Top Pet Friendly Places you NEED to Visit in British Columbia

Top Pet Friendly Places you NEED to Visit in British Columbia

British Columbia is not only one of the trendiest provinces in all of Canada (a completely unbiased opinion of course), but one of the most beautiful places with a ton of dog friendly cities. We have compiled a list of exciting and different dog friendly activities and a few pet getaways for all your exploration needs! The best part is, you won't have to worry about any extra "pet fees" to bring your furry family members along!

Starlight Drive-in Theatre

picture of a dog and a its owner cuddled under some blankets at the drive in movie theatre in BC


Situated in Enderby BC, The Starlight Drive-in is your one stop shop for all things cinematic nostalgia! Enjoy the ultimate movie experience from the back of your pickup, cuddled up in your favorite blankets with all the comforts of your favorite to-go snacks. And that isn’t even the best part - this experience is completely pet-friendly, and we go so far as to encourage you to bring your furry friends along! 

To find this hidden gem simply follow directions to: 5341 Highway 97A, Enderby BC V0E 1V3 

Capilano Suspension Bridge 

dog sitting on the Capilano Supsension Bridge in Vancouver, BC


This 450 foot long hanging boardwalk situated in the beautiful forestry of friendly Vancouver, BC has become one of the most visited tourist attractions on the west coast. Unleash your inner daredevil and traverse a meager 230 feet above the ground. However, the suspension bridge is not the only thing to do while you are there! Explore more treetop boardwalks, enjoy a bite to eat and take advantage of the local gift shop too!

Your leashed pets are welcome in all areas of the park aside from the gift shop, restaurant and the Raptor Ridge area. We encourage you to visit this attraction which is dog-friendly and in Vancouver!

To find this hotspot follow directions to: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, BC Canada, V7R 4J1

Butchart Gardens

dog and his owner standing in the Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC



Anyone who has visited Victoria before or has dreams to some day visit, knows it widely for its unprecedented beauty. Butchart Gardens is no exception. Open year round to the public, you and your pup can explore over 55 acres of gardens where you will be witness to over 900 different bedded plant varieties.

When the vision began to come to life in 1904 Jennie Butchart made it her mission to transform what once was a blank slate into a vision of beauty! This truly is a serene pet getaway which should most definitely be on the top of your bucket list!

The beauty awaits here! Just follow directions to 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay, BC, V8M 1J8

Chestermans Beaches 

A dog standing on Chestermans Beach in a jacket



Dog beaches are one of our favorite things to talk about and visit. This serene expanse of beach is known to many locals as one of the region's best beaches and hosts waters for a variety of different summer and spring activities. Chestermans is also very well known for being one of the best dog friendly beaches. It is mentioned as North America’s best spot for beginner surfing, but many locals can't resist hitting the waves either!

Tofino BC, is the spot to be! Whether you want an Instagram worthy sunset or a picnic on the beach. This is the place where all your dreams will come true!

Situated along the west coast follow directions to 1211A1 Lynn Rd, Tofino BC V0R 2Z0

House of Rose Winery 

dog and owner sitting at House of Rose Winery in Kelowna



This wouldn’t be a proper BC tour guide without a winery! Situated in the beautiful region of Kelowna, the friendly staff of House of Rose invite you and your family (pets included) to stop in and enjoy everything the grounds have to offer. Every weekend this summer will feature the fantastic sounds of local musicians who will be sure to heighten the wine tasting experience tenfold.

For couples looking to extend their vacation, House of Rose offers an exclusive suite for rent on AirBnB! There is no hot tub but it is a great pet friendly accommodation! Please contact the hosts through AirBnB for more information and availability.

Find your way here by following directions to 2270 Garner Rd, Kelowna BC V1P 1E2

Pooch Pool School

This is a super fun one for both dog and human alike! If you live on the mainland in Vancouver, you can take a ferry ride to Nanaimo situated on Vancouver island and head over to the pooch pool school. A dock diving facility you can go to with your dog to either do some training, tire that half dog/half seal out, encourage and help your dog to love swimming! They even have the option to book a hydrotherapy session for your pup which helps with range of motion, arthritis relief, improving circulation, and mental stimulation. 

You have to call ahead to book your appointment of either 30 min, 60 min, or half-days. 

Call: 250-619-8241 or email for more information.

Salt Spring Island Hiking Trails

two dogs at salt spring island in Vancouver at sunset


Being dog-friendly in Vancouver is a must these days and yet many people with dogs in Vancouver hurry away on the weekends (or whenever they can) to this hidden oasis. Salt spring Island is host to some of the most beautiful forested trails in all of British Columbia. Many critics calling it a natural gem for the adventure lovers of the world.

Neighboring the Pacific ocean, swimming is a huge draw for many tourists and the island also harbors many lakes within the expanse of the trails. We can guarantee you'll fall in love with the serene beauty of the rainforest and sandstone shores.

The island is also home to a wide expanse of plant and animal life. Salt Spring Island is also credited for having some of the best ocean-side camping in all of the region. Now that's a pet getaway! 

While the island covers many acres of land follow these directions to find your new favorite spot on the west coast.

Victoria Carriage Tours 

Carriage tour rides in Victoria

If you have ever had dreams of becoming part of the royal family then this experience is a must for you! This truly royal ride lasts anywhere from 60-90 minutes and takes you through the historic neighborhoods and sights of Victoria, BC. Get a taste of the high life as you roll through the streets, the whole ride narrated by one of the many fantastic guides!

The best part is, your leashed pets are welcomed to attend as well! Which, in our opinion, makes this one of the coolest dog-friendly things to do that we can think of!

Follow directions to 600 Menzies St, Victoria BC V8V 2G2 to unlock your royal fantasies.

 Ancient Hills Estate Winery

A boutique winery cozied up in the north of Kelowna, BC specializing in small batches of wine (we love small batch!) on land that has been producing grapes for 60 years! 

They invite you to come and take a tour of their winery or enjoy a glass of wine on their patios with panoramic views of the valley. Being on this list means that of course, it is a dog friendly activity. Dogs are welcome to join you on leash while you sit and enjoy some European style wine. 

You can find them at 4918 Anderson Rd, Kelowna, BC, V1X 7V7 

If you are looking to explore Vancouver Island more, here are some of the best off-leash dog parks around: including Spanish Banks!

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