Canada is one of the best places in the world to travel if you have mobility problems or other physical disabilities. All public buildings are required to be wheelchair-accessible and provide suitable toilet facilities, almost all street corners have dropped kerbs, and public telephones are specially equipped for hearing-aid users.
Though wheelchair users may encounter problems when travelling on city public transport, main population centres are gradually introducing suitable buses.
Contacts for travellers with disabilities
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities.
204-456 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Y IR3 (tel 604/875-0188). Offers advice and assistance for travellers in BC.
Canadian Paraplegic Association.
Their main office is at Suite 320, 1101 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, ON K2C 3W7 (tel 613/723-1033, fax 723-1060, and there are offices in every province:
520 Sutherland Drive, Toronto ON M4G 3V9 (tel 416/422-5644);
780 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC V6P 5YT (tel 604/342-3611);
825 Sherbrook St, Winnipeg, MB (tel 204/786-4753);
Kéroul, 4545 Pierre-de-Courbetin, CP 1000, Montréal HIV 3R2 (tel 514/252-3104).
VIA Rail information
and reservations for the speech- and/or hearing-impaired are available on tel 416/368-6406 from Toronto, tel 1-800/268-9503 from elsewhere.
Western Institute for the Deaf.
2125 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1X9 (tel 604/736-7391 or 736-2527). Gives advice for the hearing-impaired.