Pet-Friendly Travel Tips for Parksville Qualicum Beach

What fun is a family vacation or weekend getaway without your furry companion? Leave some paw prints in the sand with this dog-friendly travel guide.

a golden retriever on a heavily wooded trail in Parksville Qualicum Beach

With endless opportunities for outdoor adventure and tons of dog-friendly spaces, Parksville Qualicum Beach is ideal for travelling with your canine friends. Plan your visit with this dog-friendly guide to beaches, hikes, and lodging.

Walk Dog-Friendly Beaches

a couple walks their dog on the beach in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Grab a leash and spend the day on our white sandy beaches. Your dog will love taking long walks along the coast and dipping their paws in the ocean. Leashed pets are welcome on Parksville Beach and Qualicum Beach. Pets are not permitted in the day-use area at Rathtrevor Beach, but leashed dogs are welcome on the beach near the campgrounds. During the Black Brant geese migration period in spring, dogs are not permitted on beaches in the Parksville and Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area. Every beach is different, so it is important to check individual beach policies and signage. For more information, please stop by a Visitor Centre.

Hike with Your Pup

dogs meet and sniff each other on a trail in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Spend some quality time with your pup while getting your heart rate up and taking in our incredible scenery. Bring your dog along to explore the many trails and parks in Parksville Qualicum Beach. Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park has an easy 3.2 km trail with beautiful views of waterfalls and nature that your leashed pup is welcome to walk. Top Bridge Regional Trail is another popular hike just a short drive from town. The 5-km trail offers a few gentle, tree-lined climbs and a memorable view of the Englishman River from the suspension bridge. On warmer days, cool off after your hike with a dip in one of the park’s swimming holes. View even more hiking options here.

Play In Our Dog Parks

Parksville Qualicum Beach offers dog parks where you can take your furry companions for an afternoon of exercise. Qualicum Beach Offleash Dog Park is a popular spot where local and visiting pups like to play and run free. This park is located on the west side of Qualicum Beach, past Jones Street, at the end of Fern Road W. There is a second off-leash park adjacent to Springwood Park in Parksville at 735 Despard Avenue. You can relax on the shaded benches and picnic tables, while your dog plays and makes new friends.

“ Parksville Qualicum Beach offers dog parks where you can take your furry companions for an afternoon of exercise. ”

Find Dog-Friendly Lodging

One of the most important things to look for when visiting Parksville Qualicum Beach with your dog is pet-friendly lodging. Many campgrounds and RV resorts are pet-friendly and some vacation rentals will also allow dogs. Plenty of our hotels, motels, inns, and resorts welcome travellers with pets too. Below are a few options for your stay but be sure to check when making your reservation:

  • Arbutus Grove Motel
  • Bayside Oceanfront Resort
  • Beach Acres Resort
  • Casa Grande Inn
  • Crown Mansion Boutique Hotel
  • Oceanside Village Resort
  • Pacific Shores Resort
  • Paradise Acres Ranch
  • Qualicum Bay Resort
  • Riverbend Resort
  • Riverside Resort & Campground
  • Sand Pebbles Inn
  • Sea Flame Resort
  • Seaview Beach Resort
  • Skylite Motel
  • Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre
  • Travelodge Parksville
  • The Tide's Inn

Next time you and your dog visit Parksville Qualicum Beach, be sure to bring a leash, water bowl, and your pup’s favourite treats to make the most out of all the exciting dog-friendly adventures this region has to offer. Start planning your visit today with our free Discovery Guide.

Safety First


No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, be prepared. Follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.

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