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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Alt Hotel

A photo of the Alt Hotel lobby with lots of very fun, modern couches, chairs and ceiling lights.

Last summer I needed a change of scenery when I was laid up in bed with a really bad back. I decided I would rather spend a night laying in a hotel bed looking out at the harbour, so I headed to Alt Hotel to check it out. I had already heard good things about their accessibility, and the pics I saw online of the lobby and rooms looked so dreamy. I was not disappointed! It was beautiful and cozy, and I had such a relaxing night not very far from home. For anyone interested in going for a (mostly) …

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Creating Accessible Events

A white background with coral coloured bold text that says "creating accessible events"

Let’s talk about how you can be a better ally to the disability community when you’re planning public events. ⁣ The first place to start when planning an event should be finding an accessible venue. You should check out the venue in person to see if it’s accessible to your event attendees. Here are some things to keep in mind when checking for accessibility:⁣ – Are there stairs? If so, is there another wheelchair accessible entrance with a ramp or lift?⁣ – Are there automatic doors? If not, can you prop doors open or have someone standing by the door …

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Manuels River Trail

A view of Manuels River and the surrounding trees from a bridge above it.

Last fall I went on a very fun adventure to Manuels River to try out an all terrain wheelchair that can be booked out from the Manuels River Interpretation Centre and used on their trails. The chair is called the Grit Freedom Chair and has been available at Manuel’s for the last two years thanks to funding from the Community Healthy Living Fund and the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development (Government of NL). Since then it has mainly been used during educational programs as students in wheelchairs often visit with their class and are able to participate in the …

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Round Da Bay Inn: Bonavista Peninsula

A photo of the exterior of Round Da Bay inn, a large two story red inn with white trim and decks, with two wings of single story rooms on either side of the middle two story building.

I want to tell a story about Round da Bay Inn and the owners Karen & Chris Ricketts. When I first set up Access YYT, I think Karen/Round Da Bay Inn was one of my first followers. And as I continued to post accessibility tips and advice on my accounts, I began to notice a trend. Basically everything I shared as suggestions to make a business and their social media presence more accessible was promptly followed by Round Da Bay Inn. If I said that businesses and public figures should use image descriptions for any photos they share across their …

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Harbourside Park

A photo taken at the edge of the wharf at Harbourside Park, looking out at the Narrows in the harbour.

Last week I sat with one of my best friends at Harbourside Park while sipping on a latte and taking in the view. I always love getting a drive thru coffee and then heading to Harbourside. There’s an accessible parking spot right in front of the entrance, some nice ramps all the way down to the water, and lots of benches to sit at if you don’t always have a seat under you like I do. There is some gravel on each level of the park which can be hard for some people to push their mobility aids through, but I …

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Landwash Brewery: Mount Pearl

A red sign on a white wall that reads Landwash Brewery. Underneath is a smaller white sign that says Taproom.

Another local brewery that I really love is Landwash Brewery! It is such a beautiful venue with delicious beer and an amazing food truck – Saucy Mouth. It isn’t perfectly wheelchair accessible but it has a lot of accessibility features and I believe they’re currently working on adding more. ⁣ For those of you who need to know about accessibility features before heading to Landwash, here’s what you can expect:⁣ ⁣ – The parking lot has multiple accessible parking spots and there’s a proper curb cut to get onto the curb that leads to the main entrance.⁣ – There is an …

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The Rec Room

a picture of the arcade area of The Rec Room with a large sign overheard that reads: The Yard.

My new favourite place to hang out with friends is The Rec Room St. John’s in the Avalon Mall. I love it for a number of reasons: they have loads of arcade games, they have other fun activities like bowling, axe throwing, and virtual reality, they have a nice restaurant, and they have a bar that serves drinks and delicious late night snacks. But my FAVOURITE part of The Rec Room is how very wheelchair accessible it is! Before The Rec Room opened, it was not easy for me to go out and socialize with my friends. Most places they …

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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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