Summertime in Vancouver is often marked by busy families planning long awaiting trips and vacations, but what about the family pet?

Vancouver is notoriously pet friendly; however, even in a city that loves dogs, there are some places they just can’t come. But that doesn’t mean your beloved furry friend needs to spend the summer keeping a watch out at home; there’s no shortage of fun activities for everyone to explore.

Here is a list of seven activities you and your pet can enjoy this summer!

  1. Hit up a dog beach

Who doesn’t want to laze around on a sandy beach or play in the water on a hot day? Within 30 minutes of Vancouver, you have several options of swimmable beaches that are dog friendly. Buntzen Lake in Amore is a favourite for both people and pets, with a dedicated dog beach and planet of trails to explore.

Just remember that dogs don’t sweat the way people do; to avoid a visit to your pet care centre, make sure you pack a doggy water bowl and take plenty of breaks in the shade.

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  1. Pick up a watersport

If your dog is a water enthusiast, this summer might be the perfect time to pick up a watersport you can do together. Whether you’ve been dying to try paddle boarding, kayaking, or even a lazy float in an inflatable, make it a double date and bring your pup along for the ride.

If this is your pet’s first time out on the water, it may take a little getting used to. And if you’re worried about their swim skills, make sure to pick up a pup life jacket before you go.

  1. Visit a dog-friendly cream shop

There is nothing like a cold treat on a hot day, and your dog will most certainly agree. Plan a fun afternoon outing with a nice long walk and a stop at one of Vancouver’s many pet-friendly ice cream parlours.

However, while these specialty ice creams are crafted specifically for our furry friends, if your pet is known to have a sensitive stomach or food allergies, you may want to check in with your pet care centre before indulging. Better safe than sorry!

  1. Have a pup play date

Everyone likes a good summer get-together, pets included. Not only is socializing with other dogs extremely important, but it’s also a great way to stay active and meet new friends. Vancouver and its surrounding areas are full of natural trails and off-leash dog parks to explore. If your pet is particularly anxious around other dogs, start small. Try visiting the dog park during off-peak hours or arrange visits with one or two known dogs.

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  1. Spend a night camping

Nothing rejuvenates that soul like a night sleeping under the stars, and the best way to enjoy camping is with your best (furry) friend. Most campgrounds around Vancouver are pet-friendly, and many with water access also have dedicated dog beaches. So, make a weekend of it, and don’t forget to bring dog treats to enjoy around the campfire.

But before you head out into the wilderness, make sure your dog has had some sort of flea and tick treatment. There are many options to choose from, and your pet care centre can help you pick the best one for your animal.

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  1. Visit a dog-friendly hotel

Is sleeping outdoors not your idea of a vacation? How about a hotel staycation instead? Many of Vancouver’s best hotels offer pet-friendly accommodations! Take a leisurely walk along the sea wall and stop at one of Vancouver’s well-known pet-friendly restaurants or cafes.