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Seven Accessible Activities for Summer 2022

After a tough two years for seasonal events, summer is sizzling and packed with fun events to check out.

If you’re going to be in the GTA this summer, here are seven accessible activities to indulge in:

Attend The Rosé Picnic 

If you like the idea of sipping a glass of rose and wearing pink and white, you’ll want to check out The Rose Picnic on August 20th. It takes place at Woodbine Park and is the epitome of glamorous, social fun, with a pink and white dress code, multiple DJ’s, gourmet food stations curated by top chefs, and plenty of photo opps surrounded by floral decor.

Put on your favourite pink outfit and flower crown, and immerse yourself in a day of fun. This event is 19+ and takes place outdoors. Accessible washrooms will be available on site and there will be grassy areas to navigate if you are using a wheelchair or assistive device.

Have an Accessible Beach Day

Beach wheelchair on sand matThe word is spreading about the benefits of making public beaches more accessible, so this summer, why not have an accessible beach day and soak up the sun while it lasts?

Innisfil Beach just north of Toronto recently introduced a beach wheelchair that can be rented for an accessible beach experience. The floating wheelchair allows users to enter the water and navigate sandy spaces that are otherwise difficult to access in a regular wheelchair.

Find out how you can use the chair here.

Not feeling like driving that far? Check out Woodbine Beach in Toronto’s East end. It is equipped with a mat so wheelchair users can wheel through the sand, and a beach wheelchair can be rented to enjoy a barrier-free beach day.

Go to The Ex

Carnival with rides and food stands

After much anticipation, the CNE is returning to mark the end of summer. This family-friendly carnival is suitable for all ages and filled with rides, games, entertainment and tasty carnival treats for foodies that are sure to be unforgettable.

The CNE is accessible and takes place outdoors. Wheelchairs and scooters can be rented on site, and there are areas that are known to get crowded, so be sure to navigate with care. Hear live music, win a stuffed animal for a loved one or try a fried pickle!

See a Candlelight Orchestra 

Candlelight orchestra

If you’re looking for a unique experience and enjoy classical music, check out a candlelight orchestra in one of Toronto’s cathedrals. Picture a beautiful church filled with hundreds of candles (battery powered, of course!) followed by breathtaking instrumental music from your favourite movies and favourite bands.

Choose from a variety of shows, including Vivaldi, Hollywood Epics, or even shows dedicated to bands like Coldplay and Amy Winehouse. Perfect for a date night or even a solo adventure in the city.

Visit the World of Barbie Exhibit

World of Barbie exhibit

Whether you grew up playing with Barbie dolls, or buying them for someone, Mississauga just got a World of Barbie exhibit that is fully accessible. Enter Barbie’s dream house and explore iconic dolls and accessories from more than six decades.

Grab your camera and immerse yourself in the Barbie world for the afternoon.


Attend a Pirate Festival in Guelph

Pirate props

If Barbie isn’t your thing, maybe pirates are. Head to Guelph, Ontario this long weekend and enjoy a day of fantasy, costumes and fantastic food, including giant turkey legs.

The Pirate Festival will feature a live band, sword fighting as well as merchants, traders and craftspeople who are ready to show you their finest products, including rare gems and jewels from deep in the sea.

The event is accessible, with a spacious outdoor venue and plenty of areas for shade, if the heat gets too uncomfortable.

Check Out the Dundas Cactus Festival

Cactus festival If you’re looking for some carnival fun that isn’t as packed as Toronto’s CNE, check out the Dundas Cactus Festival, which will feature great food and entertainment for the whole family.

Best of all, the festival will dedicate one hour to people with disabilities and their families by making festival rides free and easier to access with assistance available to get on and off rides, reduced speeds, noises and crowds.

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