Watch Abilitas' vision of accessible respite at the Cold Water Ranch. We welcome the donation of construction materials and (new) items of indoor & outdoor furniture. Email us.
Did you realize...
One in six BC residents has a permanent disability, whether this is a visual impairment, a spinal cord injury, or another kind of physical or cognitive impairment. Most of them live below the poverty line. Issues of cost and accessibility make much-needed respite and opportunities for outdoor recreation unattainable dreams for many families & individuals.*
of BC families with a child or parent living with a disability are currently
facing crisis. There is a desperate need in our province for a barrier-free
respite location where these families can rest, recharge & reconnect as a
family and with other families, as well as enjoy the benefits of nature,
so that they can find strength, hope and inspiration to face their challenging
Water Ranch Lodge is a barrier-free environment created by the Abilitas
Foundation: it is the first respite accommodation of its kind in BC. Abilitas
has innovated respite by bringing it to the great outdoors and creating access
to the benefits of nature and outdoor activities. Abilitas is collaborating
with Power to Be Adventure Therapy Society which will offer accessible outdoor adventures for
children and adults with disabilities or cancer and their families/siblings.
Perhaps the most unique feature of the Cold Water Ranch Lodge initiative is
that it comes at no cost to the guests.
for government assistance and respite support are forcing individuals and
families into crisis, and driving parents into poverty and despair. A
respite lodge like this will offer families a glimmer of hope." - BC Association for Community Living
Abilitas Foundation is proudly supported by Farm Credit Canada. We thank Farm Credit Canada for its generous donation of $20,000 for the Cold Water Ranch Lodge initiative.