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Experiencing Accessible Toronto, Canada

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If you want to get away for a long weekend and experience a really progressive and fun city, Toronto may just be the place to travel.  I’ve been traveling to Toronto for years, mostly on business, but I’ve always had time to get out and enjoy this beautiful city. 

Getting there

Accessible taxis are available, accessible hotels are available, and many accessible activities await you!  I have watched the Toronto Pearson International Airport grow from a rather small airport to the massive airport it is today! Seriously, if you have the opportunity to venture through this airport, plan to check a map that will guide you because it can be quite daunting and take some time to get from one terminal, through Customs, and to the next terminal when you have connecting flights. The airport is staffed with people who will assist you and there are plenty of accessible restaurants, accessible restrooms, and even accessible changing rooms. 

I look forward to returning to Toronto soon to check out all of the new, accessible venues.  Here are some recommendations for you when you travel to Toronto.

Attractions

Toronto is home to a wide range of accessible attractions that cater to individuals with disabilities. The CN Tower, a renowned symbol of the city’s skyline, offers accessible entrances, elevators, and viewing platforms that provide stunning panoramic views of Toronto. The Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada also provide barrier-free access, elevators, and accessible exhibits to ensure an inclusive experience for all visitors.

Tours

A fun way to explore Toronto’s diverse neighborhoods and landmarks is by taking a wheelchair-accessible tour. Companies such as G Adventures  and  City Sightseeing Toronto offer vehicles equipped with wheelchair lifts, allowing individuals with mobility challenges to explore the city.

Additionally, the ferry to Toronto Island  provides accessible ramps and designated seating for passengers with disabilities, offering a unique opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the islands.

Cultural Experiences

Toronto has a lively cultural scene with various events and venues designed to accommodate individuals with disabilities. The Harbourfront Centre Theater provides accessible performances, including theatre, dance, and music. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is an annual event which provides accessible screenings and venues.

Outdoor Spaces

Toronto has quite a few accessible parks and green spaces, allowing visitors to relax and enjoy the city’s natural beauty. Parks such as Bonnechere Provincial Park have taken steps to be more accessible, including hard packed trails, accessible picnic tables, accessible cabins, accessible restrooms, and a beach mat for the beach. The Toronto Botanical Garden offers accessible gardens and sensory pathways, plus accessible restrooms and an elevator.

Dining and Shopping

Toronto’s culinary scene is amazingly eclectic and accessible! Plus, you’ll find plenty of accessible shopping scenes for that perfect gift or souvenir.  Check out this link for the Top Ten accessible restaurants in Toronto.  And for shoppers, places like the Toronto Eaton Centre and Yorkville Village have accessible entrances, elevators, and designated accessible parking spaces.

Toronto is a fantastic city to visit with plenty of accessible venues.  And, you’ll find Canadians super friendly and helpful.  Work with an experienced and knowledgeable travel agent, such as Travel for All, based in Vancouver, Canada to help plan your accessible trip to Toronto.  I can’t wait to get back! 

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