8 pup-friendly places to take your pooch in Vancouver

Jun 13 2019, 12:16 am

Our furry friends can’t always follow wherever we go — but it’s so much better when you can explore the city together. When it comes to chilling with your best canine pal, there’s more to see and do than Vancouver’s 37 off-leash dog parks (which we still wholeheartedly recommend, by the way).

Plenty of businesses and public spaces welcome four-legged Vancouverites. From chowing down on a local patio to crossing a 130-year-old suspension bridge, here are a handful of dog-friendly activities to put on your summer ‘bark’-et list.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park


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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a piece of history you and your dog can explore together. Doggies are welcome on-leash in the park, with the exception of Raptors Ridge and the gift shop. Built by Scottish engineer George Grant Mackay 130 years ago, the bridge is now the most popular visitor attraction in Vancouver. The park features other unique experiences, like Treetops Adventure, cliffside trails, and a special winter holiday event, Canyon Lights.

If you’re a hound for deals, stop by after 5 pm to take advantage of the 30% off twilight pricing. BC residents can get an annual pass and admission to Canyon Lights for the price of one day pass, too, so you and your pooch can explore the park all season long.

Where: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-985-7474

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Granville Island


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Walk the seawall and check out some street performers with your pup. Spoil them with a visit to Woofles and Meowz Pet Treatery for a protein-packed sardine and tuna bite. Inside the public market is a no-dog zone, but they’re welcome on-leash in the outdoor patio area. Just watch out for hungry seagulls if your dog has a prey drive or is a little too curious about other critters.

Where: Under the Granville Street bridge on the south side of False Creek
Phone: 604-666-6655

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Quarry Rock – Deep Cove


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The shade-covered hiking trail leading to Quarry Rock starts near Panorama Park in Deep Cove. Dogs can be off-leash all the way up to the top, which boasts views over the Cove and up Indian Arm. Puppers can run free (but under control) over cute wooden bridges and sniff trailside ferns to their heart’s content. The 1.5-hour hike is low-difficulty, and you can reward yourself with a trip to Honey’s at the bottom.

Where: Panorama Drive, Deep Cove (just past Panorama Park)

Mahony and Sons


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This cheerful Irish watering hole hangs out over False Creek, with a large, sunny, and dog-friendly patio. Catch waterfront views and mad rays this summer while you and your pup cool off with a refreshing drink. The pub is just a short distance from the off-leash area at Charleson Park and makes an easy stop-off during a seawall adventure walk.

Where: 601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
Phone: 604-876-0234

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Did you know that you can motor across False Creek with your floof by your side? Dogs are allowed to ride the Aquabus passenger ferry, which docks at eight different locations around False Creek, from Hornby Street to Olympic Village. The Aquabus runs daily from approximately 6:45 am to 10 pm. Depending on the length of your ride, fares range from $3 to $8 for one adult, one way.

Where: Docking stations around False Creek
Phone: 604-689-5858

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Red Truck Beer Company


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Test out your dog’s East Van chic on the patio of this local brewery, found in the heart of Vancouver’s industrial area. Red Truck prides themselves on being simple and delicious. On a sunny day, hang out with a cold brew and some classic diner food at the Vancouver Truck Stop.

Where: 295 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-682-4733

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Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden


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City Farmer runs the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden to encourage urban agriculture. Located just off the Arbutus Greenway at Maple Street, the garden is an example of what can grow in urban spaces, including a mulberry tree and a pollinator-friendly garden. Entry is free, and dogs are welcome to come in to enjoy the tranquility of the garden as long as they’re on-leash. Ask the staff for a branch of bay leaves off the tree before you go.

Where: 2150 Maple Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-736-2250

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Trout Lake Farmers Market


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The Trout Lake Farmers Market is an open-air market featuring over 60 vendors each week of the summer. Stroll through the market with your fuzzy friend (Saturdays 9 am to 2 pm), pick up some local produce and hand-crafted goods, or grab a snack from one of the food trucks or coffee vendors. The market takes place in the parking lot at the north end of the lake, right next to the off-leash beach area. After you stroll through, you may want to pick a grassy spot to lay down a blanket and soak up some sunshine by the lake.

Where: Lakewood Drive and East 13th Avenue
Phone: 604-879-3276

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