For many people, there is a loved one with limited physical ability who needs to use a wheelchair. Something little known, many parks and other outdoor sites, certified by Kéroul, are within their reach for a day trip, with a guide.
What have you they special? First, a reception building and accessible toilets. On beaten earth or on compacted rock, the paths are wide and rather flat. There are usually rest areas along the route. The lookouts have an access ramp. By the way, many of these places are also very suitable for parents with their toddler in a stroller. Here are some places
Saint-Bernard Island, Châteauguay
At the foot of Manoir D'Youville, a rest area overlooks Lake Saint-Louis and beautiful sunsets. At the Marguerite-D’Youville wildlife refuge, a path between fields and woods runs along the lake and leads to a footbridge. You can see several species of birds
On the footbridge of the Marguerite-D’Youville wildlife refuge.
Le Verger Richard Legault, Saint-Joseph-du-Lac
It is easy to move around the site. Dwarf apple trees bordered by level ground make it easy to pick your own. Tractor-drawn cars for rides are accessible. A mini-farm and a shop with local products enhance the visit.
La Montagne Coupée, Saint-Jean-de-Matha
At the Abbaye Val Notre-Dame, the paved path La Petite Roche forms a loop in the middle of the forest. A shop offers local products from the undergrowth, such as cream of forest mushrooms. On the menu at Bistro de la forêt: the famous fir pogo and several other specialties.
Quebec's national parks
No less than nine Quebec national parks managed by Sépaq have wheelchair accessible trails. At Parc du Mont-Saint-Bruno, to name just one, the Petit Duc forms a loop of just over a kilometer.
In a Kartus wheelchair at Parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno.
▶Depending on the parks and availability, various types of equipment are loaned with presentation of the CAL card. The Kartus chair, for example, is designed for a running companion. The Opair tricycle has a seat in the front. Several trails are really well adapted to wheelchairs.
KÉROUL CERTIFIED SITES
- Outdoor attractions: trails, orchards, agritourism farms, animal shelters
- Directory to consult (online or printed): lequebecpourtous.com
OTHER IDEAS FOR OUTINGS
In Magog, we walk in the fields of Bleu Lavande. You can also picnic there. An interpretation center and guided tours allow us to discover this universe. Shop. Online tickets.
The beach of Rawdon
On August 2, water quality analyzes for swimming gave an A (excellent) rating. For rent: paddle boards, kayaks and pedal boats. Picnic. Portable barbecue stoves allowed.
►Alain Demers is the author of the book Rediscovering Quebec: 101 destinations, published in Les éditions du Journal.