Here are some of the best dog friendly hikes on the North Shore!
Mystery Lake – 1.25 hours, Easy, 3km, season: July-October
Whyte Lake – 2 hours, Easy, 5km, season: year-round
Lynn Loop – 1.5 hours, Easy, 5.1km, season: year-round
Cypress falls – 1.5 hours, Easy, 3km, season: year-round
Dog Mountain – 2 hours, Easy, 5km, season: June-October
Capilano Canyon – 1 hour, Easy, 2.6km, season: year-round
Twin Falls – 1 hour, Easy, 1.5km, season: year-round
Goldie Lake – 2 hours, Easy, 3km, season: June-October
Capilano Pacific Trail – 4 hours, Easy, 15km, season: year-round
Lighthouse Park – 2 hours, Easy, up to 6km, season: year-round
Quarry Rock – 1.5 hours, Easy, 3.8km, season: year-round
Brothers Creek Loop – 4 hours, Intermediate, 7km, season: April-November
Norvan Falls – 5 hours, Intermediate, 14km, season: year-round
Lynn Peak – 4 hours, Intermediate, 9km, season: June-October
Lower Hollyburn – 4.5 hours, Intermediate, 10km, season: June-November
Mount Seymour – 5 hours, Intermediate, 9km, season: July-October
Skyline Trail – 3 hours, Intermediate, 5km, season: April-November
BCMC trail – 1.5 hours, Difficult, 3km, season: June-September
Tips for dog friendly hiking-
– Make sure your dog is in good physical shape.
– Check the dog regulations in the area you’ll be hiking.
– Prepare your dog for the weather and terrain.
– Carry plenty of water for your dog.
– Leaves of three, let it be. Take a moment to be sure you can identify toxic plants in the area you will be hiking.
– Carry a small first aid kit.
– Your dog should have proper identification.
– Be aware of wildlife, if your dog starts barking he may be warning you of an animal. It may be a good idea to consider bear bells and carrying bear spray.
– Your dog can share the load. Acclimate your dog to carry a pack by starting with short walks, make sure not to overload. Only put light durable things in your dogs pack.
– Someone should know you and your dog went for a hike!
– When you get home check for ticks. Talk to your vet about appropriate tick prevention, and be sure to examine yourself and your dog after hiking in wooded areas.