Cape Spear

I recently headed out to Cape Spear with one of my best friends to check out their new accessible trail. We heard rumours that a portion of the trail was recently renovated to provide wheelchair accessibility, but I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Like most accessibility-related things, my expectations were low. But I was pleasantly surprised! We parked in one of the many accessible parking spaces and then wheeled past an accessible washroom (well, it says it’s accessible but I didn’t look inside and I did notice there was no automatic door) and then past an accessible visitor centre before getting to the trail that led us all the way down to a lookout overlooking the ocean, and stopped at the old barracks. It was a smooth and very accessible ride for me, and it was so nice having a change of scenery and being able to look out at the waves from the comfort of my wheelchair. There was no accessible access to the lighthouse but maybe they will expand it further someday? I’m not entirely sure. Either way, it felt so nice to be able to add one more spot to my very short list of accessible scenic places in St. John’s. Image Descriptions in each caption and alt text.

Thanks to Matt McCoag for being my chauffeur and taking the photos of me.

A photo of me from the back, sitting in my wheelchair looking out at the rocks and ocean from a wooden observation deck at Cape Spear. Photo credit: Matt McCoag
Image: A photo of me from the back, sitting in my wheelchair looking out at the rocks and ocean from a wooden observation deck at Cape Spear. Photo credit: Matt McCoag
A photo of the land just before the ocean, with a very small view of Signal Hill and Cabot Tower in the background.
Image: A photo of the land just before the ocean, with a very small view of Signal Hill and Cabot Tower in the background.
A photo of the large round wooden observation deck near the end of the trail, with ocean just beyond it.
Image: A photo of the large round wooden observation deck near the end of the trail, with ocean just beyond it.
A photo of me from behind, sitting in my wheelchair on a different observation deck near the end of the trail. There are rails in front of me and then cliffs and ocean beyond.
Image: A photo of me from behind, sitting in my wheelchair on a different observation deck near the end of the trail. There are rails in front of me and then cliffs and ocean beyond. Photo credit: Matt McCoag
A photo of the paved trail leading to the old barracks that are nestled into a hill.
Image: A photo of the paved trail leading to the old barracks that are nestled into a hill.
A photo of the large round wooden observation deck near the end of the trail, with ocean just beyond it.
Image: A photo of the large round wooden observation deck near the end of the trail, with ocean just beyond it.
A photo of a white building with a ramp leading up to it. It houses the public washrooms and on one door there is an accessibility sign.
Image: A photo of a white building with a ramp leading up to it. It houses the public washrooms and on one door there is an accessibility sign.

 

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