Accessible Travel in Vancouver


Vancouver’s diverse community welcomes all. We strive to provide inclusive experiences that everyone can enjoy through accessible destinations and activities.

Getting Around

C-Tran Public Transit 
Buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts. Check their website for routes and schedules. 

If you have a need for a more specialized service, C-Tran does offer paratransit services, known as C-Van. This is a reservation based transit service for those with a disability that prevents them from riding the fixed-route bus system.

Private Wheelchair Transport  

Five Star Special Transport
Mercy 1 Transportation Inc.
TLC Wheelchair Services  

Ride Shares 
Both Uber and Lyft are available in Vancouver.


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Many hotels in the area offer accessible accommodations; below are just a few that are centrally located in Vancouver. They all offer hearing, vision, and wheelchair accessibility through accessible guest rooms and other hotel features. They will ensure you have a comfortable stay.

Hilton Vancouver WA

Relax at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, a contemporary downtown Vancouver hotel offering central

AC Hotel Marriott Vancouver Waterfront

Located at the corner of Daniels Street and Columbia Way, the AC Hotel Marriott Vancouver Waterfront

Hotel Indigo Vancouver Waterfront

Vancouver's first boutique hotel, Hotel Indigo Vancouver is a modern lodging experience on the north

The Heathman Lodge

Designed to express the beauty and spirit of the Pacific Northwest, The Heathman Lodge brings the

Community Centers 

Several community centers in Vancouver offer accessible pools, a variety of fitness activities, and classes for people of all ages and abilities.

Main Street Promise

The Main Street Promise project is dedicated to making Main Street (from 5th Street to 15th Street) safer and more welcoming for those who walk, bike, or use a mobility device. Planned accessibility features include:

  • New ADA accessible curbless roadway
  • Wider sidewalks
  • Tactical guidance strip for vision impaired
  • Enhanced pedestrian crossings at intersections
  • New street furnishings to allow for sitting
  • Enhanced lighting to improve nighttime visibility

Sensory Activities

Kilnfolk Clay - Offers monthly “Pottery Clay Date'' opportunities for ages 0-5. A private studio morning of sensory activities involving clay. Or book a “Kids Clay” class for ages 7-17.  

Kids Club Fun & Fitness - On Wednesday and Thursday mornings Kids Club offers “Mellow Mornings.” Children can play on the slides, suspension bridge, ball room, and other jungle gym features without loud music and large crowds. 

Regal Vancouver Plaza - See a movie with the lights turned up and the volume turned down at “Sensory Friendly Movie Screenings.” Offered at the first showing of the day on select Saturdays and Tuesdays of each month.

Vancouver Community Library - Proudly hosting one of the nation's most expansive Early Learning Centers, the library offers a variety of engaging activities designed to create a fun and educational experience for young minds. Additionally, sensory kits featuring tools like headphones, sunglasses, and weighted lap pads are available near the entrance for patrons to use and return.

City Parks

Vancouver boasts a multitude of parks throughout the city, most notably for accessibility are the new structures at Esther Short Park and Chelsea Anderson Memorial Play Station (CHAMPS) that include features that are the first of its kind in Washington state. These projects are addressing the need for accessible outdoor play spaces in the area. Working with the City of Vancouver, Harper's Playground, led the design and building of the new equipment. These two new play areas provide people of all ages and abilities access to physically, socially, and emotionally inviting play.

Inclusive features include:

  • Washington's first wheelchair swing
  • Musical instruments and winding paths
  • Double slide and play hill
  • Zero Entry Merry Go All
  • Roxall See Saw       

Click Here for more information from the City of Vancouver's Parks and Recreation.

Columbia River Gorge

If you are planning to explore the nearby Columbia River Gorge, please visit the Accessible Gorge website for information and resources for businesses and trails in the area that are accessible to visitors with disabilities. Accessible Gorge strives to provide as much transparent information as possible to empower visitors to make their own decisions.


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