Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


by Deborah Davis

Take a tour of Vancouver with Deborah, and see where you can go to take in it's breathtaking scenery. Images include: downtown Vancouver, Granville Island, Westminster Quay, Whistler, Cypress Mountain, Stanley Park, Prospect Point, and Gas Town. March was cool and sunny and the air is fresh and brisk. While you pay for parking everywhere even at the parks, the streets are clean and the seafood and sake are must haves. Don't forget the Canadian beer, the fresh sushi, and of course the world famous smoked Salmon!

Even if you are not interested in the active lifestyle that Vancouver is famous for, such as skiing, fishing, and hiking, you will enjoy an exceptional visual experience, especially the route to Whistler.

Vancouver and its surrounding attractions is one of the most accessible destinations in the world thanks to the legacy of the winter paralympic games. We have made some of our images available for commercial use (High Res.) on our stock image library PhotoAbility. If you are a local business or a tourist bureau in Vancouver consider incorporating some "Inclusive Imagery" in your next marketing campaign or travel brochure.

 

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Changing the Conversation about Disability


Accessible Tourism is about creating experiences that everyone can enjoy together. Those experiences have to be inclusive so that they can be shared equally. Tourism is about the journey not just the destination and that journey starts with the planning and ends with the shared memories that often last a lifetime.

This great video from the Rick Hansen Foundation in Canada showcases that the key to inclusion is changing the mindset towards people with a disability and creating a set of equal experiences.

The Rick Hansen Foundation works to break down these barriers by changing attitudes, creating accessible spaces and inspiring an inclusive society.

We need to change how we think and talk about accessibility and inclusion in order to break down barriers for the one billion people in the world who have a disability.

Why?

Accessibility isn't just for people who use wheelchairs -- it's also for those with mobility challenges, temporary injuries and parents using strollers. Accessibility is for everyone.

Inclusion isn't just about tolerating differences -- it's about making sure our attitudes don't limit the potential of other people. Everyone deserves an equal chance to be included.
 

How TravAbility Can Help

About TravAbility

TravAbility was founded in 2007 by Bill Forrester.

Our mission is to be agents of change; to inspire people who have never traveled before to do so, and to inspire others to do more. To encourage all cultures of the world to see disability as an integral part of life, and to provide the motivation and tools to the tourism industry to allow them to create accessible environments that enable inclusion in an economically sustainable way.

We offer a range of services to tourism operators and Destination Marketing Boards to enable them to take advantage of the growing Accessible Tourism market. Our core approach is program oriented focusing on the product and service needs of people with a disability an developing a culture of innovation to attract this highly profitable and rapidly growing market:

  • Development of Access Statements
  • Product, service and program development
  • Development of 'Soft Infrastructure' policies and procedures
  • Staff and Management Training
  • Marketing Services and Toolkits
  • Access information kits
  • Industry Presentations and Conference Keynotes and Capacity Building Workshops
  • Property Audits and Universal Design planning
  • Self Audit Tools
  • National/State/Regional Park Guides and Trail Maps
  • Diversity and Inclusion Strategy development
  • Disability Action Plans
  • New Project planning and Development
  • Stock Imagery through PhotoAbility
  • Accommodation listings through TravAbility Properties
Contact

For more information on how you can make your business more attractive to the traveler with a disability contact Bill.

 

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Sea to Sky Gondola a Spectacular Sightseeing Lift for All


Cover photo by Paul Bride

 

With soaring peaks, turquoise waters, gleaming glaciers and shrouded in mysterious coastal forests, British Columbia’s dramatic Sea to Sky corridor beckons travellers from all over the world.

Welcoming visitors to experience Adventure by Nature, the marvellous Sea to Sky Gondola has become the focal point for tourism and outdoor recreation in and around the town of Squamish. Safely transporting sightseers and visitors and adventurers 850 vertical metres (1,900 feet) skyward from the architecturally impressive Highway 99 Base Camp, the Sea to Sky Gondola operates year-round and provides aerial views of Howe Sound Fjord, the Stawamus Chief, and the spectacular Diamond Head region of Garibaldi Park. It’s rare, indeed, to find such a stunning meeting place of mountain and ocean, anywhere in the world.

Located just a 45 minute drive from Vancouver, the Sea to Sky Gondola opens up new horizons to anyone adventurous in mind, body, or spirit. “Access the Inaccessible” and discover perspectives you never thought you’d see via the network of newly graded/constructed walking and hiking trails suitable for all ages and fitness levels, including wheelchair access.

 

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Access to the Inaccessible!

The Sea to Sky Gondola summit was once only accessible to those who committed to hours or days of hard work to reach the top or the backcountry. It is our intention to provide "access to the inaccessible" wherever possible with the Sea to Sky Gondola. All of our Basecamp facilities are wheelchair and stroller accessible. The gondola cabins are designed to accommodate both wheelchairs and strollers. Once at the top, the Summit Lodge walkways and ramps create easy wheelchair and stroller access throughout the facility. In addition to the Summit Lodge, the patio and viewing deck are wheelchair accessible (snow conditions permitting).

 

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For visitors with babies and young children, the Summit Lodge is stroller friendly and the Panorama Trail, the Spirit Trail, and the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge are stroller friendly when there is no snow at the Summit. In the winter, check the conditions prior to planning your visit.

The following amenities are available to make the Sea to Sky Gondola as accessible as possible:

  • Wheelchair accessible parking spaces directly adjacent to the Basecamp facilities
  • Accessibility window for ticket purchases at Basecamp
  • Wheelchair accessible gender neutral washrooms available at the base and in the Summit Lodge (ask retail at Summit for directions)
  • Wheelchair accessible tables are available at the Basecamp Cafe and in the Summit Lodge
  • Baby changing tables are available

 

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