The Best Dog Friendly Beaches in Vancouver for Dog Swimming

8 Min Read
Jun 14, 2022

Is there anything better than taking your dog to the beach for a swim on a hot day? Vancouver is full of beautiful beaches, and many of them are dog friendly! If you're looking for a place to take your furry friend for a day of fun in the sun, check out one of these eight dog-friendly beaches in Vancouver.

Hey, if you and your furry pal are hungry after a day of beach fun, don't worry! Check out the "Best Dog-Friendly Patios to Visit in Vancouver" article later to find some pawsome places to eat that welcome your furry friend.

You can both enjoy the views and some tasty treats together!

1. Hadden Beach | Kitsilano

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Hadden Beach is one of the best dog beaches in Vancouver. With beautiful views of the mountains and ocean, it's a great spot to relax and play with your puppy.

This beach is spacious which makes it a wonderful place to socialize and let your dog run and play. There you can meet plenty of other dogs of all types and sizes and make new friends.

Also, it's the perfect place to introduce your pup to the beach. And if you're feeling extra playful, you can throw a ball in the water for your pup to fetch.

Swimming is a great way for dogs to exercise, and the beach is the perfect place to let them burn off some energy. Playing in the waves is also a fantastic way for dogs to stay cool in the summer heat. And of course, wet dogs are incredibly adorable! So if you're planning on taking your dog to the beach, don't forget to pack a towel. 

Also, there are lots of tree logs for sitting, washrooms, and parking available nearby. This Beach is a wonderful spot to visit any time of day, whether you're looking to play or just relax in the sun.

Location: Hadden Beach (1000 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9)

2. Spanish Banks Off Leash Dog Beach

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Looking for a fantastic place to go with your dog in Vancouver? Try out Spanish Banks Off-Leash Dog Beach!

With stunning views of the North Shore Mountains, sunsets, and the Vancouver skyline, it's the perfect spot to relax with your furry friend. There are plenty of benches and tables for everyone, plus the park is always clean and there is plenty of parking spots available.

Dog-friendly Spanish Banks area is divided into two distinct zones, each with its own atmosphere - sandy beach and grassy park. The large grassy area for more independent dogs to roll around and play ball with their owners, and the gravel path that leads to the beach for more sociable pups.

Since there is plenty of room, both independent dogs and sociable dogs will have a wonderful time! So next time you're looking for a fun activity for you and your pup, head on down to Spanish Banks Off-Leash Dog Beach.

Location: Spanish Banks Off-Leash Dog Beach (4767-, 4783 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1X8)

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3. John Hendry Park - Trout Lake | East Vancouver

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This beautiful park features a lovely lake with plenty of space for your pup to play. It offers a stunning view of mountains and plenty of greenery and trees throughout its pathways.

The Trout Lake park is huge - many people walk their dogs, bike, run or exercise. The park is well-kept and very clean, with washrooms available for public use. Lots of benches are located around the lake, making it the perfect spot for a picnic or a leisurely stroll. 

There's a separate off-leash dog beach area where your furry friend can enjoy a refreshing swim, fetch ball in the grass or just play with other dogs. In the summer months, the park is bustling with people and pups alike. It's the perfect place to socialize your dog and let them burn off some energy. There are also several water fountains located throughout the park, so be sure to bring a water bowl for your pup to stay hydrated.

There's also a separate parking lot and sitting zone for the dog-friendly area of the Trout Lake park to make all dog-owners welcome and comfortable. 

Whether you're looking for a place to take your dog for a walk or want to enjoy a day in the park, Trout Lake is the perfect spot for you and your furry friend.

Location: John Hendry Park (3300 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4M4)

4. Ambleside Beach | West Vancouver

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Dogs are welcome in Ambleside Park! There is a designated dog section along the east side of the park, where dogs can run and play off-leash. A unique experience for dogs and their owners, with plenty of grassy areas, trails, and beach access.

The Ambleside dog beach is a great place to let your furry friend cool off with a swim. And there's plenty of space for everyone to enjoy the beautiful views of Stanley Park and Lions Gate Bridge.

There is plenty of room for your puppy to romp, swim, and play. It's also a wonderful opportunity to meet other dogs and dog owners. The ideal location to tire out your pup before heading home. 

Location: Ambleside Beach (Argyle Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1A4)

5. Sunset Beach | West End

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Sunset Beach dog park is a great place to take your four-legged friend for a swim. The beach is located next to the Aquatic Center, in West End Vancouver. The off-leash dog beach is not very large, but there's enough of room for dogs to run and play, and the water is shallow enough for them to swim safely.

The Aqua Bus has a stop at Sunset Beach, so you can easily hop on and take a boat ride over with your dog. The bus is pet-friendly, so you don't have to worry about leaving your furry friend behind.

If you're looking for a beautiful spot to watch the sunset, Sunset Beach is the perfect place. The views are incredible, and you'll get to enjoy some quality time with your dog.

Location: Sunset Beach (1204 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC)

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6. Devonian Harbour Park | Stanley Park

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Is there a fantastic spot in Vancouver to walk your dog? Devonian Harbour Off-Leash Dog Park is the place to go! 

This lovely park is next to the entrance to Stanley Park, and features a partially fenced open grassy area as well as a small rocky beach. It's the perfect place to take your dog for a walk, let them play off-leash, or even go swimming! There's also plenty of green space for picnicking or relaxing. 

The Devonian Harbour Off-Leash Dog Park is a great spot for both you and your furry friend to enjoy.

Location: Devonian Harbour Park (1929 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2W9)

7. Buntzen Lake | Anmore

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Do you have a dog that loves to frolic and explore? Buntzen Lake is the best location for off-leash adventure and play!

Buntzen Lake is well-designed with fences separating the human swimming areas from the dog-friendly zone. The dog park area here is equipped with picnic tables and even has a puppy parking garage in the washroom block - so your pooch can remain secure while you do your business. 

In a dog-specific area, you can let your pet off the leash, and let them play, swim and socialize with other dogs. Last but not least, if you like, you may join your dog for a dip since Buntzen Lake is regarded as the finest lake to swim with your pooch. 

This is a fantastic location to take in the stunning lake and pathways, as well as plenty of area for your four-legged companion to run around.

Location: Buntzen Lake (Anmore)

8. McDonald Beach Park | Richmond

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McDonald Beach Park is one of the perfect spots to hang out with your furry friend. The off-leash dog park has a long stretch of sandy beach where your pooch may swim to their hearts' content. 

There's also plenty of space for playing fetch or frisbee; loads of excellent driftwood logs to sit on and enjoy the scenic views of the Fraser River, North Shore mountains, and boat traffic.

Small dogs and large dogs - all have a great time frolicking in the water and playing on the beach. The sand is very smooth, and the water, while murky, is pleasant for pups to swim in. If you wish to bring a picnic and spend the day at the McDonald beach, remember that you may have a fur companion or several try to join you since this is one of Vancouver's most popular dog-friendly beaches!

Location: McDonald Beach Park (3500 McDonald Rd, Richmond, BC V7B 1M4)

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