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Having a puppy pal is obviously the greatest thing you could ever do for yourself. But what is there to do around the city? What areas are pet friendly and fun? Have no fear, we have got you covered. We’ve compiled a list of the best Vancouver dog activities that you and your pups can do together! Your city dwelling doggos will love you for bringing them along on these adventures and getting to spend some quality time with their human.
Best Vancouver Dog Beaches:
1) CRAB Park at Portside: You will find this unique park right next to the industrial port downtown. It’s a great spot to watch the massive container ships load and unload while your pup runs around and gets their exercise. Although, this isn’t a place for people to swim, but it is a great spot for dogs.
2) Fraser River Park: In the south-end of Vancouver, along Southwest Marine Drive, this park lies against the Fraser River. Dogs have free reign on the west side of the park and can get in some excellent river swimming.
3) Hadden Park: Sandwiched between Vanier Park and Kitsilano Beach, by the Maritime Museum, this park is the most perfect dog beach. The secluded slice of sand, lined with logs, driftwood and rocks, has great views of downtown and English Bay. Dogs seriously love this park. Here you can take part in so many typical Vancouver dog activities, such as swimming, fetch, frisbee, and meeting other dogs and dog lovers!
4) Trout Lake Park: Out in the east side of the city, in the middle of an urban jungle, is this great little park; a pleasant retreat for people and pets alike. Fortunately, for pets, the freshwater lake is closed to human fishies, so dogs rule the water.
5) New Brighton Park: In a slightly random location, by the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge, this park is an unusual combination of green space, industrial facilities and great views of the Burrard Inlet. There are nice beaches and a large amount of off-leash area. Furthermore, there is also plenty of family fun areas, such as the pool and playgrounds.
6) Spanish Banks West: The Spanish Banks are quite far out from the city, but you get a great view downtown and can breathe in so much nature. At the far end of Spanish Banks, past the last concession, you’ll find the dog beach. A great mix of grass, sand, and rock beaches, backed by thick forest. This is one of the most popular places for owners to take part in all of the best Vancouver dog activities.
7) Sunset Beach Park: Right under the Burrard Street Bridge, this may be the most urban of Vancouver’s dog beaches. Here, downtown pups can swim in False Creek and play in the sand.
Best Vancouver Dog Activities and Attractions:
The great thing about Vancouver is that there are so many outdoor activities to engage in. In addition to all of the beaches and mountains, there are so many ways to get a true Vancouver experience on vacation, with your dog by your side. You can check out a guided tour of Historic Gastown (See: Forbidden Vancouver walking tours), check out the Aquabus to Granville Island for quirky local shopping, art, music and food, head over to the Mainstreet Farmer’s Market for local produce and hand-crafted baked goods, or visit the historic Sam Kee building (the thinnest building in the World.). Here are a few more typical Vancouver dog friendly activities and attractions to check out in the area:
- Hell’s Gate Airtram -BOSTON BAR, FRASER VALLEY
43111 Trans Canada Hwy, 52 kms north of Hope, BC. Pets must be on leash. Furthermore, pets are not allowed anywhere that food is served.
- Burnaby Central Railway -BURNABY
Confederation Park, 120 North Willingdon Avenue. Miniature railway rides and railway museum. Pets must be on leash. Of course, please clean up after your dog.
- Twilight Drive-In -LANGLEY
260th Street & Fraser Highway
Open February to November. Pets must be on leash. Please clean up after your dog. Management reserves rights to refuse any animal.
Capilano Suspension Bridge -NORTH VANCOUVER
3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Open year-round. Most importantly, pets must be on a short leash and under control. These Vancouver Dog Activities are better for dogs who aren’t scared of heights!
- Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre -NORTH VANCOUVER
Located in Lynn Canyon Park at the end of Peters Road in North Vancouver.
Natural history museum and temperate rainforest with trails. Dogs may be off leash but under control on trails south of Twin Falls Bridge. Especially important, guide and assistance dogs are welcome in the Ecology Centre, but no other dogs are.
- Pacific Spirit Park – Close to UBC. We wrote an entire blog post about Pacific Spirit Park because these trails are amazing!
Awesome Vancouver Dog Hikes:
Many people who come to Vancouver do so with the anticipation of getting outside and experience the vast amount of nature that this city has to offer. Luckily, there are so many hikes that you can take your dog on with you! Check out our article on the 10 Best Dog Friendly Hikes in Vancouver for a comprehensive list to choose from; these Vancouver dog activities are key to add into your itinerary! There is a variety of difficulty levels and lengths, to suite all athletic abilities. Another option is to head up to Whistler, only a 2 hour drive from Vancouver, it is a perfect getaway for you and your pup! Get outside and enjoy Beautiful B.C.!
Dog Friendly Vancouver Restaurants:
Vancouverites love food. There are so many restaurants here in the city and what’s even better is a lot of them are “dog friendly”. Side note: Vancouver has a lot of strict laws, like dogs cannot go in places that serve food. To be fair, this strictness is in relation to food safe, but that doesn’t stop dogs from being allowed on patios! Here is a list of some of the best places that you can bring your dog to eat:
- Score on Davie Street: Score’s street-side patio is incredibly ideal for West Enders to bring their dogs and tie them up to the fence while they eat in the sun. Also, there is an endless supply of ice cold water for each dog (and owners).
- Peckinpah – Gastown: Literally salivating just thinking about Peckinpah’s locally sourced Carolina-style BBQ… Peckinpah’s owners welcome dogs to be tied up on its street-side patio, where you’ll see lots of neighbourhood customers digging into a plate of ribs with their dogs beside them in the summer.
- Chill Winston – Gastown: Chill Winston has one of the biggest and best patios in the heart of Gastown that is absolutely perfect for people watching on a sunny day. Furthermore, there is an endless amount of water along the exterior patio where dogs can be tied up. Guests just need to request to be seated on the edge to keep their dogs close.
- JJ Bean – Yaletown: If you’re feeling in the mood for a caffeinated pick me up, JJ Bean in Yaletown has a big coffee patio in the heart of the neighbourhood frequently haunted by dog lovers. Foodie Erin Ireland claims this as one of her favourite dog-friendly neighbourhood hangouts.
- Burrard Bridge Marine Bar and Grill (aka. The Pirate Pub): Television host, Fiona Forbes, said that this is her favourite dog-friendly patio. There is plenty of space for your dog to be tied up, and the servers (and service) are fantastic. Incredibly, this patio has also seen the likes of parrots, cats in purses, ferrets around necks and even bunnies. Staff will cater to your dog with individual water dishes and doggy treats and even bring you a bowl of dog food free of charge if your happy hour extends into dinner time.
- Hurricane Grill – Yaletown and North Vancouver locations: Both of Hurricane Grill’s locations are very doggy-friendly, and are in great locations. Management only asks that people have their dogs tied to the exterior railing. Either in North Vancouver or beautiful False Creek these are truly two of the most beautiful patios in the area. Bonus points: The Yaletown location is literally steps away from the Seawall. This makes for the perfect end to a leisurely cruise around False Creek, or the nearby Coopers’ off-leash dog park.
- Havana: its a great spot for people-watching. This curb-side Commercial Drive joint does its best to provide shade and water for its doggie patrons. The restaurant encourages guests to tie their dogs on the outside of the exterior railing. As a result, customers get to be in close range to their pup while getting to sip their delicious champagne sangria.
- Central Bistro: Great for their brunches, the Denman St. restaurant and bar has a wraparound patio that pokes onto Comox St. so your dog doesn’t get in the way of all the tourists going to English Bay. Water dishes are available and good dogs (AKA all dogs) get treats.
- Wicklow Pub: Smack dab on the False Creek seawall, guests can enjoy the upper-floor patio while their four-legged pals bask on the adjacent extended patio, which has a water bowl and umbrellas to keep the little guys dry on rainy days.
- Burgoo on Main: Burgoo, location in Mount Pleasant, features numerous patio tables with room for your dogs.
- Tap and Barrel: This is a cool restaurant located beside the main (and massive) patio for dogs to chill while their owners enjoy a beverage or two. Water bowls and dog treats are available mass quantity. Finally, it’s also just across the street from the Bone & Bowl, one of the most stylist pet stores in town.
Reviews of Vancouver Dog Activities:
The best part of living in Vancouver is the wide range of activities that you can do with your dog. Check out these places and let GoFetch know about your doggie and me experiences! Leave us a comment about your adventures on GoFetch!
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