Vancouver Goes to the Dogs: North America’s pet-friendly capital

Cute Vancouver Dogs

Just outside of downtown Vancouver, high-rises give way to the white sands of Hadden Park beach.  Brisk ocean water laps at the shoreline and leafy coves offer shade from the sun.  This postcard-perfect strand would make an ideal spot for a picnic or romantic stroll except for one little thing:  It’s gone to the dogs.

Hadden Park is one of nearly a dozen dog beaches in Vancouver, one of the most pet-friendly cities in North America.  While people are welcome, it’s the dogs that rule the sand and surf at Hadden.  Here’s a quick rundown of other dog-friendly parks and amenities for pet owners visiting the city:

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Vancouver Goes to the Dogs: North America’s pet-friendly capital

Best Dog Beach in Vancouver? You make the call!

Fighting for the Ball at Spanish Banks Dog Beach in Vancouver

Vancouver has some lucky dogs.  In what other city do canines have their own special beaches?  And not just any beaches – beautiful strips of sand, prize waterfront real estate right in the heart of the city.  White sand to dig in, clean water to swim in, big chunks of driftwood to gnaw on.  It’s doggie heaven.  In fact, sometimes I get a little jealous.

I’ve done a bit of homework, and – according to the Vancouver Park Board website – there are no fewer than seven designated dog beaches around Vancouver (not to mention all those secret spots for dog dipping).  Options range from the wilds of Spanish Banks, way outside the city, to prime downtown waterfront at Sunset Beach, in the shadow of the Burrard Street Bridge.

But I have to confess, I’m not a dog owner.  So I’m turning this one over to you:

What’s your mut’s favourite dog beach in Vancouver?  And what makes it so special?  Please share your knowledge by commenting below.

To make things easier, here’s a list of the seven official dog beaches that I found on the Park Board website, in alphabetical order:

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Best Dog Beach in Vancouver? You make the call!

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