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: