Vancouver’s Top 5 Dog Friendly Things To Do

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Looking to plan a pet-friendly trip to Vancouver? Look no further! Vancouver offers a wide range of dog-friendly activities that both you and your furry friend will love. From exploring local attractions to visiting off-leash beaches and socializing at dog parks, there is something for everyone in this versatile oasis. Vancouver truly embraces its love for dogs, with pet-friendly accommodations and a public transit system that welcomes small dogs. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure with your four-legged companion in beautiful Vancouver!

Planning a pet friendly trip to Vancouver and looking for fun things to do with your dog? Whether you love the bustle of the city or the tranquility of the woods, Vancouver has the sand and surf AND the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. There is truly something for everyone in this versatile oasis!

Woman dog on a mountaintop near Vancouver at sunset

Living in Vancouver is something you can’t quite explain – the city becomes enmeshed in everything you do and all that you are. And what’s not to love? In the winter, you can go from the heart of downtown to the ski slopes in 30 minutes. And in the summer, the city is almost surrounded by water with beaches to suit every mood.

The culture is a melting pot that hasn’t been melted – a place where people from all walks of life co-exist. You can find the flags of nations around the globe displayed with pride.

And Vancouver has city life and the great outdoors rolled into one. You can go from theatre, music, and art one day to hockey, football, and soccer the next!

But above all, this city loves dogs. And Vancouver has created a lifestyle that is world-class – not just for ourselves, but for our pooches too. In Vancouver, you’ll find a city that loves dogs as much as you do, where pet-friendly accommodations abound, and the public transit system welcomes small dogs to travel with you.

Vancouver’s Top 5 Dog Friendly Things To Do

With so many dog friendly things to do in Vancouver, you might have trouble deciding where to start. No worries! We’ve gathered some of the most popular options to help you and your pup lay out an itinerary.

Vancouver’s Top 5 Dog Friendly Things To Do

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1. Visit The Local Attractions

Part of the fun of visiting a new city is seeing the local attractions. Unfortunately, in many places, the local landmarks don’t welcome pets. But in Vancouver, you’ll find plenty of dog friendly sites to choose from!

Capilano Suspension Bridge

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is British Columbia’s most popular attraction – for good reason! Walking across the swaying bridge as it spans the canyon below is an adrenaline rush. But the payoff is a gentle path through the rainforest on the other side. For those craving more excitement, try the Treetops Adventure and then take a stroll on the Cliffwalk!

Historic Gastown

Historic Gastown is Vancouver’s first downtown core and now boasts over 200 retailers and restaurants you can visit. Download one of the many walking guides of this pedestrian-friendly district and take your pup for a stroll! Our favorite is the patio guide, which allowed us to sample the best eats and drinks in Gastown.

Hell’s Gate Air Tram

Imagine floating down the Fraser River when suddenly the canyon walls start closing in, forcing 200,000,000 gallons of water a minute through a channel only 110 feet wide. It’s no wonder European explorers coined this Hell’s Gate! Fortunately, you and your dog’s ride will be much more comfortable aboard the Hell’s Gate Air Tram as it smoothly descends into the gorge.

Granville Island

From downtown Vancouver, hop aboard the dog friendly Aquabus to Granville Island for quirky local shopping, art, music, and more. Don’t miss the famous Granville Island Public Market, home to over 100 vendors offering fresh seafood, meats, and specialty foods. Pets aren’t allowed inside the market, but they can join you on the outdoor patio to share any treats you purchase!

Vancouver’s Top 5 Dog Friendly Things To Do

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2. Hit The Dog Friendly Beaches

Given the choice, most dogs are going to vote to visit one (or all) of Vancouver’s dog friendly, off-leash beaches. And why not?! They’re the perfect place to splash in the waves and romp with the local dogs.

Please note that, while leashed pets are welcome in all of Vancouver’s parks, dogs are only allowed at beaches with designated off-leash areas, and they must stay in those areas when on the beaches.

The following Vancouver parks have off-leash beaches:

  • Hadden Park
  • John Hendry Park
  • New Brighton Park
  • Spanish Banks Beach Park
  • Sunset Beach Park

Our favorite dog friendly beach in Vancouver is at Hadden Park in Kitsilano. Amazing view, you guys!

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3. Socialize At The Off-Leash Dog Parks

Sand might not be your thing, but pups still love to run. If that’s true for you, why not try one of Vancouver’s 29 off-leash dog parks? No matter where you are in the city, there’s an off-leash dog park near you.

Off-Leash Dog Parks In The Downtown Core

  • Andy Livingstone Park (89 Expo Blvd at Carral Street)
  • Coopers’ Park (1020 Marinaside Crescent)
  • CRAB Park at Portside (101 E Waterfront Road)
  • Devonian Harbour Park (1929 W Georgia Street at Denman Street)
  • Emery Barnes Park (Davie and Richards Streets)
  • Nelson Park (1030 Bute Street)
  • Stanley Park (shuffleboard court area off Lagoon Drive)
  • Sunset Beach Park (behind Aquatic Centre, east of the ferry dock)

West Vancouver’s Off-Leash Dog Parks

  • Balaclava Park (4594 Balaclava Street, near W 31st Avenue)
  • Charleson Park (999 Charleson Street)
  • Hadden Park (1905 Ogden Avenue)
  • Hinge Park (215 W 1st Avenue, between Columbia Street & W 1st Avenue)
  • Locarno Park (Belmont Avenue and Trimble Street, between Trimble Street and Sasamat Street)
  • Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario Street, west side of the street)
  • Oak Meadows Park (899 W 37th Avenue, at Oak Street)
  • Queen Elizabeth Park (4600 Cambie Street, off E 37th Avenue and Columbia Street)
  • Quilchena Park (4590 Magnolia Street, between W 33rd Avenue and W 34th Avenue)

With these top 5 dog friendly things to do in Vancouver, you and your furry friend are guaranteed to have an amazing time exploring the city. Whether you choose to visit the local attractions, hit the dog friendly beaches, or socialize at the off-leash dog parks, Vancouver has something for every pup and their owner. So pack your bags, bring your dog’s favorite toys, and get ready to have a woof-tastic time in Vancouver!

Vancouver’s Top 5 Dog Friendly Things To Do

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