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This page lists all the accessiblity information and accommodations for the Vancouver Pride Festival. To learn more about Vancouver Pride events here.

Reservations for the Accessibility Viewing Zones are now full, and all remaining seats are first come first served.

Transportation: 

Accessibility Shuttle to Sunset Beach Park

Depart Waterfront Station – 9:40am

Arrive Sunset Beach Park – 9:50am

Depart Waterfront Station – 10:25am

Arrive Sunset Beach Park – 10:35am

Depart Waterfront Station – 11:10am

Arrive Sunset Beach Park – 11:20am

  

Accessibility Shuttle to Waterfront Station

Depart Sunset Beach Park – 4:00pm

Arrive Waterfront Station – 4:15pm

Depart Sunset Beach Park – 5:00pm

Arrive Waterfront Station – 5:15pm

Depart Sunset Beach Park – 6:00pm

Arrive Waterfront Station – 6:15pm

Parking: Various Parking lots around the Parade route. The Parade runs along Robson Street, Denman Street, and Beach Avenue. See road closures at the bottom of this section and use Parkopedia to plan out your route in advance of the event.

Water: Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to this event. A limited amount of water will be available at Accessibility viewing zones. There is a water refill station near the Beach and Brougton Accessible Parade viewing area near the Sunset Beach Festival.

Covid protocol: masks mandatory while seated in Accessible Paardec viewing zones. Masks strongly encouraged everywhere else along the Parade Route.

Washrooms: There are public washrooms around the Parade Route at local businesses. Washroom access will be available in Robson Public Market at 1600 Robson Street, the West End Community Center at 870 Denman Street until 1:00pm, and Denman place Mall at 1030 Denman St. There will be portapotties at the Robson/Nicola Accessibility viewing zone, the Beach/Broughton Community zone and at the end of the Parade route at Pacific and Jervis. 

Terrain: attendees will view from the sidewalk — the sidewalk is relatively flat and obstructions will be marked in hi-vis tape/chalk or covered with cones near Accessible viewing areas.

Sensory: The event will be loud with lots of people and crowds. We will have a low sensory zone behind the Parade accessible viewing zone at Beach and Broughton. It will be hot and bright. Some vehicles may flash their lights and honk their horns but we are asking entries to keep this to a minimum. We are asking that any firetrucks, ambulances, etc. do not use sirens near accessibility viewing zones.

Seating: Three accessible Parade viewing areas with seating are available along the Parade Route. One at Robson and Nicola, which includes shade tents and limited seating (folding chairs). Another viewing zone will be outside the West End Community Center at Denman and Comox and will include shade and folding chairs. The Parade viewing area at Beach and Broughton will have shade, bleachers, folding chairs and limited chairs with arms. See map below for a visual of the accessible viewing zones along the Parade route, signified with a white stick figure inside a blue circle.

First Aid: Three first aid stations along the Parade route, near the accessible viewing zones, as well as roving first aid attendants and paramedics. In a first aid emergency look out for our staff and volunteers in Bright pink t-shirts who can call for a first aid attendant, or call 9-1-1.

Harm Reduction: Good Night Out and Karmik will be roving at the Sunset Beach Festival near the Beach and Broughton accessible viewing zone.

Food: Multiple local businesses along the Parade route with a vairety of food choices.

Shade: Tents available at all three accessible viewing zones

ASL: ASL interpretation will be available at the Accessible viewing zone at Beach and Brougton.

Audio Descriptions: Live audio Descriptions will be provided by VocalEye at the Accessible viewing zone at Beach and Brougton.

Transportation: An accessibility shuttle will bring folks to the Sunset Beach festival from Waterfront station and back at the times below:

 

Accessibility Shuttle to Sunset Beach Park

Depart Waterfront Station – 9:40am

Arrive Sunset Beach Park – 9:50am

Depart Waterfront Station – 10:25am

Arrive Sunset Beach Park – 10:35am

Depart Waterfront Station – 11:10am

Arrive Sunset Beach Park – 11:20am

  

Accessibility Shuttle to Waterfront Station

Depart Sunset Beach Park – 4:00pm

Arrive Waterfront Station – 4:15pm

Depart Sunset Beach Park – 5:00pm

Arrive Waterfront Station – 5:15pm

Depart Sunset Beach Park – 6:00pm

Arrive Waterfront Station – 6:15pm

 

The shuttle is free and available for all folks though people with accessibility needs will be given priority. The shuttle is first-come, first served.

 

Shuttle stop at Waterfront will be just outside the front door on Cordova Street. A VPS representative in a pink shirt will be waiting outside. The Shuttle stop at Sunset Beach Festival will be at the corner of Bute and Pacific street.

Parking: Limited accessible parking spaces will be available at the Festival by reservation at the following form—Note that if you are confirmed for a parking space a VPS staff person will reach out to you.

Water: There will be two free water stations at the Sunset Beach festival. One will be available in the Jervis loop by the Accessible viewing zone at Beach and Broughton, and another near the 19+ zone in the Sunset Beach Parking lot. Water will be available for sale at all of the food trucks.

Covid protocol: Masks are mandatory in the accessible viewing zones at the Sunset Beach festival. Masks will be strongly encouraged everywhere else in the festival. For anyone who needs them, masks can be provided at the VPS info tent and HQ tent. please respect everyone’s personal space and social distance when possible. View map below which indicates water stations, VPS info tents and more.

Washrooms: Accessible portapotties can be found in the below locations:

 

  • 2 in Parade viewing zone
  • 2 by the community zone stage
  • 1 in Sunset viewing zone
  • 1 by first aid tent
  • 1 by main stage
  • 1 in beer garden

Many more generic portapotties will be available throughout the event site.

Terrain: This event is mostly held on grass. Some vendors will be situated inside the Jervis loop parking lot  which are accessible using mobility devices. The grass in the park is uneven but should be fairly flat due to the heat. We will place cones or other marking devices to indicate any large uneven surfaces or tripping hazards.

Sensory: Event music will be loud. There will be large crowds and bright sunshine. Limited flashing lights on stage. Canucks Autism Netowrk will be on site behind the Accessible Parade Viewing zone at Beach and Broughton providing stim toys, sensory activities, earplugs and sound cancelling headphones. The North Shore Disability Resource Center will be on site with their Low Sensory van in the Jervis loop parking lot for anyone who needs quite time away from overstimulation. 

Seating: There are three accessible stage viewing zones at the festival. One each in the 19+ zone and Community Zone which includes limited seating (folding chairs). The main stage Accessible viewing zone will be on a riser with seating (armless folding chairs and chairs with arms) and will have a ramp with railings leading up to it.

FA: there are 2 first aid siations at the Festival — one is near the parade accessible viewing zone at Beach and Broughton, and one is between the main stage and the stoli stage. Both are on grass but near a cement pathways. 

Harm Reduction: Good Night Out and Karmik volunteers will be roving on site. They will be stationed at the Oasis tent behind the Beach and Broughton Parade Accessible viewing zone.They will be bringing safer sex materials, narcan, water/snacks etc.. Sharps container available at the HQ tent. Drug testing will be available at Health Initiative for Men at 1033 Davie Street from July 29-31 from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

Food: Many food options available with different options for dietary restrictions.

Shade: All accessible viewing zones will be shaded. the low sensory tent is another place to cool down. Shae tents and umbrellas will be situated around the stages.

ASL: there will be asl at all three accessible viewing zone stages (Main Stage, Community Stage & Beer Garden stage)

Audio Descriptions: Vocaleye will be providing parade descriptions at the Parade viewing zone at Beach and Brougton, but not sunset beach festival. To sign up to receive Audio Description equipment, sign up HERE.   (link below) https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeUMUbF-_-eRX5Qk7ZQUODbXlPJYZ_v-6if9s0sQtVLIVkwNQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Accessible viewing zonea: Each stage will have a shaded accessible viewing zone on the grass near a paved pathway (working on finding material to cover grass to make things more mobility aid friendly) with seating. the community stage and the stoli stage will be under a tent with loose chairs (armless chairs and armchairs).

BUILDING, GOLDCORP CENTRE FOR THE ARTS
The building is accessible at street level on the Hastings side or via a ramp on the Cordova Street Courtyard side (across from JJ Bean Coffee). There are 2 ramp entry points, one is located against the building, near the entrance to the Woodward’s Westbank Atrium (which houses London Drugs and Nesters) and one is located against the building, beside the alley. Both the Hastings doors and the Cordova Coutryard doors can be operated by accessibility buttons located beside the doorways.

DJAVAD MOWAFAGHIAN CINEMA, GOLDCORP CENTRE FOR THE ARTS
The Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema is located on the 3rd floor of Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (GCA). Wheelchair-accessible via ramp from floor level. Exit doors on 2nd floor lead to stage level and 2nd floor hallway.

Carpeted
Height: 15”
Width: 33’ 11” at narrowest
Depth: 7’ 10” at narrowest