Sat. Feb 24th, 2024
Wide bright blue walkway down to the water over a sandy beach

Highlights of a trip to Bonnechere Provincial Park often include visiting the beach and taking a dip in the crystal-clear waters of Round Lake.

Until recently, enjoying these and other activities in the park could be a challenge for those who used a wheelchair or walker.

Last year, as part of Ontario Parks’ commitment to making our parks as accessible as possible, Bonnechere staff surveyed the park and, after identifying potential barriers, developed a plan to remove them.

On June 2, 2018, Bonnechere staff and the Friends of Bonnechere Park hosted a collaborative event (Show you care Bonnechere 2.0: new possibilities) to implement the park’s accessibility plan.

Many volunteers showed that they care

With the help of approximately 35 volunteers, Bonnechere is now more accessible than ever.

About 30 staff and volunteers gathered at the start of a bright blue walkway on a sunny day.

Resulting park improvements include:

  • very crowded day use trails
  • wheelchair accessible picnic tables
  • wheelchair accessible campsites
  • wheelchair accessible parking spaces
  • wireless alert systems
  • barrier-free office
  • barrier-free store
  • barrier-free comfort station
  • Barrier-free vault toilet
  • beach access mats

Compact walkway through cut fields and trees

Beach fun for everyone!

Our newly installed beach access mats help all visitors enjoy the beach and get to the water’s edge. For someone who uses a wheelchair or walker, navigating the soft beach sand can be difficult, but these new non-slip beach mats allow for easier movement with walkers, wheelchairs, and parents with strollers.

Wide bright blue walkway to the water on a sandy beach

The park also acquired two “WaterWheels.” These all-terrain floating wheelchairs allow people with physical limitations to relax and enjoy the water with family and friends.

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WaterWheels are available throughout the operating season at the Davenport Centre/Park Store for visitors to sign out, free of charge.

Man using the ferris wheels in the water, accompanied by park staff

This opportunity was made possible by a government accessibility grant obtained by Friends of Bonnechere and in partnership with WheelChair Friendly Solutions Inc.

We are very excited to create an atmosphere of respect, equality and independence that is welcoming to all!