Accessibility for all has always been an important consideration for the attractions on Vancouver’s North Shore. From invigorating fresh-air activity to inspiring cultural experiences, here are some of the ways North Shore businesses are welcoming everyone.
Both the Museum of North Vancouver and the Archives are wheelchair accessible, with wheelchair-accessible washrooms and baby-changing facilities. Assistance dogs are always welcome to give everyone the chance to take part in North Vancouver’s ongoing story.
You can also partake in Sensory Friendly Mornings at the museum on the first Sunday of every month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. During this time, adaptations are made to the exhibits, such as lowered lighting and sound adjustments to enable a more relaxed visit for families, caregivers and individuals who are on the autism spectrum and neurodiverse.
Getting up into the mountains is no problem, thanks to the fully accessible Skyride at Grouse Mountain. Designated parking is available nearest to the tram and access ramps. Once at the top, a paved ramp leads to the mountaintop plaza, restaurants and attractions.
Just like the boundless creativity it champions, The Polygon is committed to dismantling barriers. Not only is admission free, but the gallery’s building is also fully accessible and even works with an accessibility advocate regularly to ensure nothing is missed.
All are welcome to rock out at the Ambleside Music Festival on Aug 19 & 20 with dedicated accessible seating areas available for guests with disabilities, with various vantage points throughout the festival grounds. Parking, washrooms and guest services are also fully accessible.
One of the North Shore’s prettiest places to get outside is accessible to all, no matter how you move through the world. Anyone can access the park at Ambleside, and the Sea Wall is paved and flat for easy navigation.
The 85,000 square feet of The Shipyards offer many spots to shop, eat and enjoy family time by the water. And everywhere is accessible whether you’re coming by car, transit or one of the nearby hotels to enjoy the summer Night Market, concerts or Sunset Cinema.
For more information on these and all the accessible activities on Vancouver’s North Shore, please visit vancouversnorthshore.com.