Niagara Falls – the Accessible Way: On our recent visit to the Majestic Niagara Falls (see our blog Majestic Niagara Falls), a not–to-be missed excursion, we had the occasion to update our information on accessibility. Niagara Falls consists of the City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Parks Commission, which controls the lands and buildings around the Horseshoe Falls as well as parkland along the entire length of the Niagara River. An information officer for the Niagara Parks Commission was very proud when asked about accessibility to say that all the attractions under their jurisdiction were accessible. We were pleased with the level of understanding when speaking to various employees at different venues, as they were both knowledgeable and respectful.
Much work has been done over the past two decades to promote accessibility and to publish Accessible Niagara. This work was begun by Linda Crabtree, who deserves the credit for establishing such an informative publication and for bringing the necessity of being barrier-free to the forefront in this area. The publication, available on line, lists the hotels, attractions, restaurants, wineries and areas of interest which are accessible. There is specific information listed where available (such as specific features within the hotel room and washroom). Please review our blog, Accessible Hotel Room: What You Need To Know, for useful tips on what to look for prior to booking a hotel room.
Transportation in Niagara is accessible https://niagarafalls.ca/living/transit/accessibility/transit-accessibility.aspx All city buses are accessible, including a kneeling feature which lowers the bus for egress, 2 spots for wheelchair or scooter, powered entrance ramp, high colour contrast grab bars, low glare, anti-slip floors, automated audio stop announcements, and air conditioning.
WEGO http://www.wegoniagarafalls.com: WEGO is a unique partnership between The City of Niagara Falls and The Niagara Parks Commission to provide integrated bus service to visitors. The service runs year round and is fully accessible. The routes are developed to provide service from the hotel area of the City of Niagara Falls to the major attractions throughout Niagara Falls – the Accessible Way.
Chair-A-Van “is a curb-to-curb specialized transportation service provided by St. John Ambulance, on behalf of the City of Niagara Falls, to assist individuals with mobility challenges which prevent them from boarding a WEGO system bus. Visitors wishing to utilize this service must be registered clients within their municipality and should contact Chair-A-Van on weekdays from 8:30 am through to 4:30 pm to book their trip at 905-357-0122”. From https://niagarafalls.ca/living/transit/accessibility/transit-accessibility.aspx
Accessible taxis are also available (see Accessible Niagara).
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