Have you Met Doug? – Exploring Vancouver’s Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Photo: R. Weiss

Photo: R. Weiss

Doug. Pseudotsuga menziesii. The Douglas Fir. My favourite tree.

My love affair with Doug began in the 1980’s while hiking the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island. I was in awe of the spectacular old growth forest and the majestic giant trees that towered over me. Sitka Spruce, Western Red Cedars and Douglas Fir captured my imagination and stirred my soul. Fortunately, you don’t need to travel all the way to the West Coast Trail to experience a Coastal Rain Forest. In fact, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, a lush urban forest, is right outside our back door. Close and convenient, this regional park features 763 hectares of forest and foreshore and is one of my favourite places to visit Doug.

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Have you Met Doug? – Exploring Vancouver’s Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Five Fun Vancouver Off-leash Zones

Fraser View Park || Photo Credit: Flickr/Ruth Hartnup

Fraser View Park || Photo Credit: Flickr/Ruth Hartnup

We all know that Vancouver has some stunning parks – 220 city green spaces, gardens and parks to be exact.

Visiting these parks with your pooch is generally an on-leash affair, but for those wanting to let their hairy best friends run free, 36 off-leash areas exist across the city. To optimize your off-leash explorations, Vancouver Parks Board  has conveniently mapped out all of the parks, including off-leash areas here.

There is one dog for every six Vancouverites, so doggy/owner etiquette is paramount when hanging out dog off-leash parks. Common sense and Vancouver Park Board guidelines remind dog owners to: license your dog, clean up, keep him/her in control and stay in the designated off-leash areas.

Below you’ll find a little anthology of some of my favourite dog off-leash zones. I would love to hear about yours – where do you take your canine best friend for an off-leash frolic? Continue reading:
Five Fun Vancouver Off-leash Zones

Explore North Shore parks with new App

View from Cates Park/Whey-Ah-Wichen Photo credit: Flickr/ bill@ontheroadin

View from Cates Park/Whey-Ah-Wichen Photo credit: Flickr/ bill@ontheroadin

If our beaches are the crown jewels of  Vancouver’s beauty then our North Shore parks are the tiara. Our constant accolades awarded by the likes of Outside Magazine (Best Weekend Escape 2012) and Travel + Leisure Magazine (Top 10 Canadian City to visit 2013) can definitely be attributed to our evergreen-fringed North Shore parks.

Whether you like a lazy picnic at Panorama Park in Deep Cove or a half day hike at Lynn Canyon Park, there’s a huge variety of recreational destinations just across the Burrard Inlet.

The District of North Vancouver manages over 100 parks and facilities including 140 kilometers of trails, 39 Baseball Diamonds, 43 Tennis Courts, five Sport Courts, three Skate Parks and 53 playgrounds. To help visitors navigate this plethora of parks, the District of North Vancouver launched a DNV Parks App in September. Continue reading:
Explore North Shore parks with new App

The Top 4 Places to Take Your Dog in Vancouver

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I can’t even begin to explain how much I’ve come to appreciate Vancouver since becoming a dog owner four years ago. Not only does it get me out of my house at least three times more than my pre-dog days, but it’s also helped me discover new scenic spots around town and make a ton of new buddies. Now that it’s spring, there are few reasons why you shouldn’t be out there enjoying the outdoors with your pup as much as possible. Here are some of my favourite spots where you can find me and my dog, Dutchie.

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The Top 4 Places to Take Your Dog in Vancouver

A Tale of Two Dogs


As dog owners have been happily noting in recent years, more and more hotels are becoming “pet friendly”. In fact, more than just tolerate our furry friends, many hotels have recognized that these are important members of our family, and have begun treating them as such.

One hotel chain which has been leading the pack for a long time now is Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Not only do they welcome your dog, they even have their own canine ambassadors for those that love dogs but aren’t traveling with their own.

Meet Mavis and Beau. Mavis is the canine ambassador for the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, and Beau does the same for the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. These two have welcomed and enjoyed the head-scratches of thousands of guests over the years, and now they need your help.
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A Tale of Two Dogs

Dog-friendly Vancouver


The following article was contributed by freelancer Pamela King.

If all dogs go to heaven, then all dogs just might be coming to Vancouver. Previously rated the #1 dog-friendly city in North America by Dog-Friendly.com, Vancouver makes a great choice for dog guardians travelling with their canine companions. From the West End to the East Side, dog parks and beaches abound. And the best part? Many are close to (or sites of) food, shopping and special events.

For visitors and locals alike, here are five picks for a fantastic summer day with friends and family – Fido included.
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Dog-friendly Vancouver

Top 5: Top 5 Reasons to Love Trout Lake

A boy and his dogs, Trout Lake, Vancouver

A boy and his dogs, Trout Lake, Vancouver

It may not have the grandeur—or the fame—of Vancouver’s two world-class parks, Stanley Park and Queen Elizabeth Park, but John Hendry Park, home of the serene and lovely Trout Lake, is definitely as beloved by locals, especially those with little kids and dogs.

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Top 5: Top 5 Reasons to Love Trout Lake