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Find your next Great Lake destination with our list of accessible trails in Ontario

Published June 16, 2020

Going outside is one of the simplest pleasures life has to offer. It’s fun. It’s free. It’s freeing. It’s good for our physical and mental health. There’s something magical about being surrounded by the symphony of the forest amongst hundreds of thousands of leaves rustling, lilting birdsongs, babbling brooks.

    Trails are for everyone—including those with physical disabilities.

What to know about accessible trails in Ontario:

What makes a trail accessible?

  • Entrances with openings that are 85 centimeters to 1 meter wide
  • Detailed and legible signage at each trailhead
  • Widths of at least 1 meter and headroom clearances of 2.1 meters
  • Long, narrow openings at right angles to the direction of travel
  • Firm, stable surfaces with openings smaller than 2 centimeters so mobility devices can’t get stuck
  • Raised barriers next to water or drop-offs

Find out more about accessible recreational trails requirements in Ontario here.

Which trails in Ontario are fully accessible?

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Beach Trail at Rouge Park. Photo Credit: Lindi Osborne

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Coronation Park. Photo Credit: Andy Nystrom (Flickr: Link)

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Cherry blossoms in High Park. Photo Credit: The City of Toronto (Flickr: Link)

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Rattray Marsh boardwalk. Photo Credit: Joe deSousa (Flickr: Link)

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Ottawa River Pathway. Photo Credit: Douglas Sprott (Flickr: Link)

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Desjardins Canal, part of the Hamilton Harbour Waterfront Trail. Photo Credit: Tom Flemming (Flickr: Link)

Check out accessible beaches in Ontario here.

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