September 27 is World Tourism Day and this year’s theme is “Promoting Universal Accessibility”. As there is so much to see and do in Alberta, this is a great opportunity to highlight efforts to make tourism through our beautiful province more accessible.
What does accessible mean?
According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, accessible is “all about the creation of environments that can cater for the needs of all of us.”
The people who may need access range from:
- people with a disability – whether permanent or temporary
- people from non-English/French speaking backgrounds
Alberta has incredibly beautiful and diverse landscapes from the majestic Rockies to the crystalline waterways and lakes, the gorgeous hiking trails through thin spires of rock, to the Badlands. Our province has an abundance of experiences available in all seasons for individuals and families of all ages and abilities to discover sport, recreation and culture while travelling within Alberta.
Alberta’s great outdoors are made easier to enjoy by having destination information in multiple languages and physically accessible interpretive centres. For example, shorter nature trails and boardwalks have also been designed for those with mobility challenges. The Banff Legacy trail, the Bow Riverside trail, and the Fenland trail near Vermilion Lakes offer beautiful scenery and are accessible to visitors of all abilities.
Also, organizations like Rocky Mountain Adaptive (RMA) promote and develop year-round sport and recreation camps, experiences, lessons and programs for all ages and all abilities in the heart of Alberta’s Rockies.
And there is no better time to head out and explore this bounty of beauty as well as Alberta’s diverse cultural tapestry than this weekend during Alberta Culture Days (Sept. 30- Oct. 3)! From Lac La Biche to Banff, Jasper to the Badlands and everywhere in between, there is something for everyone.