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All About the
Accessible Wilderness Society

Our Mission Statement

The Accessible Wilderness Society (A.W.S.) was officially incorporated in May of 2009; the Society was founded on the principles that inclusion for people with physical challenges is a concept that should not be the exclusive domain of urban centers. The A.W.S. motto is to "Create, Develop and Promote" both the idea and the concept that all people, regardless of their physical challenges should be able to enjoy one of Canada's greatest natural resources, the Great Outdoors.

  • Creating
  • Opportunities that provide a chance for "Every-Body" to participate and enjoy a relatively barrier free wilderness adventure.

  • Developing
  • Partnerships with Government, Business and other like-minded Organizations who also see the value and need for inclusive tourism.

  • Promoting
  • Businesses, Individuals and like-minded Organizations thus creating the Opportunities and strengthening the Partnerships.

We believe that "inclusion" is a concept that should go beyond the urban centers and be expanded to include the more rural wilderness areas as well so that "Every Body" can be a part of, and participate in one of Canada's greatest natural resources; "The Great Outdoors". We're also busy in assisting in the creation of these types of opportunities that will increase the possibilities for excitement and adventure for all people as they explore all the wonders of the Province of British Columbia.

Our organization operates with no paid employees, we are all volunteers who are doing what we do because we strongly believe in and are passionate about,
the above mentioned ideals.

Our Primary Goal

The Creation and Devolopment of the Roberts Lake Project, a wilderness lodge and campground that will incorporate the concept of universal design and embrace to concept of inclusion throughout that design process. This project, when complete, will not only provide accommodation that works for people with unique needs it will also provide opportunity to participate in recreation and adventure.

A place that works for "Every-Body".

New Boardwalk Trail

A nice leisurely stroll with friends on the Paradise Meadows Trail boardwalk up on Mt. Washington here on Vancouver Island

The Barge to the Beach

Thanks to Jon Pimlott and his inventive mind for helping us venture across the lake to the beach. Now THAT's accessible!

BCMOS Trailrider

BC Mobility Opportunities Society
Taking people to places they might have thought were no longer possible to get to.

Whale Watching in Tofino

West Coast Aquatic Safaris in Tofino, BC
take our friends Regan and Jan Myers out on an accessible ocean adventure.

    Our Board of Directors

  • Dan Bauer - President

  • Gerry Price - Vice-President

  • Veronica Hasler - Director

  • Brent James - Director

  • Paul Johnson - Director

You Can Help

The Accessible Wilderness Society is for "Every-Body" so it stands to reason it will take "Everyone" to help make it happen. The AWS needs volunteers who are willing to act as advisors or possibly to become a Board of Direct in order to share their expertise as this Project moves forward. If you have experience in any of the following areas or if you share our passion then we'd love to hear from you.

  • General Contracting
  • Marketing
  • Grant Writing
  • Fundraising
  • Media
  • Legal/Accounting
Volunteers in action at our Family Fun Day at
Wembly Mall in Parksville, BC.

What's New

The new Vancouver Island Travel Planner is hot off the presses and being distributed starting the end of July 2013. Featuring over 40 "accessible" Parks and Trails here on the Island.
Also available online in flipbook format.
Order your copies today, they're Free!

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