In the Summer 2006 issue of BLOOM, we asked you to send us ideas for fun, accessible outings.
Caelan Roderick, 9, tries out a ‘tree chair’ with dad Ian at Crawford Lake.
More Ontario ideas!

Argonaut Rowing Club
Adapted rowing for youth with physical or developmental disabilities, 1225 Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto.

Select Sports and Recreation in the left column. Then click on disability organizations for a listing of Canada-wide adapted programs.

Freedom’s Wings Canada
Give your child the opportunity to soar in an accessible glider at Freedom’s Wings Canada in Arthur, Ontario. The program also offers accessible gliding through the Gatineau Gliding Club near Ottawa.

Ontario Sailing
Accessible programs throughout Ontario.

Ontario Therapeutic Riding Association Represents 40 Ontario therapeutic riding centres. Select ‘location guide’ to find a stable near you.

OntarioTrack3 Ski Association Teaches youth with disabilities to downhill ski. Select ‘ski schools’
for Ontario locations.

Sittin Fishin
Accessible fishing sites in Ontario, compiled by a fishing-lover who uses a wheelchair. Click on the map for your location.

Listing of Ontario municipalities. Contact your local Parks and Recreation to ask about integration of your child with special needs. If you run into any barriers, call Louise Kublick, Bloorview’s manager of aquatics, at
416 425 6220, ext. 3713.

Your answers to ‘What can we do?’
Photo by Stan Behal/Toronto Sun
Here’s what we heard from Natalie Walker, mom to Caelan,
9 from Toronto! I have two tips:

1. “Leslie (St.) Spit is a great wheelchair-accessible outing. The spit is close to downtown and is free. I often take Caelan, 9, and we roll along over three kilometres of lakeside walkway. At the end of the walkway there is a little lighthouse. The spit is a bird sanctuary and there is always something new to see no matter what season you venture out in. So far we have spotted a beaver lodge, a little snake, an owl and lots of swans and other birds.”

Tommy Thompson Park (also known as the Leslie St. Spit) is located on a man-made peninsula that juts into Lake Ontario. Take the Don Valley Parkway south to Lakeshore Boulevard, travel east to Leslie Street, then south half a kilometre to the park entrance. Tommy Thompson is one of 11 parks run by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

2. “Last week we stumbled upon another great accessible outing: Crawford Lake out in Halton Hills. Crawford Lake has a great elevated boardwalk that circles the lake and is wheelchair accessible. This hike takes about 35 minutes. There is also a woodland trail that takes 45 minutes. Both are accessible by wheelchair and the park has all-terrain wheelchairs available for use. Trail maps are available on their web site. The park has a great garden that is broken down into sections — a scent garden, an edible garden and a medicinal garden. All in all a good day!”

Crawford Lake is nestled in lush forests atop the Niagara Escarpment. The conservation area is at Steeles Avenue and Guelph Line, five kilometres south of Highway 401 and 15 kilometres north of the Q.E.W. Visit Conservation Halton and select Parks and Recreation, and then Halton Parks.

Bloorview Kids Rehab | Bloorview’s Resource Centre