You spend most of your life dreaming of getting your own dog.
So when you do, it goes without saying that you want to make the most of life with your most loyal pal. You want to teach your puppy new tricks and cuddle with them on the couch while watching your favourite rom-coms.
But more than anything, you want to get outside.
It’s tough to find an off-leash park in Vancouver, and that’s exactly what you’re looking for when the warm weather hits. Because if there’s one thing you can’t change in your dog, it’s their love for running wild.
To celebrate that fact, we’ve compiled a list of the top five dog-friendly parks in the city.
If you live or work downtown, Coopers Park could be your best option for a doggy day out. Centrally located on Marinaside Crescent, the park offers some grassy space for your furry friend to roam around off their leash. You can even go on a stroll around the Seawall when you’re done just make sure Toby is on his leash for that saunter.
Queen Elizabeth Park
It’s the highest point in Vancouver and you can enjoy epic views of the city from this beautiful park. Then there’s plush floral gardens, a water feature, and vast grassy lands, so naturally your dog would like this place. Oh, and the fact that there’s a large area where they can dance off-leash. If you enter the park at East 37th Avenue and Columbia Street you’ll be right at this area.
Trout Lake Park
This Victoria Drive park covers 27 hectares which includes a large off-leash area. It’s the perfect place to visit in the evening as your dog will have a blast running freely and even dipping into the lake on occasion. Whatever you do, remember to bring a frisbee with you and play fetch for the sheer joy it will bring your doggy.
Hit this local park on Malkin Avenue where your dog can roam freely in the off-leash area. There are plenty of things that you can do too, like testing out your adventure skills on the climbing wall or in the skate park.
Spanish Banks Park
Okay, so this isn’t your average dog park. It’s a park meets beach and that means your puppy can zoom around on the sand and then go in for a swim if they want to. You’ll get to soak up the sunshine on the beach at the same time so it’s a win-win situation when you think about it.