For the past 10 years, Frontenac County and the Frontenac Accessibility Advisory Committee have been celebrating those who make significant contributions toward improving access for people with disabilities within the County with the Access Award. This year, The Blue Moose Bed & Breakfast on Wolfe Island was recognized with the honour.
The Blue Moose Family – Kate Slagle, James Bambury, Wes Bambury, and Ella Bambury – are owners and operators of The Blue Moose Bed & Breakfast, a beautiful century building in Marysville. According to a release from Frontenac County, like so many older buildings, it was not originally built with accessibility in mind.
According to the release, since taking over in 2018, the family has added moveable ramps to make the entire ground floor – including the porch and outside seating area – wheelchair accessible. Bed heights in the guest rooms were adjusted to facilitate transfers. Menus were developed to accommodate special needs. And, last year, the Blue Moose received Government of Canada support from the Enabling Accessibility Fund to complete a full wheel-in wet room. The ground-floor guest-suite bathroom makes The Blue Moose accessible and comfortable for anyone living with mobility challenges or who uses a wheeled assistive device like a wheelchair.
The award was presented by Frontenac Accessibility Advisory Committee Chair Neil Allen, Frontenac Accessibility Advisory Committee member representing Wolfe Island, Janet MacDonald, and Frontenac County Warden Ron Vandewal at the Warden’s Wine and Cheese Celebration at Storrington Centre in Sunbury, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023.
“We are so grateful to be this year’s recipients of the Frontenac Access Award,” said Slagle. “Over the last five years, our family has worked diligently to improve the bed and breakfast to make it accessible to everyone visiting the island. It feels great to be recognized for that work and we’re so proud to be the first accessible accommodation on Wolfe Island.”
Learn more about Frontenac’s Access Awards here.