September 27, 2023
The place to go for barrier-free and accessible tenting in Ontario

Not less than 76 of Ontario’s 110 provincial parks provide at the very least one accessible campsite—and plenty of have two or extra, alongside different options to make an out of doors expertise barrier-free. Whereas accessible tenting could look totally different for everybody, Ontario Parks considers a barrier-free campsite to have stage floor (to and from the location), a close-by water supply and/or consolation station, a 25-cm excessive campfire pit, a stage parking spot, and an accessible picnic desk.

Should you don’t have a tent or can’t use one, there are a variety of accessible roofed lodging at varied parks with stage floor or ramps round them. Many parks want to be extra inclusive—reminiscent of major places of work, entrance cubicles, and exercise centres—by altering or eradicating present obstacles. Although there are various parks for accessible tenting, these particular locations have options to maintain in your radar:

Finlayson Level Provincial Park close to Temagami

Accessible campsite and cabin

We highlighted Finlayson in a latest piece about hidden gem parks all through the province. Along with being a ravishing, quieter possibility in Northern Ontario (it’s about two hours from Sudbury), Finlayson gives an accessible campsite and roofed lodging with the country Temagami Fireplace Cabin.

Windy Lake Provincial Park close to Sudbury 

Two accessible campsites, accessible yurt

Yurts are a novel strategy to have an accessible tenting expertise whereas nonetheless being sheltered from the weather, and Windy Lake gives an possibility along with its two campsites. Should you’re visiting for the day, one of many accessible day-use areas additionally has a personal rental part so to safe your spot.

Pinery Provincial Park close to Grand Bend 

4 accessible campsites, two accessible yurts 

Pinery is a wonderful all-around selection for an accessible out of doors journey, with 4 barrier-free campsites and two barrier-free yurts. The park’s customer centre, out of doors theatre, tools rental constructing, and canoe dock are additionally accessible, along with just a few stunning trails.

MacGregor Level Provincial Park close to Port Elgin

Two accessible campsites, accessible yurt

This underrated park close to the stunning group of Port Elgin has an accessible yurt and two websites in its Algonquin Campground. The consolation stations, customer’s centre, and the favored Huron Fringe Path are additionally barrier-free.

Bonnechere Provincial Park close to Killaloe 

Accessible campsite

A gem within the Ottawa Valley, Bonnechere could solely have one accessible campsite however nearly each construction and have—from the park workplace to every picnic desk—is accessible and wheelchair pleasant. 

Awenda Provincial Park close to Midland

Six accessible campsites

Every one of many campgrounds at Awenda has a barrier-free website, leaving six nice choices for accessible tenting. All consolation stations and stand-alone washrooms are accessible, as is the park’s amphitheatre (the place they run nice summer season interpretive packages). 

Bronte Creek Provincial Park close to Oakville

Two accessible campsites

A simple-to-get-to possibility within the GTA, Bronte Creek has two barrier-free websites out there, and all of their washroom amenities are accessible, as is the favored Maiden’s Blush path, which is extremely attractive when the autumn colors hit. 

Algonquin Provincial Park 

5 accessible campsites

As one of many province’s largest and hottest parks, it’s all the time a good suggestion to take a look at Algonquin as an possibility for any out of doors journey. 5 of its campgrounds have accessible websites and adjoining washroom amenities. The Logging Museum and East Seaside Pavillion even have accessible washrooms. 

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Ramp descending to the waterfront.
Staircase at the lake
woman in a wheelchair on a hike