Drift Away Suite at Twillingate & Beyond

A photo of the main bedroom of the suite. There's a queen sized bed with a red headboard and a colourful quilt on it, and in the corner you can see a jacuzzi.

Last summer I headed to Twillingate for a little staycation. I was invited by the owner of Twillingate & Beyond to stay in their gorgeous, wheelchair-friendly Drift Away Suite. I had such a wonderful, comfortable two night stay and was able to provide the owners with some accessibility feedback so they could make some small changes to enhance the experience for other wheelchair users. I call this suite wheelchair-friendly because it met most of my access needs as a wheelchair user, but I did recognize some barriers that might exist for other wheelchair users. The suite was nestled in the back …

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An Accessible Luxury Picnic in the Park with Newfound Picnics

A close up photo of a bright blue picnic table with two cushions on the bench. On top of the table is a white linen tablecloth, two bouquets of flowers, several plates of food and drinks, and fancy dinnerware.

Today my husband and I headed to Bowring Park to have a romantic picnic lunch date hosted by an awesome new local business called Newfound Picnics (which is owned by a very nice couple named Heather and Josh). A few months back, Heather reached out to me asking for some ideas for accessible picnic locations in the St. John’s area. She told me that making her business accessible was very important to her, as she also lives with a disability and wants to ensure everyone is able to enjoy the experience. Side note: I am thrilled to be able to …

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TimeMasters Comics

A photo of the entrance of TimeMasters that shows the automatic front door and the level ground at the entrance.

My husband and I recently visited the new and improved Timemasters Inc. in the Hamlyn Road Plaza. We were very excited for Timemasters to make this move because it’s way closer to our home and we knew it would likely be more accessible for me. And we were right! I loved it and I was so happy with how wheelchair accessible it was. They have an accessible parking spot right by the door with proper curb cuts leading from the spot. There is another accessible spot close by as well. There’s an automatic door at the entrance, very wide aisles …

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Paul Reynolds Community Centre Pool

A photo of the pool area at Paul Reynolds Community Centre. In the foreground is the lazy river and children's splash pad, and in the background is the larger pool and water slides.

One of my favourite places in the city is the Paul Reynolds Community Centre. Before covid-19 I used to go to the pool there regularly for physio and I’m so impressed by how accessible every aspect of this building is! Every door has an automatic opener, there are counters at the front desk at wheelchair height, they have some gender neutral changing areas with large, fully wheelchair accessible washrooms (including accessible adult change tables) that also serve as showers and change rooms for swimmers with disabilities, and they also have a bunch of pool wheelchairs and lifts to get in …

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A Trinity Staycation at Blueberry Cottage

Image: A photo of the exterior of Blueberry Cottage - a dark blue house A frame house with white trim. Photo credit: Artisan Inn.

Please note: This blog post was originally written on  June 13, 2019. At the time of this vacation I was an ambulatory wheelchair user, meaning I mostly relied on crutches and my rollator and sometimes used a wheelchair. The accommodations worked for me based on my needs at the time. I also haven’t been back to many of these places since this post and cannot speak to whether accessibility changes have been made, but I am returning to the Bonavista area later this summer to do an updated post A few weeks ago we packed our bags, hopped in a truck …

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Cape Spear

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.

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 …

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