Dog friendly Vancouver, BC is the ultimate destination for pet friendly travellers. From the sand and surf to the majesty of the Rocky Mountains, from the bustle of the city to the peace of the woods, there is something for everyone in this versatile oasis. Come on over, eh? We would love to meet you.
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Oh Vancouver, how much do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I thank my lucky stars every day that I was born in this wonderland. To the locals, it comes as absolutely no surprise that the Mercer 2014 Quality of Living Survey named Vancouver the best place to live in North America and the 5th highest ranking place to live in the whole darn world. Living here is like something you can’t quite explain – the city takes over your heart and becomes a burnt in part of everything you do and all that you are.
What is not to love? In the winter, you go from the heart of downtown to the ski slopes in 30 minutes. In the summer? The city is almost surround by water with beaches to suit whatever mood you’re looking for. Vancouver culture is a melting pot that hasn’t been melted; a place where people from all walks of life co-exist and you can find the colours from nations everywhere displayed with pride. We are city life and the great outdoors. We’re theatre and music and art, but we’re also hockey, football and soccer too. We are more.
Plus, this city loves our dogs.With more than 27 thousand registered dogs living within the city limits, we’ve created a lifestyle that is world class, not just for ourselves, but for our pooches too. Come to Vancouver, where you will find pet friendly accommodations abound, a transit system that allows small dogs to travel with you and a city that loves their dogs as much as you love yours.
5 Reasons to Bring Fido to Dog Friendly Vancouver
- 1. Dog Friendly Parks and Beaches – There are eight off leash, dog friendly beaches in Vancouver. Eight, you guys. From the river banks of the Fraser to a freshwater lake nestled into the urban sprawl and the many sea side oasis’, there is a beach to suit every dog and his owner. (In case you’re wondering, our favourite beach is at Hadden Park in Kitsilano. Amazing view, you guys.) If the beach isn’t your thing, chose from any of Vancouver’s 29 off-leash dog parks, including one in the stunningly gorgeous, world renowned Stanley Park.
- 2. Fido Friendly Mountain Get Aways – Just a quick car trip from the City, Whistler is a mountain top village known for it’s world class skiing and snowboarding. What people may not know is that this mountain get away is also incredibly pet friendly. This small town boasts four off leash parks, special events like Whistler DogFest and the annual K9 Wine & Dine, and a multitude of pet friendly outdoor things to do, like snowshoeing, cross country skiing and hiking. Not convinced? Here are 10 Reasons Your Dog Wants to Go To Whistler
- 3. Take a Hike. Part of Vancouver’s charm is the amply opportunity to get back to nature with your dog. There are a tons of local, dog friendly hiking trails in Vancouver, with options to suit everyone from the novice hiker to the truly motivated. They call it “Beautiful, Supernatural BC” and that is never more evident than when you are hiking our beautiful city. Find the perfect Vancouver hiking trail for you and your furry friend here.
- 4. Good Eats for Hounds & Humans – Vancouver has a huge food culture. From the best places to get authentic Canadian poutine and our iconic Japadog street carts to high end restaurants and specialty cuisine from all over the world, the dining choices are endless in Vancouver. While dogs aren’t exactly kosher inside restaurants, patios all over town are ready to welcome you and your dog to kick back and tie on the ol’ feedbag and knock back a couple Canadian brewskis (careful though, Canadian beer isn’t the same as your typical American beer, which should be saved for children and the elderly. We drink real beer here in the True North.) There are also a myriad of high end pet shops to pick up some noms for your dog. No trip to the city is complete without a stop at True Carnivores for a snack. Check out the best dog friendly Vancouver patios, great pet friendly spots for brunch and a whole list of other fido-friendly Vancouver eateries.
- Dog Friendly Tourist Attractions – The hardest part about pet- friendly vacations is always that not all local landmarks are pet friendly. Vancouver boasts a variety of pet friendly local attractions. Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge or the Hell’s Gate Air Tram. Take a guided tour of Historic Gastown (We love the Forbidden Vancouver walking tours for something a little spicier than the average tour.) Take the colourful Aquabus to Granville Island for quirky local shopping, art, music and more. Indulge in local produce, hand crafted baked goods and more at the Mainstreet Farmer’s Market or visit the historic Sam Kee building (the thinnest building in the World.) Want to take in the local sites that aren’t pet friendly? Love on a Leash offers pet sitting services, right in your hotel room. Get all the details here. (I’m in love with LOaL resident cutie, Finnegan and I would trust owner Tammy with my own dogs.)
No matter what you choose to do, Vancouver is the ultimate pet friendly vacation destination.
We know Vancouver is the place to be for people and their pets. That’s why we’ve nominated our great city as GoPetFriendly’s Best Cit for Pet Travellers. Thanks to you and your votes, we’ve made it all the way to the “Sweet 16”, eh?
This round we’re up against Bend, Oregon. Now I don’t know much about the place, other than it’s the home of RuffWear HQ, but I do know that Vancouver in giv’n’r a run for her money. Want make Kol’s tail wag? Don’t be a hoser, head over to the Go Pet Friendly page and vote for Vancouver.