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Shoring up accessibility on Canada's beaches

There are ways to make beaches more inviting for people who require mobility devices, like wheelchairs, walkers or strollers.

Andres Plana

A trip to the beach is a quintessential summer activity for many. But the sandy, rocky, unpredictable terrain hasn’t always been so appealing for people who require mobility devices, like wheelchairs, walkers or strollers. Here are some ways beaches are becoming more inviting.

1. Off-road wheelchairs

Where the ocean meets the shore is also where wheels get stuck in sand. Buying a wheelchair just for the beach can be costly, so resorts and public parks make ATV chairs, which can traverse sand and water, available for rent.

2. Welcome mat

Plastic carpets can be rolled out over the sand to make a smoother surface for those navigating with wheels or canes. Many designs include guiding lines in the design to further aid those with visual impairments.

3. Fishing platforms

The tranquility of casting a line from the land is matched by few activities. In some coastal spots, the calm is preceded by scaling rocky shores. A platform or dock can better position anglers of all sorts to cast their rods.

4. Boardwalks

A beach classic, the pathways are being expanded in many places with mobility in mind. Fewer stairs and more focus on ramps and slopes allows for maximum summer fun.

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