Accessibility

Getting Here & Parking

While most of the roads leading to Leighton Art Centre are paved, our driveway is gravel and our parking areas are a combination of gravel and mowed grass (or plowed snow over grass, in the winter).

We have room for several cars to park at the top of our driveway, to the left of our main building, including two designated accessible parking spaces for those who carry parking placards – these are to the right as you reach the top of the driveway. Most of the time, even if our top parking areas are full, those carrying passengers with mobility challenges can drop them off directly in front of the house before heading down to our larger parking area. Please use extreme caution when turning around in this area, as pedestrians are often present.

In Our Main Building

The Leightons’ historic home, which houses our Gallery, Museum and Gallery Shop, was built in the 1950s and contains three single steps up/down within its public areas: from the foyer towards the Gallery/Museum, from the foyer into the Gallery Shop, and from the Gallery/Museum towards the washroom and atrium.

We have a portable wheelchair ramp available for the use of any visitor needing it. If do you require use of the ramp, please call ahead to 403-931-3633 so we can have it ready for you.

On Our Grounds

We consider ourselves very fortunate to be the stewards of 80 acres of native Foothills grasslands, complete with rolling hills, native flora and fauna, and some of the most spectacular foothills and Rocky Mountain views around!

We have a number of paths mowed into our grassy areas, to allow for easier access to various parts of the property. When walking anywhere on the property, please watch out for uneven ground and holes created by ground-dwelling animals like ground squirrels; good walking shoes are recommended. During a snowy winter, pathways are more limited, but snowshoeing is encouraged.

We do not allow dogs (with the exception of service dogs) or smoking anywhere on our property and please do not take bicycles onto our grassy areas and paths.

At Our Education Centre

Our Schoolhouse Studio is entirely accessible via an access ramp, while our Potter Studio has a step up, but we have wheelchair ramps to assist anyone who needs it. The washrooms at the Education Centre are not currently wheelchair accessible; they are comprised of a 2-stall trailer toilet unit that with a couple of steps up (and doors not wide enough for wheelchairs). If you are attending (or want to attend) a program at the Education Centre and have questions about accessibility and how we might be able to accommodate your needs, please call us at 403-931-3633 or email education@leightoncentre.org.