CPCIL Webinar on Accessibility and Inclusion in Parks (Recording)

Nature has no building code, but everyone belongs outdoors.

This webinar explored approaches to accessibility and inclusion in parks and protected areas, from modifying the facilities to adapting the experience. From the east coast, explore Parks Canada’s work creating barrier-free park facilities and experiences, and from the west coast learn about the inclusive programs delivered by Power to Be. Discover how inclusion takes innovation, commitment, and teamwork.



Tara McNally MacPhee, @taramcnallymacphee Manager of Visitor Experience, Prince Edward Island National Park, Parks Canada

Carinna Kenigsberg Manager of Community Partnerships Power To Be, British Columbia

This webinar is part of the Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership program to host a webinar on the first Thursday of each month.

Links to Resources

This is a temporary directory comprising links from the presentation. Please submit additional resources and programs using the buttons below.

Programs and Organizations

Power to Be Society PowerToBe.ca
Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS) AdaptiveAdventures.ca
Rocky Mountain Adaptive RockyMountainAdaptive.com 
Alberta Abilities Lodges/Coyote Lake Lodge aals.ca
Access Advisor AccessAdvisor.ca
Rick Hansen Foundation RickHansen.com


British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society
Bowhead Corp
Bowhead Reach Adaptive Chair
Sand Rider Beach Chair sandriderusa.com
Mobi-Mat Beach Mat mobi-mat.com
Access Trax Beach Mat accesstraxsd.com


Parks Canada Design Guidelines for Accessible Outdoor Recreation Facilities
BC Parks Universal Design Guide
Alberta Parks Inclusion Plan
Capital Region District of Victoria Guide to User-Friendly Trails
Intermunicipal Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (IACDI)
Naturally Accessible
Dr. Helen Smith, New South Wales
Dr. Helen Smith
Churchill Fellowship World Tour
California State Parks Accessibility Guidelines (2015)
United States Access Board Design for Outdoor Developed Areas

CPCIL Webinar on the BC Parks Licence Plate Program (Recording)

BC Parks and the Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation webinar about the BC Parks Licence Plate program, from its inception to implementation.

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Below is a link from the BC Parks marketing team, showcasing the program.

BC Parks Panelists Included:

Wendy Magnes – Manager, Visitor Services

Position Responsibilities: Oversees the marketing and visitor services programs for BC Parks including the BC Parks Licence Plate program, website, social media channels, visitor information requests and the Discover Camping Reservation Service.

Role in the Licence Plate Program:Responsible for managing the marketing and coordination with ICBC (BC’s Crown Corporation that manages insurance).

Sydney Martin – Manager, Visitor Programs

Position Responsibilities: Leads the Park Operator management, recreation policy and permit programs for BC Parks (financial, revenue, contract, attendance and new recreation planning and analysis). Currently chairs the BC Parks Leadership Team (PLT) which sets strategic direction for BC Parks and oversees the business planning cycle.

Role in the Licence Plate Program:Was Manager responsible for the creation of the program, from inception to implementation (2016/2017). Primary role: managing communication between all parties involved, negotiating and drafting MOU with ICBC, and preparing Fee Issue Paper for Treasury Board with the Corporate Services Division. 

Sharilynn Wardrop – Ecologist, Terrestrial

Position Responsibilities: Provide policy, technical, strategic and practical support for implementing the conservation program in BC Parks. Specific projects right now focus on managing trees, heritage/fossils, data management, species inventory, conservation links to community engagement and marketing.

Role in the Licence Plate Program:Played a key role in planning and implementing on-the-ground delivery of the program. Member of the committee that manages the dispersal of funds raised through the licence plate program. Funding is allocated to projects relating to community engagement, indigenous relations, fuel management and conservation.

Ashley Sloat – Recreation Service Specialist

Position Responsibilities: Leads and manages the Park Operator contractual agreement frameworks, negotiations, strategies, amendments, policies and procedures with the purpose of enhancing recreation opportunities, facilities, visitor satisfaction and attendance in BC Parks. 

Role in the Licence Plate Program: Formally, the Senior Marketing Officer. Was the BC Parks team lead for the Licence Plate project, developed the marketing strategy, solicited images and designs, worked closely with legal counsel to develop image use agreements and third party image use agreements between BC Parks and ICBC.   

Kealy Pringle – Senior Marketing Officer

Position Responsibilities:Manages and executes marketing for BC Parks, including BC Parks’ Licence Plate Program. Directs contractors for images and video to showcase LP funded programs, which are showcased online and in print materials, including social media – Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Role in the Licence Plate Program: Manages the on-going marketing and relationship with ICBC. 

This panel shared their experiences, successes, and process to bring this innovative program to British Columbia, and fund programs within provincial parks.