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Whistler offers two renowned mountains for skiing and snowboarding, Olympic and Paralympic venues for sliding and Nordic sports, as well as some of the best mountain biking in the world.

For example, Whistler is unique in its ability to accommodate a four-wheel downhill chair in the accessible village gondola to transport bikers to the Whistler Bike Park.

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Accessible Activities

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has several examples of programs and community features that support community accessibility and provide access to various recreational activities including: municipal parks and facilities, 2010 Games legacies, cultural tours and public art.

Whistler Adaptive

Whistler Adaptive provides programming, equipment and coaching for 18 different para-sport disciplines. The program has become a leader in adaptive sports, not only in the province of B.C., but also in the country.

The program also provides support for people with disabilities wishing to participate in various recreational activities, including extreme activities like zip lining. Given that some of the recreational activities will require some modification or extra assistance, it is recommended that you book early to avoid disappointment.

Whistler Adaptive also recommends booking immediately after a lesson for the following lesson and even for the following year to ensure choice of instructor and equipment.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb’s mission is to create wonderful memories for their guests, again and again. All guests, regardless of ability, deserve the very best mountain experience possible. The linked information on mountain access is meant to assist individuals with disabilities to access the facilities and skiing/riding on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

Whistler Mountain is wheelchair-accessible with gondola service to the top of Whistler Mountain during winter and summer months. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is available for sightseeing tours only.

The Whistler Blackcomb website provides information to assist individuals with disabilities to access facilities and skiing/riding on the mountain.

For more information, call 1-800-766-0449 or 604-967-8950.

Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Hosts

The Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Host program offers free orientation tours daily, throughout the winter months. Mountain Hosts.

Whistler Sport Legacies 

Whistler Sport Legacies is responsible for three of Whistler's 2010 Winter Games Venues: the Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic Park, and the Whistler Athletes' Centre. 

These facilities were used during the Paralympic Games and have accessibility features.

Whistler Olympic Park is a particularly great destination for the entire family for all levels of ability and provides designated parking, accessible trails and an accessible lodge with accessible bathrooms.

Adaptive Recreation

Whistler offers endless opportunities for all kinds of unique experiences and adventures in fresh mountain air.

All Adaptive Recreation inquiries and bookings should be made through the Tourism Whistler website or at 1-800-944-7853. 

Activity

Adaptation

Restrictions

Bungee Jumping

Able to bungee jump while in wheelchair.

None

Ziplining

Travel between platforms is with a trail rider(a passive device is used to sherpa an individual rider in singletrack terrain) and vehicle.

Some of the platforms are not accessible. The connection between the ziplines is modified.

ATV Riding

Currently limited to four-wheeled ATVs

Requires hand function

Dog Sledding

None required

Requires transferring out of a mobility device into a sled that is close to the ground

Cat Sit-Skiing

Assistance required to transfer into the cab of the Snowcat.

Must be a proficient sit- skier.

Sleigh Rides

None available

Must be able to stand to transfer up and into the horse-drawn carriage.

Municipal Parks and Trails

The below parks are listed in order from the south to the north of Whistler.

Park Features Details
Alpha Lake Park            
  • 1 Accessible parking stall
  • 2 Accessible washrooms
  • Accessible children's play area
  • Floating docks
  • Summer Programming            
  • Access to washroom facilities requires travel over approximately 18 m of grass from the Valley trail to the washroom building
  • Rubberized surfacing and ramp access into tree-house
  • Access is not hard surfaced from Valley trail to dock and step up onto dock
  • Private operators rent non-adaptive water sports equipment                                                               
Alta Lake Park/Wayside Park
  • 2 Accessible parking space
  • Accessible ramping down to the Valley trail and to lower grass.
  • 2 Accessible washrooms
  • 2 Floating docks
  • Wayside Park provides access to Valley trail, which leads to the Alta Lake Boathouse and the Art-House
  • 1 Accessible washroom provided in both houses
  • Accessible low dock at the Boathouse
  • The hard surfaced ramp has short sections at 11% grade
  • Access is not hard surfaced from Valley trail to dock and step up onto dock
  • Valley trail has a 12 m section which has a maximum grade of 12% to reach the west side of Alta Lake where the two houses are located
  • Neither washroom facility have the 15mm turning radius within the washroom space
  • Approximately 15 m gravel path between hard surfacing from the Valley trail to the hard surfaced path leading to the dock
Alta Lake Boathouse

 

  • This boathouse is where the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program runs their summer water sports from
Alta Lake Art House
  • Accessible fishing dock at the Art House
  • The Art House is used by the Whistler arts Council for summer programming and classes
Lakeside Park
  • 2 Accessible parking stalls
  • 1 Accessible washroom
  • 2 Floating accessible docks
  • 2 Accessible picnic tables
  • Summer Programming
  • There is an accessible washroom plus other washrooms in the same location
  • Private operators rent non-adaptive water sports equipment
Rainbow Park
  • 2 Accessible parking stalls
  • 1 Accessible washroom
  • 1 Accessible floating dock
  • 2 Accessible picnic tables
  • Summer Programming
  • There is an accessible washroom plus other washrooms in the same location
  • Private operators rent non-adaptive water sports equipment
Florence Petersen Park
  • 2 Accessible picnic tables
  • There are accessible washroom facilities within the Whistler Public Library and the Whistler Museum and Archives adjacent to the park
Lost Lake Park
  • 2 Accessible parking stalls
  • 1 Accessible washroom
  • 2 Accessible picnic tables
  • 1 Floating raft
  • There is an accessible washroom plus other washrooms in the same location
  • Requires swimming to raft and climbing swimming ladder to get on to raft
Millennium Place
  • Automatic door openers
  • Elevator
  • Accessible toilets
  • FM induction loop available for people hard of hearing
 

Spruce Grove  Park           

   
Spruce Grove Field House
  • 2 Accessible parking stalls
  • 1 Accessible washroom
  • Accessible wheelchair lift
  • Must enter the Field House to access the washroom facility
  • The lift services the third floor of the field house. A key is needed to operate the lift.
Spruce Grove Baseball Diamonds
  • 2 Accessible parking stalls
  • 1 Accessible washroom
  • Accessible viewing area
  • Children's play area
  • Children's play area is not accessible
Meadow Park Sports Centre
  • 2 Accessible parking stalls
  • 2 Accessible washrooms
  • 1 private accessible change room with shower and power adjustable change table

 

  • Must enter into the Sports Center to access the washroom facility
Meadow Park Children's Water park
  • 1 Accessible parking stall
  • 1 Accessible washroom
  • This accessible washroom services the water park, baseball diamonds, and tennis courts. There is an accessible washroom plus other washrooms in the same location
Meadow Park Diamonds/Tennis Court
  • 1 Accessible parking stall
  • 1 Accessible washroom
  • This accessible washroom services the water park, baseball diamonds, and tennis courts. There is an accessible washroom plus other washrooms in the same location
Whistler Olympic Plaza
  • Hard surface pathways
  • 2 ramps to lower level viewing area and grass
  • Multiple designated accessible viewing areas
  • Multiple accessible seating areas
  • Accessible washrooms
  • Accessible backstage area
  • FM induction loop available for people hard of hearing
 

Meadow Park Sports Centre

Located north of the Village, Whistler’s Meadow Park Sports Centre has the following design modifications to ensure the facility is accessible:

  • Chairlift into lap pool
  • Pool wheelchair
  • Accessible showers and washrooms; including an electric height-adjustable change table
  • Rehabilitation hand ergometer in fitness centre
  • Lift/elevator to fitness centre

Other municipal facilities that are wheelchair accessible and available for rent:

  • Myrtle Philip School
  • The PassivHaus
  • Spruce Grove Field House
  • Whistler Olympic Plaza

Learn more about facilities and parks bookings

Inclusive Playground

The 4,000 square-metre inclusive playground provides play opportunities for children of all abilities or parents with disabilities to allow side-by-side play with friends, families and caregivers.

Located on the perimeter of Whistler Olympic Plaza, the playground has become a gathering place for community and visitors alike.

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