Organizations offering leisure activities, enriching your life outside work

The Youth Leadership Initiative’s Advisory Committee suggested that participating in community work and developing hobbies or leisure activities not only help young adults with disabilities reduce stress but also learn new skills, build self-confidence, and enhance social learning.

Having a hobby we enjoy brings us joy and excitement, which helps relieve our stress. It’s also a good opportunity to acquire a new skill and create a sense of accomplishment as we progress on that hobby. Developing a sense of accomplishment also helps build our self-esteem. In addition, if we participate in a social activity, our social learning can be enhanced. By interacting with peers, sharing ideas, and collaboratively tackling tasks, we can positively influence each other.

We have curated a list of organizations offering leisure activities. Come back and visit frequently, as we’ll constantly update the list.

Organization NameProgram NameType of ActivitiesTypes of DisabilitiesCity or AreaProvinceAge
Canadian Therapeutic Riding AssociationRiding with Horses (therapeutic, recreation, sport programs). Some centres have Hippotherapy (physical therapy using the horse’s movements).Physical (mobility)Various AreasNationalAll ages

Sportball Adapted ProgramsSportballAutism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Down SyndromeAcross CanadaBC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NSChildren
Swam CanadaOne-on-one swimming lessonsChildren with special needsAcross CanadaBC, ON, NS, NBChildren
British Columbia
Adaptive Sailing Association BCAdaptive sailingPhysical (mobility)VancouverBCAll ages
British Columbia Mobility Opportunity SocietyAdaptive hiking, paddling, cyclingPhysical (mobility)Metro VancouverBCAll ages
Disabled Independent Gardeners AssociationAdaptive GardeningPhysical (mobility)VancouverBCAll ages
Vancouver Adapted Music SocietyVAMS Mini-school9-course series providing clients with a well-rounded introduction to the music industry. This engaging and hands-on set of workshops is an opportunity to explore the student’s interest in various facets of the music industry and includesPhysical (mobility)VancouverBCAll ages
BC Wheelchair BasketballWheelchair basketballPhysical (mobility)Various areasBCAll ages
BC Wheelchair Sports AssociationTrack & field, wheelchair rugby, basketball, Tennis, target sportsBCAll ages
British Columbia Blind Sports and Recreation AssociationBCAll ages
Swim BCPara-swimmingFunctional, Visual, IntellectualVarious AreasBCAll ages
Sportability BCSledge Hockey, Boccia, Power Soccer, CP/Para SoccerPhysical (mobility)Various AreasBCAll ages
BC Adapative SnowsportsSkiing or snowboardingPhysical, CognitiveVarious AreasBCAll ages
BC FloorballWheelchair floorballPhysical (mobility)VancouverBCAll ages
CurlBCWheelchair curlingPhysical (mobility)Various AreasBCAll ages
Adaptive Sports Sun PeaksAdaptive learn to ski/snowboard lessons Physical (mobility), sight and hearing impaired, intellectual and cognitive disabilities, mental health disabilitiesKamloopsBCAll ages (6+)
BC Blind Sports and Recreation AssociationChair Yoga, in-person fitness classes (cardio, strength), virtual fitness classes (balance, bodyweight exercises, seated exercises), Early intervention project (pre-school children who are blind of partially sighted), Insight project (adapted fitness for youth who are blind or partially sighted, Competition Development (sports including hockey, dragon boating, tennis)Blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind, blind with additional disabilitiesVarious AreasBCAll ages
BC Deaf Sports FederationCurling, Pickleball, Basketball, SkiDeaf and Hard of HearingVarious AreasBCAll ages
Whistler Adaptive Sports ProgramAlpine skiing and racing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, hiking and trail riders, hand-cycling, biking, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, swimming, triathlons, running, yoga and gymnastics. One-on-one programs, camp settings, groups.Physical, sensory, cognitive disabilitiesWhistlerBCAll ages
Rocky Mountain AdaptiveDisability GroupsHiking, biking, paddlesports, snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeingPhysical (mobility)BanffABAges 5-30
Canadian Adaptive Snowsports AlbertaAlpine ski/snowboardPhysical (mobility)Various AreasABAll ages
Wheelchair Sports AlbertaWheelchair basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Tennis, Wheelchair Athletics and Sledge HockeyPhysical (mobility)Various AreasABAll ages
Saskatchewan Wheelchair SportsCurling, Para-canoe/kayak, rugby, para ice hockey, tennis, basketball, para-alpine skiing, para nordic skiing, sailing, target sports, water skiingPhysical (mobility)Various AreasSKAll ages
Able Sail OntarioAccessible SailingPhysical (mobility)Various AreasONAll Ages
Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning CentreTherapeutic horse riding, recreation, farm-related social activities, equine facilitated wellnessSpecial needsPuslinchONAll ages
Parasports QuebecVarious sports such as curling, soccer, basketball, rugby, tennisPhysical, VisualVarious AreasQCAll ages
Adaptive Sports FoundationTandem paracycling, paracyling adapted bikes, paranordic skiing on wheels, stand up paddle board, kayak, adapted horse riding, dahu, adapted mountain biking, adapted alpine skiing, paranordic skiing, nordic para skatePhysical disabilities (mobility)Various AreasQCAll ages
Prince Edward Island
Parasport and Recreation PEIWheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Para-CyclingPhysical (mobility), Blind and Visually ImpairedVarious AreasPEIAll ages
Nova Scotia
Sport Nova ScotiaPara Archery, Paracanoe, Para Equestrian, Para Rowing, Para Sailing, Para Swimming, Para Waterskiing, Wheelchair Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball, Blind Hockey, Para Nordic, Para Hockey, Para Snowboard, Para Karate, Wheelchair CurlingPhysical, IntellectualVarious AreasNSAll ages

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