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So you want a weekend away, but you don’t want to leave Fido at home? If you’re looking for a getaway in British Columbia, there are tons of available places that are fun for both pets and owners.

However, while these locations are dog-friendly, be sure to follow the common rules of etiquette while you are there. Keep your dog leashed unless you are in a specific leash-free area, and be sure to bring plenty of baggies with you. Following those two simple rules makes for a perfectly harmonious trip with your furry little friend!

High End Dog, Victoria

If you are in the Victoria area, give your dog a treat by stopping in at the High End Dog Bakery. This shop can be a little hard to find, as it nestles in Chinatown’s Dragon Alley, but your four-legged friend is sure to love the treats, so it’s well worth the trip.

Rainbow Park, Whistler

There are a lot of dog-friendly parks in Whistler, but Rainbow Park goes that extra mile. There are numerous off-leash areas, as well as the scenic Barking Bay beach area, so your pup can enjoy the water during the warmer months. There are even gated areas in case your dog likes to wander.

Capital Iron, Victoria

If you like to go shopping but you’re pretty sick of just going to pet stores, then Capital Iron is the place for you.  The store offers a variety of fabrics, furniture and antiques, and the staff are very pet-friendly, offering a water bowl and dog treats on the second floor. It is a great place to browse without leaving your dog cooped up in a hotel room or car.

AquaBus Ferries, Vancouver

It can be hard to find scheduled sightseeing tours in Vancouver that allow dogs onboard, but AquaBus is different. Dogs are welcome on board, but they have to remain on a leash. Fido will love the fresh air as he cruises past kayakers and fishermen.

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