When traveling with your pet, it’s important to keep their routine as normal as possible. Thanks to Vancouver’s temperate climate and incredibly lush outdoor spaces, the city is a great escape for pet owners. To prepare you for your next adventure in Vancouver, we’ve outlined some of our favorite spots to take in the city with your furry friend!
If you’re visiting during the colder winter months, this activity is a must-do! There are lots of snowshoeing trails where dogs are welcome, including the Hollyburn Trail in Cypress Provincial Park, and the appropriately named Dog Mountain Trail on Mount Seymour. In most cases, your dog will need to be on-leash, and because these areas are usually unpatrolled, so make sure that you are prepared for backcountry travel.
For dogs that prefer to stay dry while experiencing the water, taking an Aquabus ferry from downtown over to Granville Island is a fun excursion. Once you’re on Granville Island, take your dog over to the Granville Island Pet Treatery for a healthy snack. Explore the district’s artisan studios and public areas!
Here’s a cafe offering special coffee roasted in the Pacific Northwest. All 49th Parallel locations are super dog-friendly, providing space to tie your furry friend near you. The downtown location lets you have your pup on the patio so you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a pupacino all at once!
Address: 689 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
As its name reveals, Sunset Beach Park is the perfect place to take in the sunset with your pup by your side. This park is just off the seawall with plenty of good-natured pups and their owners taking in sand and surf with their buddies. This is a lovely beach for dogs to play in the sand and take a swim, and far enough removed from the seawall that they won’t get in the way of pedestrians and bikers. You also get fantastic views of the boats shuttling in and out of False Creek.
Located right in Yaletown, Coo Coo Coffee is a relaxing stop for you and your pup after a nice walk. Your little pooch can join you on the patio as you sip on some of the popular coffee selections and snacks.
Address: 477 Davie Street, Vancouver
This hike in North Vancouver leads along the banks of Lynn Creek to 30-metre-tall Norvan Falls. While the hike is not short, it’s fairly flat so it is only moderately difficult. Dogs are allowed off-leash on this trail too. See the Norvan Falls hiking guide for more info