Exploring the BC Coast with Dogs

If you are considering a summer trip with your dog, I would highly recommend Victoria, the Sunshine Coast and the Islands north of Vancouver.  This past week I have been on a last minute visit, catching up with family and friends and exploring. We have been on planes, roads and ferries. I could not take Kilo the Pug, but I have been pleasantly surprised just how many people were travelling with dogs.

Ceaser  tongue out tuesday in BC

We flew to Victoria (approximately 5 hours) and spent 2 days there. The weather was spectacular so we were able to walk on beaches with dogs like Caesar and Badu, kayak with seals and my husband went fishing and caught a salmon for dinner.

American bulldog Buster standing in water

American bulldog Buster on beach looking out to sea

The water was a bit cold for me but this 11-year-old American Bulldog Buster didn’t seem to mind at all.

Cute dog Victoria

deer mum and kids

Oh Dear – Lunching with locals was quite a treat.

 cocker spaniel with tongue out

cocker spaniel dog looking away

We then drove to Comox, caught a ferry to Powell River, drove to a little town on the water called Lund and caught a water taxi to Savary Island.

Golden water taxi

We met dogs all along the way including this gorgeous golden waiting for the water taxi. He couldn’t wait to get on board.

Me kayaking

Beach on hike

The beautiful weather continued except for a quick spot of much-needed rain.  We biked, hiked, swam, kayaked and explored on Savary and neighbouring islands with friends including a few seals, dolphins, orcas and a bald eagle. Check out these Barkers:

Seals in the sun

Spotted this majestic eagle watching us:

Bald Eagle

So many great activities for dogs and humans to keep fit. Every second person we met had brought their dog or dogs including this adorable puppy.

Golden puppy

Next door on one side we had two adorable dogs – Westie –  Thomas (15) and Scottie –  Bea (18 months).

black and white westies Bea and Tomas

White westie dog standing

black westie with tongue out and sandy face

black westie side profile

We had a great time playing tug with their “silly bums” toy and fetch on the beach.

black westie dog playing with silly bum toy

 black westie dog playing with bee toy

black westie running on beach

On the other side, we had this athletic and lovable Border Collie mix also enjoying the freedom on the beach.

Border Collie next door

On the way back down to Vancouver we drove and took 2 ferries. We met the cutest Border Collie St Bernard mix Puppy.

BC St Bernard mix puppy

Dogs were out having a quick walk before the ferry as they have to stay in the car for the 50-minute ride.

Dogs waiting for ferry

2 pods of Southern Resident Orcas, dolphins, seals and jumping fish were all out and about too.

Orcas off ferry



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  • What a fun place for humans and canines alike!

  • Awesome trip! I’ll have to put it on our list of places to visit. When we go on vacation without Mr. N (which is seldom), I always miss him more when I see all the dogs.

  • Looks like such fun! Yay for exploring new places!

  • how nice it would be to be able to travel with your pets

  • Aw I have always wanted to go to B.C! it’s just sooooooo beautiful!

  • Victoria looks like such a beautiful place! Canada is very lucky to have so much untouched land. I hope that this was as fun as it seems like it was! 🙂

  • What a wonderful trip for you and your dogs!
    Thanks for sharing with us each week on Twitter – your tweets always catch my eye!
    Have a fabulous weekend and come join us for Friendship Friday as well! 🙂

  • What a great trip! So many beautiful dogs for you to get your Puppy Fix. I know you must have been missing Kilo a lot, it’s such a shame he couldn’t join you on this trip! I love seeing so many dog friendly places!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  • That looks like an amazing trip! And I’m a little jealous of the rain. We really need that here!

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

  • Mom has been there and says it is beautiful. They have tracking tests in Manitoba we may take one day.

  • That looks like a great place to travel. LOL on the dog swimming in the cold water. Dogs never seem to care.

  • We were able to spend a day in Victoria, B.C. on our Alaskan cruise. It is gorgeous! I wish that we’d spent more time there and seen some of these cute pups!

    • Profile photo of Talent Hounds

      You probably went by Savary Island too as the cruise ships used to pass near until very recently. Just so beautiful with mountains, forest, orcas, seals and even grizzly bears (our friend saw 2 adolescents playing on the beach a few hours north by boat- rather relieved they were not close)

  • What a great place for a doggie vacay! I’d like to go there sometime!

  • Oh, what a wonderful time for you and dog. I have not been to B. C., but I would love to visit it one day.

  • What a gorgeous place! I used to have 4 dogs that I traveled all over with this makes me miss those days!

  • Wow – dats so close to where I live, so yup, gonna give it a whirl! Thanks for your pawesome write up – it’s got me all excited to visit dat area again!

  • Getting to enjoy the great outdoors with that many awesome doggies around to meet? Sounds like my sort of Paradise 🙂

  • I would love to visit Canada at some point! Beautiful! And that BC mix puppy is beyond adorable 🙂

  • Maureen 2 years ago

    Victoria is a beautiful place to visit. A good friend of mine grew up there. It’s magical!

  • Re spaniel posted above wewring harness, is he missing? If so, we have found him. Contact CAWES at cawes.bowen@gmail.com. Thx. Iris Carr, for CAWES

    • Profile photo of Talent Hounds

      Thanks so much- I only met the owner very briefly. We were all at either Saltery Bay or Langdale waiting for ferries. I was driving to Vancouver. I can not remember if they boarded the same ferries, but I think so. I believe it was a Dad and young daughter walking with the dog. I took the photo as I have a friend who loves spaniels. If you put a photo on our Facebook page I can share. Helping Homeless Pets also shares lost pets. They seemed pretty devoted so I’m sure they will be looking for him if it is the same family. I think he was a senior dog.

  • Kiara McLennon 2 years ago


  • Kiara McLennon 2 years ago

    The spaniel in this article has been found on Bowen Island. No owners have been located. Hoping you might remember where you saw him and anything about his owners. Please emsil.

  • Kiara McLennon 2 years ago

    The black and white spaniel in this article has been found with no owners 9 days ago on bowen island. Hoping you might remember thus dog or his ownrrs. Please email