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

On Wheels: Sightseeing in Vancouver Without Walking

On board the Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tour

When my father-in-law visits Vancouver, we have to be mindful about where we do our sightseeing: He simply can’t walk well. That means a lot of the traditional “things to do in Vancouver” are off-limits: no biking the seawall or walking into the low tide on Spanish Banks or hiking the famous Grouse Grind.

But you don’t have to walk to have fun and see the best of Vancouver. These are some of my favourite options for touring Vancouver for people with mobility issues or wheelchairs (or who just don’t want to walk).

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On Wheels: Sightseeing in Vancouver Without Walking

A Vancouver Moment: Waiting for the bus

Photo: Tourism Vancouver

Everyone knows that Vancouver is the darling of the international pollsters, holding a top spot on both the Economist’s World’s Most Livable City index and Mercer’s annual Quality of Living survey.   But for those who live here, it’s not always roses and sunshine.  There are the taxes, sky-high real estate prices and of course that famous Vancouver weather.  Plus, as the city grows into an international playground for the globe’s rich and mobile , many worry that it’s slowing losing the close-knit community feel that once defined life here.

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A Vancouver Moment: Waiting for the bus