Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions
We have a huge variety of equipment which can support people of all ages and abilities. We also have the ability to modify equipment for an individual’s comfort and capabilities. We have several styles and types of cycles, trail riders, kayaks, paddle boards, and even canoes. We even have winter equipment. We are a year-round provider of outdoor sport and recreation. You can see some of our equipment HERE!
Below are some of the equipment we commonly use on CRIS programs (not exhaustive):
Adaptive cycling and related
Single trikes (including e-assist)
Single step-through bikes
Single recruitment trikes
Tandem upright bikes
Tandem recumbent bikes
All-terrain mountain e-bikes
All terrain mountain hand cycle (coming soon)
Front drives attachments for wheelchairs
Tandem and single kayaks (sit-in and sit-on-top)
Pontoon outriggers can be added to most any boat
One-arm rigour devices
Accessible SUP and canoes
General adaptations that can be employed in variety of outdoor activities
Supportive seat inserts
Lateral support devices
Transfer equipment + lifts
Please contact the CRIS office if you need any more information. We accommodate any ability and have a trained crew of volunteers to support these trips.
As a charity, our funding model needs to be diverse. CRIS applies for grants from private, community and government programs to assist with the cost of operational and program expenses such as rent, vehicles, insurance utilities and wages, Adaptive Adventure program delivery, and repairing or replacing equipment. We also fundraise and collect individual and corporate donations and work with in kind donations as much as possible to balance things out.
We rely heavily on our volunteers to support CRIS in many ways from running trips, to transporting equipment, to help with general office duties. If you have any skills or certifications that you think could be utilized by CRIS and want to support our mandate of helping people get outside, contact us!
Roles in which we need volunteers:
-Hiking, cycling, and paddling trip
-Equipment and vehicle maintenance
-Photography and videography
Donating – become a donor, being a registered Canadian charity CRIS will supply you with a tax receipt for which you may be eligible for up to 57% of your donation as a tax credit (depending on your tax bracket and province)
The Charitable Donations Tax Credit can be up to 33 percent of the amount you donated at the federal level. You may also be entitled to an additional amount reaching up to 24 percent of your donation depending on your province of residence.)
We are truly grateful for every dollar of support – you can donate direct or join our monthly giving campaign through Canada Helps. We accept e-transfers through [email protected] (please ensure you supply name and address otherwise we won’t know who it came from) by Visa or Mastercard over the phone or through Canada Helps or we have been known to take cheques too.
CRIS also accepts gifts of securities through its Legacy program;
You can become a corporate partner/sponsor of events or equipment, or if you know anyone who works for a company that has a “matching donation” or “employee match” program, let them know about CRIS and how much the support means;
Sharing the good news – if you are or become a client, tell us your story, write a review, offer to help spread the stories by following CRIS on social media
Adaptive Adventures: AA (as we call it) is our urban based fully guided and supported day programs. These are 2-4 hour duration trips in a variety of disciplines; hiking, cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, SUP, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. We operate year-round. We are an Okanagan supplier of programs, offering fully guided and supported outings utilizing our adaptive equipment and expertise, passion and empathy from Peachland to Vernon (currently)
Accessible Wilderness Expeditions: (formerly Adaptive Travel) AWE is our wilderness-based programming. Full day or multi day trips in the front country or back country are created and executed by highly trained guides, Search and Rescue personnel, firefighters and fire service staff along with passionate outdoor enthusiasts. These trips happen all over British Columbia and even outside the Province and can be just about any activity our clients can dream up. We have gone trekking on glaciers, paddling on the ocean, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, camping, and rock climbing. These trips are often once in a lifetime or even end of life wish list items and our job to make the experience unforgettable.
Adaptive Rentals: AR is a new program for CRIS. Our other programs promote independence in a guided and supported environment while AR promotes full independence by making adaptive equipment available to renters for their own independent experience. Like a traditional rental program that makes equipment available to those that want to access equipment they cannot afford on their own, wish to get out and do an activity to try it out before they buy or even those that just want a one off outing as part of a staycation or vacation, AR provides an inclusive option.