Summer is all about adventure and exploration, and who better to explore the province with than your most loyal companion—your dog! You don't just want to take your furry best friend on trails where they're "allowed," you want to take them to BC dog-friendly trails where they can be free to be their silly selves in our great wilderness without getting side-eye from other hikers. From beaches and lakes to forests and waterfalls, the hikes on this list are going to be so much fun to check out with your pup!

Don't have a dog of your own? The trails on this list are perfect for dog-lovers, too and if you ask nicely to pet one or two I'm sure the owners won't mind! Here are four dog-friendly trails in BC that your dog would love to check out this summer:

Cable Bay Trail

Address: 2645, 2705 Nicola Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9X 1N4

Why you need to go: This off-leash dog park is a breezy, oceanside 2 KM hike for you and your pup on Vancouver Island.


Paul's Tomb

Address: Knox Mountain Park, Kelowna, BC V1V 1N2

Why you need to go: This 4.8 KM trail in Kelowna offers wonderful views and you can treat your dog to a lake swim! Don't forget towels.


Crystal Falls

Address: 3240 Karley Crescent, Coquitlam, BC V3E 3E9

Why you need to go: This 6 KM hike will bring you to waterfalls in the forest near Vancouver and it's really popular with dogs and their owners.


Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Address: 5495 Chancellor Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1E4

Why you need to go: This is the ultimate dog-friendly trail with over 360,000 dogs visiting each year! Take your dog on an odyssey through this incredible park with beaches, bogs, cliffs and plenty of forest.