BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS

Air Canada Flies Open Jaw to an Accessible Yukon

Media group and partners with the AC crew in YVR
Media group and partners with the AC crew in YVR

Many travellers - and travel advisors! -  may think of travel to Canada's Yukon as not just a remote, rugged, bucket list wilderness destination, but for travellers with limitations, possibly inaccessible. Persons with mobility, sight and hearing limitations may consider a journey to Yukon daunting, and with too many obstacles to consider.

Tanelle Bolt, Co-Founder SoulFly Experiences and Sonja Gaudet, three time Paralympic Gold Medalist in Curling
Tanelle Bolt, Co-Founder SoulFly Experiences and Sonja Gaudet, three time Paralympic Gold Medalist in Curling

So this week, Open Jaw is reporting from YXY to explore this incredible landscape and rich culture, with the hope of changing the perception that the ‘Great White North’ is out of reach to persons with disabilities.

Air Canada, Canadian owned and Vancouver-based SoulFly Experiences, Inclusion Yukon and Tourism Yukon  have gathered a small group of travel trade media, travel representatives and partners to partake in a barrier-free Yukon adventure.

“It’s exciting for us to partner with organizations sharing barrier free perspectives and travel needs,” Edna Ray, Air Canada Senior Key Account Manager - Global Sales, told Open Jaw.

"Air Canada is working hard to meet accessibility needs and understands that travel can be stressful for persons with disabilities."

Group on a private tour of the MacBride Museum
Group on a private tour of the MacBride Museum

Upon arrival in Whitehorse, we were treated to dinner and a private tour of the accessible MacBride Museum of Yukon History, followed by a tasting experience hosted by Yukon Brewing and Two Brewers.

Stay tuned to Open Jaw for more updates, as, over the next few days, we will be immersed in cultural activities, sample local cuisine, take in spectacular hiking vistas and experience the Yukon as an accessible and inclusive destination for all.

L-R Nicole Peterson, Co-Founder SoulFly Experiences, Tania Carriere, Manager Online Travel Agencies at AC, Christianna Scott, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion · Air Canada
L-R Nicole Peterson, Co-Founder SoulFly Experiences, Tania Carriere, Manager Online Travel Agencies at AC, Christianna Scott, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion · Air Canada
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