Person in wheelchair on yurt deck.

Barrier-free travel at Ontario Parks

Here at Ontario Parks, we believe that camping is for everyone.

This is why we want to make our parks as accessible as possible by identifying potential barriers, and creating a plan to remove them.

Barrier free picnic table and fire pit.

Seventy-six provincial parks across Ontario have at least one barrier-free campsite, with many parks offering two or more. Whether the campsite has electrical service or not varies from park to park.

How do I know it’s barrier free?

A barrier-free campsite will be level, close to a water tap and a comfort station, and often has a paved path from the campsite to the comfort station.

Campfire pits will be 25 cm high, and in some locations, features like barbecues may be lowered for ease of access. Barrier-free campsites also provide an accessible picnic table, and a suitable hard-surfaced parking area.

Comfort station.

We’ve also made park offices accessible (including on-site parking) for campers checking in.

Barrier-free roofed accommodation is available too!

Sometimes you just want a roof over your head.

With barrier-free options all over the province, we’re sure you’ll find something that suits your trip.

Here are some great options:

Finlayson Point cabin with a barrier free ramp.

Up north at Finlayson Point Provincial Park, the Temagami Cabin offers a ramp and a wider entrance. Although there is no running water, there is a barrier-free comfort station located nearby.

Yurt with accessible ramp.

Just northwest of Sudbury, Windy Lake Provincial Park has a barrier-free yurt! Located near a comfort station, this yurt is a great starting point for your northern vacation.

Pinery barrier free cottage exterior.

If you’re looking for something further south, Pinery Provincial Park offers a barrier-free yurt and cabin, and MacGregor Point Provincial Park offers a barrier-free yurt.

Check out the park locator for a more detailed list of parks offering barrier-free cabins and yurts!

What else is barrier free at Ontario Parks?

From beach access to trail accessibility, Ontario Parks allows all visitors to take part in the activities that they love.

Accessible beach mat on the shores at Bonnechere.

Have you visited any of our parks with a beach mat? These mats make it easier for all our guests to access the beach, whether they have wheelchairs, walkers, strollers or other mobility aids.

There are five parks within our system that are proud to have beach mats available for visitors:

What if you’re not going to the beach? Check out these all-terrain and Mobi chairs!

People on beach, one in an all-terrain wheelchair.

These all-terrain wheelchairs make it easy to maneuver through the sand. Although all-terrain wheelchairs can’t go directly in the water, the Mobi chair loves to swim.

People on the shore at Pancake Bay, one person in a Mobi wheelchair.

The Mobi chair has built in flotation devices on each side to help keep the chair afloat, but users are required to wear a lifejacket or PFD at all times.

Looking for more information? Check out this blog post for details on beach accessibility at Ontario Parks!

What if I’m not going to the beach?

Exterior of Petroglyphs visitor centre.

Head over to our park locator and use our search tool (on the left, scroll to the bottom) to check off the barrier-free facility or feature you’d like to explore.

From playgrounds to museums, Ontario Parks has lots of accessible places to enjoy.

Got specific questions or want help planning your trip?

Contact the park directly for details — our staff will be happy to answer all your questions.