Where to Bring Your Dog in Campbell River
Campbell River is an active town on the edge of the wilderness, where friendly laidback locals and visitors enjoy the close proximity of hiking trails and oceanfront walking paths. People travelling with dogs can find plenty of beautiful locations to stretch their legs and enjoy the fresh air with their animal companion in tow.
From beaches to dog parks to hiking trails, Campbell River has options for every dog and their human!
Trail etiquette and wilderness safety: please pick up after your dog and keep your dog under control around other dogs and humans. This helps everyone respect the environment and share the trails. Leashes are necessary to protect your dog from bears or cougars as well as to avoid trail erosion. When in doubt, stay on a leash!
Beaver Lodge Forest Lands
Leash required? Yes, this is a multi-use trail network
Address: South Dogwood Street
Drive 10 minutes from downtown Campbell River to take your dog on a forested walk, run, or bike ride in Beaver Lodge Forest Lands.
Elk Falls Provincial Park
Leash required? Yes. Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times and are not allowed on the beaches.
Address: Elk Falls Suspension Bridge, Millennium Trail, Campbell River, BC
Spectacular Elk Falls is a must-see for visitors to Campbell River regardless of the season. Drive 10 minutes east of town to get immersed in the vibrant forests that the Pacific Northwest is known for. The moderate 6.4 km (4 miles) Millenium Trail loop is suitable for most abilities and popular with families. Enjoy the falls from afar or get up close on the platform or suspension bridge. Please be advised that some dogs get frightened on the platforms and bridge, so their owners sometimes choose to carry their dogs or pause.
Leash required? Yes
Address: Campbell River Shoreline
Local tip: Check out Foggdukkers Coffee to get your caffeine fix pre- or post-walk.
The Rotary Seawalk is a popular 5.5 kilometer (3.4 miles) paved walkway that follows the Campbell River City shoreline. It is accessible for wheelchair users, easy on your dog’s feet, and gives lots of opportunity for a quick detour down to the ocean. Stop by the Simms Creek Pump Station to let your dog have a drink of freshwater at the dog-friendly fountain. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for birds, marine wildlife, and the driftwood sculptures along the way.
Strathcona Provincial Park
Leash required? Yes. Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times and in all seasons. They are not allowed on the beaches. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs due to potential encounters with wildlife.
Address: Strathcona Provincial Park has two main access points. Take Highway 28 West to access the Buttle Lake area or take Hwy 19 South to Mt.Washington to access Paradise Meadows.
For the more adventurous, Strathcona Provincial Park offers a vast network of hiking trails and is just a one-hour drive outside of Campbell River. One could live in Campbell River for a lifetime and still have more to explore, but here are a few favourite spots of note:
Leash required? No, leashes are optional. But please keep your dog close to respect other beach users.
Address: Seaman Road
Saratoga Beach is a dog’s paradise with lots of soft sand to dig in and roll on. Also, enjoy shallow or deeper waters to play fetch with your favourite ball together. There are complimentary doggie bags and garbage cans off of the Seaman Road entrance to help keep the beach clean.
Leash required? Nope!
Address: 2090 College Drive
Let your pooch roam free at this off-leash dog park after a long day of travelling. Watch them play and socialize with the neighbourhood pups. There is no shortage of grass to roll on, as well as benches, dog water fountains, and doggie bags.
Dog Agility Course at Willow Point Park
Leash required? No
Address: 1800 South Alder Street
Challenge your dog with weave poles, jump bars, a tunnel and a ramp at the local dog agility course in Campbell River.
After a long day with your adventure buddy, you’ll want to find a comfortable, dog-friendly place to stay the night. The following locations are just some of the accommodations in Campbell River that welcome dogs: