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Accessibility

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Accessibility

Access to attractions and services in Banff and Lake Louise for people with hearing, vision, mobility, or cognitive disabilities.

Things to do

Many viewpoints and natural attractions in Banff National Park can be reached by car, and some of the most popular things to do are wheelchair friendly. 

Many of the shorter trails in Banff and Lake Louise are suitable for wheelchairs, with asphalt or crushed gravel surfaces and level or gentle grades. For example, the Banff Legacy trail, Bow Riverside trail, and the Fenland trail near Vermilion Lakes offer beautiful scenery and accessibility to wheelchairs and physically challenged visitors.

For sweeping views over the town of Banff, valley and towering peaks above, take a ride on the Banff Gondola on Sulphur Mountain. For a different perspective, try a boat tour on Lake Minnewanka. If you feel like enjoying the steamy natural hot springs, the Banff Upper Hot Springs offers parking near the rear entrance and a water-accessible wheelchair. 

Coral Creek picnic area and Bow Lake are beautiful places to have a picnic. The parking lots and paved wheelchair path make them very easy to get to. 

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Many of the museums are accessible, with assistive hearing devices and close-videos for those with sight or hearing difficulties. The Cave & Basin National Historic Site is particularly good: it has facilities for those with hearing and sight challenges, an all terrain wheelchair surface, a wheelchair friendly bathroom, and guides upon request.

The Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre is a charity which aims to provide any individual with a disability the chance to access sport and recreational activities in the Bow Valley. See their website for more information about their programmes and activities.  

Services, Facilities & Public Transit 

The Banff Visitor Centres has up to date information and resources about access to attractions, services, and accommodation in Banff and Lake Louise for people with hearing, vision, mobility, or cognitive disabilities. They can provide information about accommodation, services, and activities that will fit your particular needs.  

Wheelchair accessible public washrooms are located throughout the town of Banff, and in drive-in campgrounds and picnic sites in the hamlet of Lake Louise and along the Bow Valley and Icefields Parkways (Highway 93). 

Roam is a public transit bus service operating in the Bow Valley, including around the town of Banff. The buses are wheelchair friendly, with a fold-out ramp and low floor to assist getting on and off. See the Roam Transit website for more information.