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Bear Shore

Eastern Kings County, PEI has lots of secluded, local beaches like Bear Shore

If you follow the Bear River Road it turns to a clay road in Saint Margarets when it intersects the Northside Road at 16.  Keep on the clay Bear Shore road to a secluded, local beach where a pond empties into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Updated – I got corrected this beach is called Bear Shore or St. Margarets Beach depending on who you ask.
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Disabled ticketed on Victoria Row in Charlottetown

Closing streets presents confusion for police and public

Ticket issued to car with sticker for parking in disabled zone

There is plenty of confusion in Charlottetown over closing streets and the effect on disabled parking.  This week and last people with disabled stickers were being ticketed or chased off Victoria Row near the entrance to Confederation Centre.

City Councilor Rob Lantz says that shouldn’t be happening. He is working on a solution with City Police.  Lantz is a refreshing voice of reason in a City riddled with bigotry and prejudice.

On Tuesday a senior who could barely walk was told to get her car out of the disabled zone by City Police. Several vans and trucks parked up and down the street doing deliveries. A half ton truck drove the wrong way up the street. Commercial vehicles have no need but apparently are more important than the disabled.  Continue reading

Brackley Beach ramp $500,000, 500 feet and not accessible by wheelchair

Nothing about us without us at Parks Canada

Parks Canada stumbles with half million dollar white elephant at Brackley Beach

Brackley Beach ramp $500,000, 500 feet and not accessible by wheelchair

The new wheelchair accessible ramp at Brackley Beach in the PEI National Park is not accessible. Half a million dollars was wasted on the monstrosity that towers 18 feet in the air and 500 feet long. Parks Canada forgot to include people with disabilities in the design process.

“The fight is between stupidity and the people who make these decisions…they do things without us. They don’t ask our opinion ahead of time.”   Continue reading

Beach wheelchair at PEI's Brackley Beach  image: CBC

CBC says PEI beach is now wheelchair accessible

Updated – According to CBC but it’s really not when you check

Beach wheelchair at PEI's Brackley Beach image: CBC

CBC – Prince Edward Island National Park officially opened for the season Friday, with some upgrades and additions for people with disabilities.

See – Parks Canada $500K wheelchair ramp not accessible

Visitors to the park’s popular Brackley Beach will notice a new pedestrian ramp this season. The $500,000 structure is designed to make the beach more accessible to wheelchairs.  Continue reading

Parks Canada wheelchair ramp at Brackley Beach not accessible

Parks Canada $500K wheelchair ramp not accessible

Wheelchair ramp at Brackley Beach PEI goes 18 feet into the air, too high and too hard for people in wheelchairs

Parks Canada wheelchair ramp at Brackley Beach not accessible

Parks Canada has spent $500,000 on a wheelchair ramp at the PEI National Park that is not usable by people in wheelchairs. Encouraged by the story on CBC Compass PEI beach is now wheelchair accessible. we went to Brackley Beach to try it out.

The ramp is simply not designed with wheelchair users in mind. The ramp forces the person with the disability to push themselves up a steep and difficult 18 foot climb before descending to the beach. Parks Canada could have made the beach accessible at less than 25% of the cost by simply putting the ramp through the break in the dunes.

Once at the bottom of the long ramp, there are no beach wheelchairs and no platform to leave the wheelchair you came on.  Apparently, you have to call ahead to get the beach wheelchair delivered.  Parks Canada should have stored the beach wheelchairs on the beach where there are needed.
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