Pet-Friendly Whistler

Nearly 10,000 people live in Whistler and a large number of residents have pets such as dogs. As a result, Whistler offers excellent pet-friendly resources including miles of trails, dog beaches and parks, pet-friendly hotels and condos and services including boarding, grooming and walking.

Pet-Friendly Accommodation in Whistler

Not all rooms in each property can accommodate pets. Please confirm whether or not this option is available at time of booking. Speak to our local travel agents to help find the best option for you and your pet. Call 1.800.WHISTLER (1.800.944.7853) or request a pet friendly quote.

Luxury 4.5 out of 5 peak rating - 5 out of 5 peak rating

In or near Whistler Village, these fine properties welcome pets while they pamper people. These hotels offer posh accommodation for humans and a warm place to curl up for your best friends.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Four Seasons Resort Whistler
Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa
Nita Lake lodge
Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre
Westin Resort and Spa

Deluxe4 out of 5 peak rating

These properties will provide creature comforts for humans and animals alike, located in and around the Village for convenience.

Aava Hotel
Adara Hotel
Coast Blackcomb Suites
Crystal Lodge
Delta Whistler Village Suites
Summit Lodge & Spa

Moderate 3 out of 4 peak rating - 3.5 out of 4 peak rating

For cozy creature comforts these properties are an excellent choice for you and your pet. Some are located within a tennis ball throw to the lifts, while others are spread around the outskirts of the village and closer to some of the resident trails.

Listel Hotel Whistler
Pinnacle Hotel
Tantalus Lodge

Whistler Pet Accommodation Tips:

  • Most properties charge extra cleaning fees for pets which vary in cost. Check the property specific info for these charges or ask your Travel Consultant.
  • Properties ask that you do not leave your pets inside the rooms unattended. It can create problems with housekeeping and some dogs will bark. Please check with individual properties for details as some will allow you to kennel your pets while out of the room. In room sitting services are also available in the resort.
  • For a list of prices and availability for these fine Whistler hotels, please contact us directly by telephone at 1.800.WHISTLER.

Whistler Off Leash Areas, Trails, Beaches and Parks

Please enjoy these parks with your dog, but remember to respect the posted off-leash times and always pick-up after your pet. Whistler is a leash law community which means generally on-leash for parks and trails. Dogs are welcome in the village, but leashes are required.

Hiking with Your Dog

There are a number of trails around Whistler that you can enjoy with your canine friend. Note that dogs are not allowed on some trails - please respect these areas and obey signs at trail heads. Suggested hikes include:

View a map of Whistler Hiking Trail Heads or general information on hiking around Whistler. For more information about dog friendly hikes and maps of the area, contact the Whistler Visitor Centre.

Parks and Beaches

Rainbow Park

Rainbow ParkRainbow Park is located on the west side of Whistler Valley just off Alta Lake Road.

Off-leash times:

  • Before 10 AM and after 8 PM in main park
  • All day in Barking Bay, the designated dog area

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Lost Lake Park

Lost Lake dog beach Lost Lake Park can be found just off Lost Lake Road .

Off-leash times:

  • Canine Cove is a sandy beach spot available all day and night for pooches

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Alpha Lake Park

Alpha LakeAlpha Lake Park is at the southern end of the valley in the Creekside.

Off-leash times:

  • Before 10 AM and after 8 PM in main park
  • All day in Arfa Park, a designated dog area

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Meadow Park

Meadow ParkMeadow Park is located north of the Village near Nicklaus North Golf Course and adjacent to the Meadow Park Sports Centre.

Off-leash times:

  • Before 10 AM and after 8 PM in main park

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Winter Activities for Dogs

Dogs love to play in the snow as much as humans do. Bring your friend along and explore the snow covered mountains together. Here are a couple of suggestions for winter specific activities for dogs and their owners:

  • Dogs, cross country skiers, hikers and snowshoers are welcome on the groomed section of Valley Trail from Meadow Park to Rainbow Park
  • Dogs are welcome on the multi-use trail at Green Lake.
  • Sections of the trails at Whistler Olympic Park are open to dogs, skiers and snowshoers.

Whistler Pet Services

Don't let your pet be left out of all that Whistler has to offer. They, too, can go on adventure hikes and enjoy spa days.

Dog Sitting, Walkers and Trainers

Alpine Dogs K9 Adventure offers full and half day adventure hikes, private dog walking, and in room pet sitting. All services are available 7 days a week from early morning through until late evening.

Canine Energy offers training and other services.

Trail Dogs is a dog walking service with pick-up and drop-off service. 604.905.9273

Whistler Dog Sitting provides services including in room sitting and adventure walks with pick up available from your hotel.

Dog Grooming

WAG (Whistler Animals Galore) is the local animal shelter. For a small fee, they offer tubs for public use.

Bubbles Dog Spa is located in Function Junction and offers all the dog grooming necessities.

Veterinary Clinics

The Animal Health Clinic of Whistler is located at 7-1100 Millar Creek Road in Function Junction. 604-905-5088

Coast Mountain Veterinary Services is located at 203-2011 Innsbruck Drive in Whistler's Creekside. 604-932-5391

Whistler Pet Friendly Events

As if you neened more proof that Whistler is dog crazy! Whistler has special events for canines and their companions all year long — some even sell-out! Visit the Whistler Events page to search for events during your stay.


Every year since 1997, Whistlerites and visitors attending the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival in late April have been treated to a fun and exciting day of canine-related events and activities. Since 1998, canines of all stripes have been invited to lead their owners, in finest frockery, in the 200 strong Dog Parade. Exhibitions, demos, and competitions organized by Canine Energy, guarantee some quality master-canine bonding. All proceeds go directly to the WAG Animal Shelter.

K9 Wine & Dine

WAG hosts this annual, black tie fundraiser with a dinner for canines and their escorts. It is a fun-filled evening that includes a fabulous dinner for dogs and owners, wonderful BC wine, and a charity auction. Reserve tickets well in advance as this event sells out every year.

Other Events

WAG hosts other activities throughout the year, such as Mother's Day Brunch, Father's Day Brunch, dog washes, Halloween parties, bake sales, and photos with Santa during the holiday season.

Travel Tips for Pets in Whistler

  • Please ensure your pet is wearing a valid license for your home community
  • Ensure your pet has adequate identification (eg microchip, collar with correct phone number) in case they become lost
  • Please pick up after your dog; the Whistler Municipality provides plastic bags along the Valley Trail and in designated areas
  • Do not leave your animal unattended in a parked car in warm weather - animals can quickly overheat, even with windows down for air circulation
  • Never let your dog or cat out at night; there are predators that are well adapted to Whistler's environment that will think of your pet as food
  • Bringing pets into the country: all dogs and cats are legally required to have current rabies vaccinations and papers. If your dog or cat is less than three months old you do not need a certificate of rabies vaccination. However, the animals must be in good health when they arrive. Dogs can enter Canada without quarantine from any country

Call 1.800.WHISTLER (944.7853) to speak with a local travel consultant