Red Dog Blue Kat’s Top 5 Hikes with Your Dog
By Sarah Griffiths, DCH and Inna Shekhtman
May 17, 2018
It’s that time of year! Spring is here and soon it’ll be summer. We thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite B.C. spots to hike with your pooch.
Getting outside in the fresh air and enjoying some exercise goes hand in hand with a healthy diet (which we know includes feeding raw!). Both great food and regular exercise make your dog – and you - feel great!
Many of the Red Dog Blue Kat team love to take their dog out into nature. These are some of our favorite hikes in the Lower Mainland.
Buntzen Lake (Easy)
Just north of Anmore, BC, Buntzen Lake is a great place to spend a sunny day. If it’s hot, your dog can go for a swim and you can hike in the cover of the trees all the way around the lake if you choose, close to 10 kms.
There is a designated off-leash area for dogs as well as a leash-only trail that goes around the lake. Hours are 8am-8pm so there’s lots of time to enjoy. It gets SUPER busy on sunny weekends so it’s best to get there early in the morning for a parking spot during those times. It is a great local spot to get out near the water and cool off your dog. Check out their website: http://www.buntzenlake.ca
Mount Seymour – North Vancouver, BC (Intermediate)
If you’re up for a day hike, Mount Seymour is a great dog-friendly local mountain to check out. Plan to spend the day if you want to make it to the top. There are several trails but the main one is straight up. This trail can be fun all year round!
During the winter months, you will need special footwear eg. snowshoes or winter hikers to climb through the snow. It can be very cold, so you’ll need to dress in layers, bring lots of food & water and if it’s sunny, bring sunglasses. You’ll see fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and downtown Vancouver from several peaks and at the summit. Mount Seymour is one of the many things that makes Vancouver the best city in the world!
Check out this website to plan for a safe hike.
Aldergrove Regional Park – Aldergrove, BC (Easy)
This park is Dog-friendly with a large off-leash area and some great trails up to five kms. long. It also has a big open field which is reminiscent of the English countryside. A great spot to eat a picnic lunch and get some fresh air. For a map of the park, go here.
The Bayden Powel to Grouse Mountain – North Vancouver, BC (Intermediate)
Local, dog-friendly and a great day hike, this is 10 kms each way and takes around five hours to complete. This trail is mostly flat, but it has several trails that take you up Grouse mountain as well if you feel like a climb and some great views. This is a great one for really active dogs. They are sure to be tired after this one.
You can find a trail map here.
Joffre Lakes – Pemberton, BC (Intermediate)
This is an absolutely stunning hike! With three lakes to view along the way, it’s a beautiful spot and totally worth the drive. It is beautiful in winter or summer. Note that it’s quite busy during the summer months. Winter is much quieter and gives you a much different view of the landscape.
This is another awesome day hike so be sure to bring lots of food and water. Another reason that makes British Columbia the most beautiful place on earth!
Please click here to see the map.
You can find a full list of amazing hiking spots in BC right here!
Let’s Hear from You!
Have you been on any of these hikes? Do you take your dog out hiking with you? If you do, let us know your favorite hikes in the comments.
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