December 14, 2021

Your Guide to the Ultimate Dog-friendly Vacation in Richmond, BC

Explore like a local with your four-legged BFF in tow

At Versante Hotel, all members of the family are welcome. As a pet-friendly hotel in Richmond, BC, we’ll provide all of the comforts of home (plus a few surprising extras) to make your furry friends feel like VIP guests. Planning on bringing your pup along on your next getaway to Richmond, BC? Here’s a list of our favourite dog-friendly attractions and off-leash parks to explore during your stay.

Aberdeen Neighbourhood Park, photo courtesy of City of Richmond BC

Walk This Way

Time to stretch your legs after a long car (or plane) ride? Add these neighbourhood dog parks in Richmond, BC to your itinerary.

A focal point of the emerging Capstan Village area in Richmond’s City Centre, Aberdeen Neighbourhood Park is an urban oasis bordered by many trees, shrubs, and flowers. A 12-minute walk from the hotel, Aberdeen Neighbourhood Park is also an active and vibrant urban square and gathering space for public gatherings, community events and arts & cultural activities. Park features include a large urban plaza, water features, a pedestrian boardwalk over a rain garden, a fenced off-leash dog park, seating, picnic tables and pathways throughout the park. Find the park on Google Maps here.

For adventures without limits, visit South Dyke Doggie Park, a 6.81 acre off-leash waterfront park located on the South Arm area of the Fraser River. This scenic pathway is a 15-minute drive from the hotel, offering an open gravel trail, whimsical public art installations and plenty of park benches to take a break and admire the surroundings. Find the trail here on Google Maps. 

An 8-minute walk from Versante Hotel is Ketcheson Park, a 1.6 acre urban park with landscape features reflecting the natural landscape of Richmond. Family-friendly features include tranquil reflecting pools and meandering streams, adult exercise equipment, a children’s playground, a blueberry picking section, and an off-leash dog area. Find Ketcheson Park here on Google Maps.

Garden City Community Park is a 23.76 acre park boasting numerous walking trails, scenic vantage points, picnicking areas, an arboretum, bike terrain park, children’s play areas, and an off-leash dog area. The dedicated off-leash dog area is a fenced-in area off of Granville Avenue offering both wide open, active spaces, and smaller spaces that are defined by berms and planting. The off-leash area includes a variety of trees, benches, and logs. Garden City Community park is a 10-minute drive from Versante Hotel. Find it here on Google Maps.

In the mood to hit the beach? Visit McDonald Beach Park, is a 26.1 acre park located at the north end of Sea Island along the North Arm of the Fraser River. A 5-minute drive from Versante Hotel, McDonald Beach Park boasts an off-leash dog park, views along the Fraser River, long stretches of beach and plenty of areas to enjoy a picnic. Find it here on Google Maps.

Shop Local

Need to stock up on pet accessories during your travels? Browse a selection of toys, treats, gourmet foods, supplements, pet shampoo, and more at Pet Food ‘N More, located in Garden City 10-minutes from Versante Hotel. Delivery and curbside pick-up available. 

Stay a While

After exploring the local sights, settle in for the night in your luxury guest room or suite, featuring dog dishes, gourmet treats, toys, and a plush dog bed to help your pup unwind. Allow as much or as little natural light in as you desire with View Smart custom window tinting in every room. Note: Versante Hotel charges a $25 pet fee at check in. 

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