14 of the best dog beaches around Vancouver perfect for sunny days
Including some lesser-known off-leash spots your pup will love!
Things are hotting up this week in Vancouver, and if you want to get out and enjoy the sunshine with your pup, what better place to visit than the beach?
There are a number of great dog-friendly beaches in and around Vancouver that are perfect for a long day in the sun, or a beautiful sunset on a warm evening.
Here are 14 of our favourite local dog beaches that your pup will love, especially as they all have off-leash areas. So, as long as they are well behaved, they can explore to their heart's content, while you can make a start on that summer tan!
1. Spanish Banks, Vancouver
Spanish Banks off-leash dog park really is a winner with pups and their humans as it's the best of both worlds. There's a sprawling sandy beach where you can relax while your pup burns off some energy splashing in the ocean, or if your dog prefers, they can run up and down the long expanses of grass while you take in the stunning mountain and city views.
It's also connected to some beautiful trails in Pacific Spirit Park if you want some exercise before heading home.
Address: 4767-4783 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC
2. Hadden Park, Vancouver
Right in the centre of Kitsilano, this is one of the most well-known and popular dog parks in the city, and for good reason.
Beautiful views of the North Shore mountains, lots of space, and a chilled out atmosphere make this beach a perfect place to relax with your pup on a sunny day, watch them frolic in the sea, or take a sandy sunset stroll in the evening.
Address: 1905 Ogden Ave, Vancouver, BC
3. Sunset Beach, Vancouver
A smaller beach in the Downtown West End, the name says it all. There are amazing sunset views in the evening, and you can enjoy watching the boats drifting in and out of False Creek. A sunny day usually means brighter and warmer evenings, so it's the perfect time to go for a sunset stroll with your pup.
Despite its handy central location, even on sunny days it doesn't get as busy as many other Vancouver beaches, so is a great choice if you and your dog like to relax.
Address: 1204 Beach Avenue (@ Bute Street), Vancouver, BC
4. Devonian Harbour Park, Coal Harbour
Another great choice for Downtown dog parents, this park is located north of Denman and West Georgia and the vast lawns at this park make it a favourite amongst many Vancouver pups.
On a sunny afternoon this is an ideal spot to grab a blanket, relax and enjoy the views of Coal Harbour, and the grassy areas lead to a little rocky beach that’s perfect for your pooch to take a refreshing dip after all those long games of fetch.
Address: 1929 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
5. New Brighton Park (Hastings-Sunrise)
If you're looking for a smaller, quieter beach to relax in the sun while your pup enjoys a paddle, then this one is for you. Located in the Hasting-Sunrise area, on the west-side of the Second Narrows Bridge, this park offers a large fenced-in expanse of grass that active dogs will love, and stunning views that their owners will love just as much - all with the bonus of beach access to the Burrard Inlet.
Address: 3201 New Brighton Rd, Vancouver, BC
6. Fraser River Park
This park is an absolute dog haven, complete with an off-leash area, beach, water, and more, so it's a great choice on a sunny day.
If your pup loves to swim, they'll love this small beach where they can splash freely, and you can set up camp at one of several park benches and watch all the fun in the sunshine.
Bring a picnic and you can make a full day out of it, ending with a relaxing boardwalk stroll.
Address: 8705 Angus Drive, Vancouver, BC
7. John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park, East Vancouver
This spacious park is a very popular spot for local dog owners so can get a little busy during summer months, but don't let that put you off as there is plenty of green space for even large dogs to enjoy, and they will love the doggy beach! The north end of the lake is reserved for our four-legged friends, and the fresh water beach is the perfect place for dogs to cool off during sunny days, or refresh after tiring themselves out exploring.
Address: 3300 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC
8. Ambleside Park, West Vancouver
With over 8.5 acres of grassy lawns, beach access and trails, your dog will adore all the space in this lesser-known Vancouver park.
There's a great area for our four-legged friends to stretch their legs off-leash at the East end of the park, and the amazing views of the Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park make a stunning backdrop while you relax by the beach.
Address: 1500 Argyle Avenue West Vancouver, BC
9. King Mill’s Dog Park, North Vancouver
Another lesser-known, and very spacious, park perfect for a sunny day to avoid the crowds is King Mill's Dog Park in North Van.
As one of the few places in the City that offers water access, views across Burrard Inlet, and an off leash area and with picnic tables and sitting benches, it's ideal for a sunny afternoon out with your pup.
10. Crab Park/Portside Park, Gastown
This is definitely more of a hidden gem, and is located just outside of Gastown. There is a large grassy area if your pup needs to get some running out of their system before hitting the off-leash beach across the seawall. This park also has some great views of the downtown skyline and the Coast Mountains, and gives a different view of the city than you're used to getting from the other beaches.
Address: 101 E Waterfront Rd, Vancouver, BC
11. McDonald Beach Park, Richmond
On the banks of the Fraser River, this scenic stretch of dog-friendly beach runs for several kilometres and expands at low tide, meaning there's lots of space for you and your pup to enjoy.
The cool water is perfect for your four-legged friend to take a refreshing dip on a hot day, and there's also a network of wooded trails to explore if you're dog isn't tired out from playing fetch at the large dog-friendly field here.
Another bonus - there's plenty of parking spots!
Address: 3500 McDonald Rd, Richmond
12. Iona Beach Regional Park, Richmond
Another lesser-known beach on our list is this unique spot in Richmond that your pups, and you, with love. Iona Beach Regional Park has a beautiful jetty that stretches 4 kilometers into the ocean, and although dogs are allowed off-leash on the lower roadway of the Iona Jetty, they must be on-leash on the trail so keep an eye out for signs. This is also a great spot to watch the sunset on a warm evening with your pup by your side.
Address: 900 Ferguson Rd, Richmond
13. Barnet Marine Park, Burnaby
If you prefer to stay away from the crowds on sunny days, and want to escape the city, this secluded beach at Barnet Marine Park is the perfect choice.
This park also offers wonderful views of the Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains, as well as a large grassy off-leash area running along the waterfront. Look out for signs for the off-leash areas, but once your pup gets to the beach they can run free and splash until their heart's content.
Address: 8181 Barnet Rd, Burnaby,
14. Buntzen Lake, Anmore
If you're lucky enough to live close by this beautiful spot right now, your sunny day plans are sorted!
The separate dog beach and fenced off dog swimming area is always a winner with pups, and is a great relief for dog owners who can relax and know their furry friends are safe, and won't bother (or be bothered) by anyone in the water.
Address: 5000 Sunnyside Road, Anmore