Pet-Friendly Resorts in British Columbia

by Jane Ellis

With its beautiful scenic beaches, rugged mountains and cities -- such as cosmopolitan Vancouver -- British Columbia has a lot to offer both owners and their pets. Luckily for visitors traveling to British Columbia with their furry friends, this Canadian province has a number of resorts that accepts pets as their guests.

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Coastal Resorts

Many visitors travel to British Columbia to enjoy its more than 16,780 miles of beautiful coastline and approximately 6,000 islands. For those who bring their furry friends, this province offers a number of pet-friendly accommodations that are near or on the oceanfront. For instance, the Long Beach Lodge Resort, which is on a beach near the village of Tofino, offers pet-friendly rooms for $50 Canadian per visit as of 2010, but the request for pet accommodations must be made at the time you book reservations. Other amenities at the Long Beach Lodge Resort include a complimentary breakfast, exercise room and an on-site restaurant. This hotel has been named as one of Canada's top five hotels/resorts by "Conde Nast Traveler."

Mountain Resorts

British Columbia is home to many popular ski resorts. The Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains area, for instance, has world-class slopes and more than 8,100 acres of terrain for skiing and snowboarding. In summer, hikers, bikers and tourists take on the mountains without the snow. Pets are welcome in many mountain resorts, including the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa. This hotel allows pets under 75 lbs. for a $25 Canadian, non-refundable fee as 2010. The Hilton Whistler Resort is centrally located near Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains' chairlifts and features an exercise room and spa.

Vancouver

Vancouver is home to more than 500,000 residents and is one of British Columbia's largest cities. In 2010, it was the host city for the Winter Olympic Games. This city has a number of pet-friendly accommodations, including the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. This 19-floor hotel allows pets and charges a non-refundable $30 Canadian sanitation fee per visit. The Renaissance has a bistro and a fitness center on site. The hotel is close to the Vancouver Convention Center and Coal Harbour.

Lake Resorts

Countless lakes -- from large to tiny ones found on tiny islands -- dot the British Columbian landscape. To help visitors enjoy these beautiful bodies of water, a number of accommodations have sprung up on the shores of the larger lakes. The Elysia Resort on Qusenel Lake, which is the deepest fjord on Earth, consists of a main lodge and cabins. Pets are allowed in its rustic cabins. The cost, as of 2010, is $5 Canadian a day, with a limit of one pet per cabin. A restaurant, tackle shop and marina can be found on the grounds of this rustic resort.

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