I haven’t started research on Canada yet, but have been able to visit New Brunswick. Please send me ideas of other places with easy and also wheelchair accessible trails in New Brunswick. With your help, we can share our knowledge with disabled people everywhere and also increase awareness of the need for more accessibility. Please e-mail me with your suggestions using the form in the sidebar.
Roosevelt Campobello International Park is on Campobello Island, New Brunswick and can be accessed via the FDR Memorial Bridge at Lubec, Maine. In the summer you can get there by car ferry L’Etete or St. Andrews, New Brunswick or Eastport, Maine (via Deer Island).
Here is their page on accessibility.
There are numerous trails and drives including the wheelchair accessible 0.3 mile Eagle Hill Bog boardwalk and the “flat and easy” Lower Duck Pond to Raccoon Beach trail. A few others sound pretty easy too.
Lepreau Falls Provincial Park 45°10’09” North and 66°27’44” West. My sister visited the park and says there are boardwalks to good viewing platforms for the falls. Here is a video. Lepreau is part of the newly formed Stonehammer Geopark. To learn more about the geopark, call 506-643-2300. Reviews of Stonehammer on TripAdvisor.
Here is the description, taken from the website, of the “Great Canadian Beaver Pond Voyage” wheelchair accessible trail in Mactaquac Provincial Park : “This interpretive, guided walk takes you through a pristine nature reserve with a chain of beaver ponds. Examine dams and lodges built by beavers and see for yourself the architectural abilities of these remarkable animals. Join in hands-on activities that will introduce you to a variety of wetland wonders found in the Acadian forest. Gentle, wheelchair-accessible trails allow for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy this experience. The tour begins at the Park Administration Building, across from the main entrance to the park. ” Call 506-363-4747 for information.
University of New Brunswick Woodlot
From UNB Woodlot Watch , “The UNB Woodlot is over 3,500 acres of wild woods home to herons, blue bead lilies and lady slippers, old-growth red spruce stands, mature forest and wetlands.” Thank you Lisa Dalton, for taking me there.
The map shows numerous parking spots with access to the trails. However on a visit September 2017, most of these were cordoned off and we had to park behind Costco. Map
Paperback: Trails of Fredericton by Bill Thorpe, Goose Lane Editions, 1999; New/Nouveau Brunswick Backroad Mapbook by Backroad Mapbooks
The Gibson Trail is a 5.3 km flat, crusher fines-surfaced trail that “travels through urban and rural settings with secluded woodland and scenic views of the Nashwaak River.”
Odell Park Some of the 16 km of trails in the forested park are accessible or at least easy walking. We walked east from Montgomery and Smythe by the water tanks, GPS: N45° 56.974′ W66° 39.843′. This part is level and wheelchair accessible but then intersects the still easy, but steep, Main Woods Trail, which might be challenging in a wheelchair. On foot, we turned down hill till we came to path on the right to come back up and complete our loop. From the website: “The trail near the main entrance has a smooth and level crusher dust surface which makes it easily accessible to all users. As you head up into the wooded areas, the trail becomes steeper in grade and is a more difficult climb. “
City of Sackville
The Waterfowl Park at Sackville is a beautiful wetland with extensive boardwalks. In places, the start of the boardwalk is several inches above the path.
Nature Trust of New Brunswick The Nature Trust of New Brunswick is a “charitable land conservation organization that is responsible for conserving over 6000 acres (2400 hectares) in more than 40 beautiful and diverse nature preserves throughout the province.”
Ferris Street Forest and Wetland Nature Preserve 40 acres of easy trails. The Preserve is “…home to a wide range of amphibians, insects, birds and mammals. In particular, there are many species of birds to be found in the area, including bald eagle, olive-sided flycatcher, …. and great horned owl.” “The northern edge of the preserve borders the Nashwaakis Stream which feeds into the Saint John River.”