“Kéroul has worked for 40 years with multiple partners, including the Ministère du Tourisme, to ensure that Québec is as accessible as it is welcoming.”
Kéroul, a strong ally
The organization has developed practical tools to help people with motor, hearing or visual impairments plan their stay in Québec.
Wondering how to find out if a tourist establishment or site (e.g. hotel, park or museum) is accessible to all travellers, including those with a physical, visual or hearing disability? In Québec, Kéroul criss-crosses the province to test and evaluate establishments. Its representatives also make recommendations to businesses on adapting their infrastructures.
Québec for All is a database of over 1,800 Kéroul-certified tourism businesses in 20 regions of Québec. Fully or partially accessible to people with a disability, seniors, or anyone with difficulty getting around (parents with strollers included), these establishments offer a warm and caring welcome, with staff that has been trained to respond to the needs and expectations of this clientele.
Business accessibility and searches
With the Bonjour Québec search engine, you can also find accommodation establishments and tourist sites or activities whose accessibility has been evaluated by Kéroul based on four criteria:
Services for people with a visual impairment
Services for people with a hearing impairment
It’s always best to check an establishment’s accessibility level before arriving, and avoid obstacles by writing or phoning before you leave!
Kéroul, founded by a determined traveller
The story of Kéroul’s founder is no ordinary one. It is thanks to André Leclerc that Québec is relatively accessible. There’s still room for improvement, but many obstacles have been removed.
Travel shapes youth, as they say. And it was in this spirit that André Leclerc, living with cerebral palsy and using a wheelchair, started hitchhiking around Québec in his early twenties. Definitely buoyed by a sense of freedom, he nonetheless kept a record of the obstacles he encountered.
He decided to make this his personal mission, and founded Kéroul (contraction of Kébec and Roule) in 1979. President and CEO for 40 years, André Leclerc built a team to raise awareness in the tourism industry about the accessibility of its infrastructures. This enormous task is ongoing since, with our aging population, “mobility will position itself as a major issue in the coming years,” said Mr. Leclerc.