Dogs enrich our lives beyond measure; they are faithful friends and playful companions that bring joy and laughter to everyday life. With over 35% of Canadian households owning a dog, it’s no wonder that more and more people are seeking dog-friendly locations to adventure, dine, and shop with their furry family members for company. BC Route 7 is your ultimate highway for dog-friendly outings. From accommodations, shops, and restaurants to sprawling parkland and endless trails, you’ll have no shortage of spaces and places that will warmly welcome you and your furry sidekick!
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From leisurely strolls in municipal parks to heart-pumping hikes in steep forested terrain, Coquitlam boasts over 120 km of hiking trails and multiple off-leash parks; so much room to roam!
This gorgeous Provincial Park is located only minutes from city centre. The Woodland Walk Trail will lead you to stunning Sawblade Falls or take on a bit more of a challenge and hike to the Coquitlam Lake viewpoint.
Korna is dedicated to providing natural, innovative pet food to keep your pup adventure ready. They also carry everything you need for your next excursion, from dog life jackets to portable water bowls and pet first aid kits.
Get more ideas at Coquitlam’s Visitor Centre, located at 1116 Brunette Avenue or online here.
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With their established Dog Friendly Program and partnership with the PawSwap app, you’ll find dozens of dog-friendly services and businesses that are excited to welcome you and your pup. Combine this with a variety of outdoor activities and six off-leash parks, and you’ll never run out of things to do.
You’ll enjoy the amazing scenery as you stroll along the dyke trails which lead to this off-leash dog park. With water access for swimming and lots of tall grass to bound through, this is a great area to let your dog burn off excess energy.
Situated in the scenic Fraser River Heritage Park, Blackberry Kitchen is the perfect spot for a delicious meal on the patio. Or get take-out and snack with your pup at one of the many picnic benches or the covered gazebo.
Make sure you’re prepped for the next adventure with the best apparel (printed right in store!) and unique local goods. Pressland General will have something unique while keeping your outdoors aesthetic. Don’t forget to bring your pup to be featured on their “Dogs of Pressland” Instagram stories!
You’ll come for the light and airy dog-friendly patio but stay for the mouth-watering, fire-grilled fare. From their famous slow roasted pork ribs to fire grilled marinated chicken, you’ll have to keep your eyes on your plate as your pup won’t be able to resist!
Get more ideas at Mission’s Visitor Centre, located at 34033 Lougheed Highway or online here.
HARRISON HOT SPRINGS
With everything from comfortable pet-friendly accommodations to restaurants and endless hiking trails, Harrison Hot Springs is sure to become a favourite destination for your pet-friendly vacation or day trip!
Leash up and head out on this leisurely walk with panoramic views of the beautiful surrounding mountains and village! The wheelchair and stroller-friendly gravel path leads you around the lagoon and alongside Harrison Lake, past shops and restaurants, and out to the hot springs source.
With locations in both Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs, Blue Dandelion is the perfect place to stop in and browse their vast selection, including items for your pup like dog leashes, collars, and toys.
So much fun is to be had here (for you and pup): interact with farm animals, visit the museum, and enjoy lunch in the beautiful rose garden. Then, burn off some calories with a walk along the waterfront dyke, a swim in the river, and you can stay the night at the campground too!
Get more ideas at Agassiz’s Visitor Centre, located at 7011 Pioneer Ave, or online, here.
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Surrounded by spectacular mountains and an amazing network of forested trails, Hope is a great place to get in touch with nature with your pup by your side.
With walking trails that weave through everything from alpine meadows to rocky mountaintops, there’s no shortage of things to do and magnificent sights to see, year-round at Manning Park Resort. The perfect mix of cozy accommodations and outdoor adventures!
After a day of exploring Hope’s amazing trails, kick back and enjoy an ice-cold craft beer and fresh eats on the patio; your dog will love their specially made dog treats!
Get more ideas at Hope’s Visitor Centre, located at 919 Water Avenue or online, here.
Now, leash up and head out with your pup to explore the vibrant cities and rugged terrain along the BC Route 7. We love to see where your adventures take you, please tag your photos with #BCRoute7 to share them with us. For more information on these or other fun activities along BC Route 7, visit us here.