Travelling with Pets in Whistler

For lists of pet-friendly hotels, dog-friendly hiking trails, dog-friendly businesses, pet stores, and more, check out our Local's Guide to Pet-Friendly Whistler

Pet-Friendly Whistler

More info on pets in Whistler from Tourism Whistler (

More than 10,000 people live in Whistler and lots of residents have dogs. As a result, Whistler offers excellent pet-friendly places including miles of trails, dog beaches and parks, pet-friendly hotels and condos and services including boarding, grooming, in-hotel pet sitting and dog walking.


Travelling with Pets in Whistler

Before You Arrive

  • When bringing pets into the country, all dogs and cats are legally required to have current rabies vaccinations and papers. If your dog or cat is less than three months old you do not need a certificate of rabies vaccination, however, the animals must be in good health when they arrive. Dogs can enter Canada without quarantine from any country.
  • Please ensure your pet is wearing a valid license for your home community
  • Ensure your pet has adequate identification (e.g. microchip, collar with correct phone number) in case they become lost
  • Visitors travelling with a service dog must register them in BC to enjoy access under the Guide and Service Dog Act.

When in Whistler

  • Dogs must be on-leash at all times within Whistler, except in designated off-leash areas
  • Please pick up after your dog; the Whistler Municipality provides compostable dog waste bags along the Valley Trail and in designated areas.
  • Dogs are not allowed on many of Whistler’s signature hiking trails, including Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, Rainbow alpine trails, Skywalk Trail and in Provincial Parks.
  • Do not leave your animal unattended in a parked car in warm weather – animals can overheat quickly, even with windows down for air circulation – see Whistler's Animal Regulations.
  • Never let your dog or cat out at night; there are predators that are well adapted to Whistler's environment that will think of your pet as food.
  • Whistler receives a lot of snow in winter – small dogs may have difficulty getting around in unplowed areas or require a coat to stay warm.
  • Dogs are not allowed to be tethered and left unattended anywhere in Whistler, this includes outside shops and restaurants. They are also not permitted to sit with you inside a restaurant or outside on the patio due to health code regulations.
  • Although many hotels welcome dogs, owners are not permitted to leave them unattended in rooms.

Check out the Dog Pocket to make hiking and biking with dogs around Whistler a breeze. Keep your hands free on the trails and let your dog help pack it out. Designed to discreetly carry bagged dog waste until you reach a bin.



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