything while there.

So I’ve compiled a quick list of the Top 5 Best Vancouver Parks for Strollers & Wheelchairs:

1. Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park is the perfect wheelchair- and stroller-accessible park. Not only can you wind your way through both its quarry gardens on wheels (there are even wheelchair symbols painted on the pathways to guide you), you can enjoy the top of the park, too, including the dancing fountains and Bloedel Floral Conservatory.

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Top 5 Vancouver Parks for Strollers & Wheelchairs