Dogs in Whistler
Animal Control Bylaw
Whistler's Animal Control Bylaw can be viewed here.
Off-leash parks and beaches
There are many off leash areas where you can recreate with your dog:
- Arfa Park, found at the East side of Alpha Lake Park.
- Barking Bay, found at the south end of Rainbow Park. Keep your dog leashed as you travel through the park to Barking Bay.
- Canine Cove, found to the right of the public beach at Lost Lake, a five-minute walk along Lost Lake Loop trail. Please keep your dog leashed on the trails leading to the cove.
- Rainbow Park, Meadow Park and Alpha Lake Park before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
- On the baseball diamond outfields at Meadow Park and Spruce Grove when not in use.
Off leash, your dog must be in your control at all times and remain in the off leash area. You must also have a leash visible. Dogs must be leashed when exiting the off leash area.
Your pet is welcome at most other places in Whistler, except in playgrounds, on public (human) sandy beaches, on tennis courts and in the Children's Water Park at Meadow Park.
Dog waste bags are provided in major parks and at trail junctions, as are bear-proof garbage bins. Please be a responsible dog owner and pick up after your pet, then dispose of the bags in the appropriate containers. Failure to pick up after your pet could result in a $100 fine.
All dogs that live in Whistler must possess and wear a valid dog licence. Licence fees are collected annually. Licences are available for sale at Municipal Hall and at the Whistler Animal Shelter – Whistler Animals Galore (WAG). If the licence is purchased at WAG, then WAG receives 50 per cent of the fee.
Visitors to Whistler should ensure that their dog is wearing a valid licence from the community in which they permanently reside.
Dog licences can also be renewed online via the Resort Municipality of Whistler's (RMOW) Online Dog Licence Renewal Service. This secure website allows you to renew your Whistler Dog Licence Online by credit card. All amounts displayed are in Canadian dollars.
Before proceeding online, users will need their account number and access code, which are listed on the renewal notice. If you cannot find your account number or require assistance, please contact Financial Services at 604-935-8130. Municipal Hall business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
To update any information for your dog(s), please email email@example.com.
Click here for more information on dog licence fees.
Whistler also has a leash law. This is both for the dog's protection, and to protect wildlife, other people and other pets. A dog off leash may result in a fine, except in an off-leash park.
Having your pet on a leash protects it, other pets, and people from injury, and limits your pet's exposure to accidents and disease. A leashed pet cannot wander off, dart in front of a moving vehicle, chase your neighbour's cat or jump on a child, nor can it eat something that will make it sick. For your peace of mind, and the protection of your beloved pet, respect the leash law in Whistler.
Any dog roaming at large in the municipality is liable to seizure and impoundment. A roaming dog could also result in fines such as $50 for "Animal at large" or $100 for "Permit any animal to defecate upon any highway or public place".
Click here for more information on dog impound fees.
Pick up after your dog
The RMOW asks all residents and visitors to be responsible dog owners and leash, licence and pick up after their dog. By being a responsible dog owner, and using bags to dispose of waste, you are helping to keep the community clean and will avoid a fine of $100. The RMOW recommends having at least a couple of bags every time you leave the house with your dog. Bags are also available at any of the parks and throughout the Village.
Dogs in hot cars
Dogs should never be left in your vehicle during warm weather. Even if it’s a cloudy and cool day, it can quickly become hot and sunny. Vehicles can quickly get dangerously hot, even when parked in the shade with the windows partially open. A vehicle parked in the shade can also end up in direct sunlight as the sun moves across the sky. An animal left in a hot vehicle who is showing signs of heat distress will be removed from the vehicle at the owner's expense.
See the Whistler Animal Shelter’s website for information on pet-friendly accommodation.
Contact Bylaw Services at 604-935-8280 or the RCMP at 604-932-3044 if you witness a dog left in a hot car.
See the BCSPCA’s website for detailed information about dogs in hot cars.
Note: A dog that is unattended and tied up outside a vehicle is considered to be at large and may be impounded. This is a public safety hazard and also puts your dog at risk.