Stroll Wickaninnish Beach with your dog on a leash

What better way to enjoy the great outdoors than with Fido beside you on one of the West Coast’s spectacular beaches? While dogs are not allowed in the Broken Group Islands and West Coast Trail, the sandy beaches and boardwalks in the Long Beach Unit are perfect for our beloved canine friends.

Did you know? Pacific Rim is one of the few protected areas in Canada that still allows beach access for dogs. Pacific Rim accommodates up to 70,000 dog visits per year. We are counting on dog owners like you to take a few key steps to ensure this fun opportunity to share a beach with your dog continues.

Dogs Off Leash at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve


The relationship between dogs and humans dates back centuries. First domesticated for the purposes of work, dogs have since become beloved companions and vital members of our families.

And while it is true that dogs may indeed be human’s best friend, a dog off leash on any of Parks Canada’s beaches is a shorebird’s...WORST ENEMY.

Okay, that might be a bit over-dramatic. The fact is, is that Parks Canada’s beautiful beaches represent a vitally important feeding, and resting habitat for long-travelling migratory shorebirds.

And our canine friends – though well-intentioned and having fun - can do a lot, off-leash to prevent these birds from feeding.

Think of it from the bird’s perspective: For them, it is like every single day, you wake up and run a marathon Once you’ve finished, you’re tired and hungry, settling in to eat, in order to give you the necessary fuel for the next day’s journey. But just then, someone comes in and starts BARKING IN YOUR FACE, chasing you away from your peaceful, well-deserved meal.

This continues, and eventually, you give up, you don’t eat, you don’t rest. And the next day’s marathon still looms. But now, exhausted, and starving you might not have the energy to complete your journey.

So. Please. Next time you’re on one of Parks Canada’s beaches, think of the shorebirds - the hungry, little marathoners of the Pacific Northwest and...leash up your dog.

When walking your dog on Long Beach, follow these simple rules:

  • Keep your dog on leash at all times. A $58 fine will apply if you fail to comply.
  • Pick up after your dog and dispose of their waste in garbage bins.
  • Give wildlife lots of space.
  • Stay 25 metres (5 car lengths) away from shorebirds foraging or resting on the beach.
  • Be mindful that other visitors may be afraid of dogs. Do not let your dog approach other people without an invitation.