In British Columbia, the Pacific Ocean is met by bustling cities and towering forests. It's where mountains give way to picturesque valleys, and vibrant urban life is infused with the natural beauty that surrounds it. Whether you're paddling along the coast, strolling the streets of Victoria, or hiking the alpine trails, you and your pet are sure to enjoy your time together in British Columbia.
Best Time To Visit
Like most Canadian provinces, summer is British Columbia's peak season for tourism, when most attractions are open and the weather is at its warmest. While fall and spring are less popular, these are the best times for a pet friendly vacation. June and September are especially lovely and uncrowded, and hotel rates are at their lowest. Although winters in BC are much milder than those in the rest of Canada, frequent rain and fog can put a damper on visits to Vancouver, Victoria, and other coastal areas. Most winter visitors to the province head straight for Whistler, Golden, or other popular ski resorts.
Things Not To Miss
Get a day-pass and explore the beautiful city of Vancouver from the water on the Aquabus ferries. Sights along the route include Charleson Park, Stamp's Landing, and the 2010 Olympic Village, and pets ride free!
Whistler is a scenic 80-mile day trip from Vancouver, and you can experience plunging waterfalls, gorgeous hikes, lovely Alice Lake, and breathtaking Tantalus Lookout on the way.
Admire the spectacular architecture and profusion of flowers in downtown Victoria, then enjoy the paths at the Butchart Gardens with its stunning variety of plants and trees.
Take a drive on the Pacific Marine Circle Route and don't miss the dazzling falls at Sandcut Beach in Jordan River Regional Park.
Experience the Canadian Rockies at Yoho National Park, where the trails are pet friendly and highlights include Wapta Falls, Takakkaw Falls, and the turquoise-colored Emerald Lake.