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Recreational Trails and Beach Access Routes

wooden trail in a nature park with people walking on it

Accessible recreational trails and beach access routes allow everyone to enjoy the natural spaces in our communities, including people with disabilities.

Select the headings below for information about what this requirement applies to:

What are recreational trails?

Recreational trails are public pedestrian trails intended for recreational and leisure purposes, such as walking through a park or enjoying nature.

It does not include wilderness trails, back country trails and portage routes, or trails only meant for cross-country skiing, mountain biking, or driving motorized recreational vehicles, such as snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.

What are beach access routes?

Beach access routes help people get to a public beach area. They are often constructed pathways, allowing people to access a beach from a parking lot, trail, or picnic area.

They include both permanent and temporary routes (e.g. routes which may be removed for the winter months).