Dog’s are a mans best friend, and what’s better than going hiking with your best friend?
These little (or big) guys are always happy to keep going, will stay by your side, make sure they see you at all times, and probably enjoy the view as much as you.
A few rules when it comes to hiking with your pet: follow the leash guidelines, remember to pack poop bags, and don’t go chasing waterfalls (or wildlife).
We’ve compiled a list of the best dog-friendly hikes near Vancouver. Enjoy!
Best Dog-Friendly Hikes Near Vancouver
A casual hike, Admiralty Point is located in Belcarra Regional Park. Dogs are required to be on-leash.
It’s a five kilometre round trip that takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete. The view alone is worth this hike. It has incredible views of Deep Cove, Mount Seymour, and Burnaby Mountain across the waterways connecting Burrard Inlet with Indian Arm.
Cypress Falls Park
Located in West Vancouver, Cypress Falls is a relaxed 3 kilometres with an added bonus of being off-leash friendly.
Wander through the rainforest in complete tranquility. About 45 minutes of strolling through the forest takes you to the rushing Cypress Falls. This park holds some of the biggest trees on the North Shore, some being over 300 years old.
Located in Chilliwack, Elk Mountain is perfect for those hikers and their dogs looking to get a challenge. It’s a 7 kilometre hike that’s off-leash friendly, with an elevated climb.
Make your way through temperate rainforest, spot some wildflowers, and enjoy spectacular viewpoints of Cultus Lake and the surrounding areas.
A mini version of the Grouse Grind (but not as steep), the Abby Grind is a 4 kilometre round-trip and takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete. The trail ends with an incredible view of Abbotsford.
It’s also part of the way that goes up to Taggart Peak, otherwise known as the Glen Ryder Trail.
While the trail is dog-friendly, make sure to be careful because the trail is narrow and steep in some areas.
Located in North Vancouver, Lynn Loop this trail is like walking through a fairytale. Think suspension bridges, lush greenery, pools of vibrant emerald water, and more.
It’s a 5 kilometre trail that’s off-leash friendly. However, Lynn Valley Park is on leash.
A dog-friendly hikes list wouldn’t be complete without Dog Mountain.
Located in North Vancouver, Dog Mountain is five kilometres long, with minimal elevation. However, what it lacks in elevation it makes up for with its challenging route. It’s filled with some roots and rocks, and can sometimes be slippery.
With all that in mind, the view is completely worth it. It’s a panoramic view of Vancouver, with the Strait of Georgia, Stanley Park, Mount Baker, and the Lower Mainland all within eyeshot.
Looking for more hikes to enjoy in British Columbia? Check out this amazing Metro Vancouver hike that involves a beautiful kayak ride! Also, check out these lovely hikes that include serene swimming spots!