In this episode of the Have Disability, Will Travel podcast we talk with Elisabeth Graham, Executive Director of Heartland Forest Nature Experience in Niagara Falls, Canada.
Located within the urban boundary of Niagara Falls, Heartland Forest is a wonderful example of a Carolinian Forest including seasonal wetlands. Visitors of all ages and abilities can learn and grow while enjoying nature and the facilities. In 2004 the first accessible trails were laid – two kilometers meandering through the beautiful forest. The following year a wheelchair accessible tree house was built complete with a 110 foot ramp. Next a fishing pond, followed by a merry-go-round, swing and nature-themed miniature golf course – each unique in their design and function and suitable for wheelchair and scooter accessibility.
In addition to talking about her current work, we also discuss the challenges and joys of traveling with a family member with Autism.
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PS – We added Elisabeth and her son Zach’s favorite travel songs to our playlist of songs selected by our guests – give it a listen!
Accessible Travel Tunes – Music from the Have Disability, Will Travel podcast