With so many beautiful spring hikes in BC to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down your top choices. Luckily, there are plenty near Vancouver that offer unparalleled views, for both you and your dog to enjoy! So with that in mind, here are 8 beautiful dog-friendly hikes to check out in & around Vancouver this spring.
Note that Park Canada advises hikers to stay on marked trails and abide by closure signs. You can prepare yourself and your dog for your hike using info via Vancouver Trails, North Shore Rescue and Adventure Smart.
As well, hikers should check to see whether or not the following parks require dogs to be leashed.
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
We’ll start with one of the most popular trails located right here in Vancouver. Pacific Spirit Regional Park boasts more than 750 hectares of forest, with many of them allowing dogs. Be sure to check for designated signs as well as “Canine Code of Conduct” signage, and enjoy the wide, mostly-flat trek!
Just north of Port Moody is this amazing 8 km trail, which loops around Buntzen Lake. One of the most popular dog-walk areas in the region, you really can’t go wrong here. Plus, there are plenty of clear signs indicating which areas are on-leash versus off – which includes a dog-friendly beach area.
Abby Grind (Glen Ryder Trail)
The lesser-known alternative to the Grouse Grind is Abbotsford’s dog-friendly, 4 km “Abby Grind,” AKA, Glen Ryder Trail The popular spot is the perfect place to get your steps in for the afternoon along with your pup, and there are plenty of scenic viewpoints to add onto your journey.
Another classic North Shore option, Capilano Canyon offers hikers (human and canine) the chance to immerse themselves in the rainforest, treking around the pipe bridge. There are also plenty of shorter hikes that can be taken within this trail that are perfect for small or older dogs!
And now, for the one of the most popular dog-friendly hikes on the list by far. The Lynn Valley Loop (1.5 hours) offers hikers an easy, on-leash stroll through lush rainforest, whereas the more challenging Lynn Peak is suited for avid climbers and their canine companions.
Note that no dogs are allowed around Rice Lake or the trails directly leading up to it.
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Tunnel Bluffs is a scenic hike near Lions Bay along the Sea to Sky Highway, though it’s definitely on the more challenging side. Take in the beauty of Howe Sound and prepare to keep your pup controlled at all times.
Elk Mountain strikes the perfect balance between working up a sweat and rewarding yourself with spectacular views. The 8 km roundtrip trail will take you around alpine meadows, lush forest, and a picturesque view of the Fraser Valley.
Minnekhada Regional Park
Situated in northeast Coquitlam, Minnekhada Regional Park is the ideal day hike for you and your pop. There are various trails to choose from, but the most popular one takes you in a loop around the main marsh and through protected marshland. As such, you’ll want to keep your dog leashed at all times for this hike, and ensure they don’t run out into the marsh water.
And that’s a wrap on some dog-friendly hikes to check out near Vancouver. Stay safe & enjoy the season!
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