1. CARIBOO CHILCOTIN WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE TRAILS NETWORK, CARIBOO CHILCOTIN
This large swath across central BC contains a network of 19 accessible nature trails. They cover a variety of environments ranging from craggy mountains to grassy fields.
Rick Hansen, three-time Paralympic gold medalist, is a Canadian icon best known as the “Man In Motion” for undertaking an epic two-year 40,000-km (24,800-mi) journey around the world in his wheelchair. Founder and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation, an organization committed to creating a world without barriers for people with disabilities, Rick is from the Cariboo.
His passion for the outdoors is evident through many of the Rick Hansen Foundation’s projects advocating for greater awareness in accessibility tourism and social change. These trails in his hometown are now barrier-free, meaning people of varying physical abilities can access them and enjoy the same wilderness that Hansen loved while growing up in this region.
Below, listen to Hansen talk about his outdoor adventures in the Cariboo.