Whether you like it not, Summer is officially over, leaving us all with shorter days, cooler evenings, and an overabundance of PSLs.
But even if you’re more of a spring and summer kind of human, one thing you have to admit: Vancouver is dang pretty in the fall. The crunchy leaves, the crisp, fall air, and the beautiful array of reds, yellows, and orange that make the perfect backdrop for the 1,000 photos you’re going to take of your pup this season.
Take a peek at the best ball spots for you and your dog to hit up in Vancouver.
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We hate to belly flop right into the obvious, but who can deny the obvious beauty of Stanley Park — those trees, those hills, and all the trails just begging for a romp and a wrestle. There are tons to explore in this urban forest. Plus, tons of water if you need a break from the breathtaking foliage (if that’s a thing).
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You don’t need an address for Google Maps — just pick a random street address in Kits and start exploring. Every street in Leafy Kitsilano is lined with trees that make for the most picturesque canopy. Plus, we guarantee you there will be plenty of piles of leaves at the curb just begging for you to toss a ball for Fido into.
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Address: 6804 SW Marine Drive
This activity is a two for one! You and your pup can taste the many samples of BC’s favourite fruit (a dog-friendly snack), AND you can stroll through the UBC campus to catch the changing foliage. UBC is also backed by Pacific Spirit National Park, which is a beautiful forest with well-marked trails. Perfect if you and your bestie are in the mood for long walks through crunchy leaves!
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Address: 4600 Cambie St
It’s the highest point in Metro-Vancouver, which means you’ll get stunning, sweeping views of the city in the midst of the fall foliage change. Plus — there are 130 acres of park for you and your pupper to play in. So, bring a hot apple cider, pack a frisbee, and bring your walking shoes.
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Address: 41905 Yale Rd W
A 12-acre corn maze for you and your pupper to explore sounds like the best way to spend a crisp, Sunday afternoon. The original Chilliwack corn maze has been operating since 1999 and every year has a new design. This year, they’re celebrating the Canuck’s 50th anniversary and will be raising awareness for the Canuck Place Children’s Hospital — all proceeds to the maze are going to the hospital this year. So not only will you and pup have fun, you’ll be having fun while also giving back!
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Address: 6767 Balaclava Street (at W 51st Ave)
Visiting a pumpkin patch is a no-brainer, but some people get put off by the drive. A lot of farms make it worth your while with extra activities, like hay bale mazes, tractor rides, and petting zoos. Plus, how can you resist the adorableness of your pup with a backdrop of hundreds of pumpkins? Keep in mind that not all pumpkin patches are dog-friendly, or, if they’re like Southland Farms, require your dog to be well-behaved and on a leash at all times. Make sure you double-check before you go!