I moved back to Victoria in April of last year after a brief eight month stay in a frigid western Canadian city that shall remain nameless. Ok … just a hint, the name begins with the letters c-a-l and ends with the letters g-a- r- y. Brrrr!! I’m glad to be back enjoying British Columbia’s wonderful dog friendly beaches.
This summer was specTACULAR here in Victoria. And nearly every day Sweety (my 14 ½ year old Border Collie) and I would head down to Dallas Road, which runs along Victoria’s most popular year round off-leash dog park. The park runs from Clover Point to downtown Victoria, flanked by the Strait of Georgia and the Olympic Mountains to the south and Beacon Hill Park to the north.
It’s truly a magical place, bustling with all kinds of activity. There are joggers, kite surfers, sun worshipers, boaters, cruise ships, people picnicking on their lunch breaks, sightseeing tourists and, of course, lots of dogs!
Dallas Road is Sweety’s favorite place in the whole world and one of British Columbia’s best dog friendly beaches. She starts getting excited as soon as she smells the salt water. Sometimes we head down to the beach and other times we just stick to the path. Sweety’s probably met 1,500 dogs over the summer months; no joke – that’s how popular this off-leash park is!
Dog or not, if you’re planning a trip to Victoria, a visit to Dallas Road is a must! Just be prepared – you might want to move here!
Author bio: Jim McBean loves dogs and the outdoors. He and his pup, Sweety live in Victoria, British Columbia.
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