Accessibility

As we seek to make improvements to our built environment to improve access, we are aware that most historic buildings were not originally designed to accommodate people with mobility and other access needs. Providing access (interior and exterior) in ways that preserve the character of the historic property is a challenge that does require creativity and collaboration with stakeholders. By providing interpretive programming and animation activities outside buildings, along with digital and print images for physically inaccessible spaces, we hope to make your visit more enjoyable. Please contact us for more details. 

Our site currently consists of:

Welcome Centre (Main Building)* Temporary set up for early 2022

  • Reception/registration desk is accessible via ramp
  • For early 2022, our gift shop will be located on the site in our historic schoolhouse (step access only)
  • Due to construction, the remainder of the existing visitor centre is accessed by staff only
  • We will be opening our new Welcome/Cultural Centre with accessible ramps, washrooms, power door openers and other features during the 2022 season

Washrooms

  • Accessible public washrooms are located in the main parking lot and on site next to the church
  • The new washroom building next to the church is equipped with power door openers
  • Accessible public washrooms will also be open in the new Welcome Centre when it opens during the 2022 season.

Getting Around the Site

  • The Highland Village is proud to be an Aira Access Partner.
  • Highland Village is located on the side of a picturesque 40 acre hill with some significant climbs
  • Our paths and roads are primarily gravel based with some grassed spots
  • Parking areas are available on site to improve accessibility and reduce inclines - see reception desk for more information
  • There is bench seating available throughout the site
  • Dogs including assistance guide dogs and medical response dogs are welcomed throughout our site as long as they are on a leash. 

A Note about the Historic Buildings:

  • There are twelve historic buildings
  • 4 buildings (Blackhouse, Barn, Church, General Store) have a ramp or level entry to the main floor
  • 4 buildings (Log House, Forge, Shingle Mill and Carding Mill) have one step
  • 4 buildings (Centre Chimney House, Centre Hallway House, School, Turn of the Century House) have two or more steps
  • Staff are on hand to share stories and historical information about the site inside or outside our historical buildings

This webpage will be updated as we make improvements.