Want to go camping with your dog? Don’t know where to start? Here is some information.
The first step is to decide on the type of campground that best suits your dog. British Columbia is home to over 1,500 campgrounds that fall under four categories: Private Campgrounds and RV Parks, Provincial Parks, Recreation Sites (Forestry sites) and National Parks. Each Category has a variety of terrains and their own dog regulations.
Private Campgrounds and RV Parks
Most private sites welcome dogs, but the most common rules are that they be leashed and not left unattended. Some places may have dog designation areas. It is always a good idea to contact a private campgrounds or RV park and ask about the rules.
B.C.’s Provincial Parks
All of B.C.’s Provincial Park vehicle accessible campgrounds allow dogs. The rules are that dogs Must be leashed, the must remain within your campsite area and cannot be left unattended. The majority of sites also have the rule that dogs are not permitted in public areas such as; day-use areas, beaches or picnic areas, or public buildings including washrooms and shower buildings. That being said many parks do have special beaches for dogs and certain areas where pets are allowed. The following link provides a list of parks that have designated off-leash and beaches.
All recreation sites allow dogs. These area are less populated and are more remote. They are great for campers with dogs looking for a more wild settings and rustic amenities. The rules are generally that owner’s must keep their dogs quiet and under control at all time. Some sites may have individual rules regarding off and on leash areas, so it is always a good idea to call ahead.
43 of Canada’s National Parks are in B.C. and 14 of them host campgrounds. Dogs are welcome in national parks, but regulations require that dog must be kept on leash at all times including in the campground, at your campsite, at the beach and in the water.
What do you bring camping for your dog?
Following is a list of items that would be good to pack for your dog when going camping:
- Collar and/or Harness
- Leashes-multiple lengths
- LED light for collar
- Make sure your tags are attached to collar/harness
- Water/Food travel dishes
- Pet waste bags
- Copies of your pet’s current immunization records
- Life Jacket-if you are planning on water activities
- Pet bug spray and Flea and Tick solutions
- Pet first aid kit and any medications your dog is on
- Tie out or an item to securely tether your dog’s leash to
- Water resistant bed or blanket- it is also good to have a warm spare blanket for the dog depending on how cold it gets at night.
- Portable crate and/or exercise pen
- A couple of favorite toys or chew items
- If your dog is trained a backpack/side saddles/carries/day pack
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