Creating accessible trails will help provide inclusive opportunities for people of all abilities and ages to enjoy the outdoors.
The Standard only applies to newly constructed and redeveloped recreational trails that are intended to be maintained. These types of trails provide pedestrians with a recreational or leisure experience, such as walking through a park to enjoy the natural environment.
The Standard strikes a balance between trails that are constructed to offer a specific experience such as a sport or physical challenge, and trails that offer a leisure experience that are usable by everyone, including people with disabilities. The Standard does not apply to:
- Trails that are not intended for pedestrian use;
- Trails that are solely constructed and intended for cross-country skiing, mountain biking or the use of motorized snow vehicles or offroad vehicles; and
- Wilderness trails, backcountry trails and portage routes.
Some trails are used for different purposes at different times and are considered multi-use trails. Trails like these might be used for skiing in the winter months, but used by pedestrians at other times. Multi-use trails are covered by the Standard. The Standard does not apply to trails solely intended for snowmobiling, biking or cross-country skiing.