Traveling can be challenging and stressful for many people, but for those with a disability those challenges are compounded exponentially. A vacation for a disabled person requires much more thought, planning, and research than it might for someone without a disability.
Luckily, Niagara and Canada as a whole strive to make every public space accessible to the disabled, which means that a vacation to Niagara Falls can be simpler to plan and execute than other destinations. If you or someone you’re traveling with has a disability this is a list of hotels, restaurants, attractions, and more that can make your visit to Niagara Falls one to remember.
Hotels and Lodging
As any disabled traveler knows, planning ahead is the key to a successful vacation and this planning usually starts with the choice of lodging. Hotels are required to have fully accessible bathrooms in public spaces and a certain number of accessible rooms available. In some cases these rooms are limited so booking ahead is key.
Calling the hotel directly is often the best way to explain your needs and ensure that you book a room that suits you. All hotels also welcome service animals.
Of course, the main attraction in Niagara are the majestic falls themselves, and all viewing areas are fully accessible to those in a wheelchair, although your view might be slightly cut off by the railing. A great, unobstructed view can be had at Horseshoe Landing Patio Grill at the Table Rock Welcome Centre.
Stick around the Table Rock Welcome Centre for their almost fully accessible Journey Behind the Falls tour. You’ll ride an elevator down and take a wheelchair-friendly path to see the view of the falls from behind, which is always a thrilling experience.
Hornblower Cruises is also fully accessible for visitors with disabilities. The staff is trained and ready to help you board and get into position as you cruise right to the base of the falls. Rain ponchos are provided but consider bringing a plastic bag to cover your electric wheelchair control panel.
Dining options abound in Niagara and most eateries are equipped with ramps and accessible restrooms. A great fine dining option featuring the best of Niagara’s farm to table movement is Windows by Jamie Kennedy at the Sheraton on the Falls. Not only will you be fully accommodated but you’ll have one of the best meals of your life. Another fully accessible fine dining choice is the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Specializing in Italian cuisine this is one of the most popular fine dining choices in Niagara.
For a more casual option you might consider a wonderful craft beer and pub fare at the Niagara Brewing Company or a rock and roll style dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, both of which are fully prepared to accommodate guests with disabilities.
Niagara is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world and the entire hospitality community has worked hard to ensure that visitors with disabilities can enjoy their experience to the fullest. Be sure to call ahead with any questions you might have and book early, then get ready to enjoy a wonderful vacation in Niagara Falls.