Beach mat at English Bay Beach

Accessible beaches

Many of us like to hit the beach in the summer and now it’s easier for people with mobility challenges to enjoy the experience, too!


The Park Board has launched a pilot program at English Bay Beach bathhouse with the installation of a Mobi-Mat, a non-slip beach access pathway that will allow people with mobility issues to access the beach.

This means people with walkers and in wheelchairs and scooters will be able to go to the beach with friends and family and enjoy the total beach experience.

A mat was installed just above the tide line at English Bay in August 2017 and will be removed in the fall. If successful, more mats will be installed at other beaches in 2018.

The pilot was implemented as a result of feedback during the public engagement process for VanPlay, a guide for creating vibrant parks and recreation over the next 25 years. People asked that beaches be made more accessible.

Tell us what you think about Mobi-Mat

Your feedback regarding the Mobi-Mat is important. Please email

Beach wheelchairs

The Park Board is getting more beach wheelchairs!

The chairs, which require an attendant to push, can be used at most city beaches. There are currently two available free of charge. One is located at Jericho Beach and another at English Bay Beach. Nine new chairs will be distributed to other beaches across the city in 2018.

Reserve a beach wheelchair

Wheelchairs can be reserved through the Kits Lifeguard Tower at 604-738-8535.

The tower is open between the Victoria Day and Labour Day long weekends from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm. Call 48 hours in advance to ensure availability.

A mechanical operation specialist will deliver the chair to the requested beach and collect it afterwards.

Adapted and integrated programs

Learn more about Park Board adapted and integrated recreational programs and services.