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‘Just like everyone else’: Islander excited about new mats and wheelchairs in P.E.I. National Park

‘It’s the ability to sit down on the beach and enjoy listening to the waves and be close to it’

By Nancy Russell, CBC News Posted: Jul 13, 2017 6:00 AM AT

Going to the beach just got easier for Prince Edward Islanders and visitors with mobility issues, thanks to some new additions at the P.E.I. National Park.

wheelchair in water it has floatation devices as arm rests and a metal frame like a shopping cart.

This beach wheelchair actually goes in the water. It costs about $2,000 USD. (Randy McAndrew/CBC)l Park.

Parks Canada has installed new accessibility mats at Stanhope Beach, along with two kinds of specially-designed beach wheelchairs.

“It’s amazing, it’s a hard feeling to explain,” said Daniel Savoie, of Chelton Beach, P.E.I.

“It’s going to be 30 years next year that I’ve been spinal cord injured and I never in a million years thought I would be able to enjoy the beach, sitting so close to the water and being able to go in the water.”

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Photo credits: Randy McAndrew/CBC

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