Accessibility on the Sunshine CoastWhether by car, bicycle, skateboard or wheelchair getting to and around the Sunshine Coast is made easy for everyone.
BC Ferries provides daily scheduled sailings to Langdale and Lund with parking, ramp and elevator access for those with mobility issues. After a scenic cruise travellers can follow the Purple Banners along the main highway directing them to local art galleries and artisan workshops. There are a variety of coffee shops and eateries serving up organic goodness that provide paved walkways and accessibility aids for people with difficulty with stairs or uneven terrain.
Shops and restaurants with designated parking stalls for people with accessibility issues are located along main routes and are open year round. There is a large selection of accommodations to suit any budget. Visit the Sunshine Coast Bed & Breakfast, Cottages Owner’s Association for a list of accessible cottages and B&B’s.
Children and parents alike will enjoy the Coast’s two accessible playgrounds, Shirley Macey Park, Gibsons and Rotary Park, Sechelt.
The Inland Lake Forest Provincial Park and Trail System are located 12 kilometers north of Powell River and are a must see. The park has excellent camping, fishing, boating and outdoors oriented activities and provides basic facilities for both disabled and able bodied persons. The 12 kilometer wheelchair accessible circuit includes 8 picnic/rest areas, 4 overnight camping areas and 6 fishing piers. The trail is a crushed limestone covered pathway with minimal grades. Small, rustic log cabins are located at the overnight campsite areas. The cabins are reserved for disabled persons but can be utilized by able bodied parties if available.
Visit Hidden Groves Ancient Forest and experience the variety of old growth trees and the ambiance of a true West Coast Forest. The “take it easy trail” is wheel chairs or walker accessible.
Enjoy a picnic lunch at Cliff Gilker Park located just off Hwy 101. The parks trail system has colour coded hiking routes taking you through forests and walking over creeks observing waterfalls. The viewing platform is wheel chair accessible.
Boating enthusiasts have access to a number of government docks along the upper and lower coast. Tie up at the Gibsons Marina and enjoy the shops and restaurants of Lower Gibsons or dock at Desolation Sound, near Lund, the oldest and largest provincial marine park in British Columbia. Boaters can motor along to tropical sandy beaches of Savary Island to view the marine biodiversity and beauty of the coast. Government wharfs and marinas are wheelchair accessible and provide gripped ramps and railings.