Whistler is a pet-friendly community and asks dog owners to follow rules for responsible pet ownership. Did you know that by licensing your dog you assist us in making decisions on where dog parks are most needed?
Whistler’s Animal Control Bylaw sets out the rules for responsible pet ownership:
- Leash your dog – Dogs must be leashed, except when in an off-leash park.
- Licence your dog - Dogs in Whistler must possess and wear a valid dog licence.
- Pick up after your dog and put the waste in a garbage can.
- Don’t allow your dog to become a nuisance to other people.
Dogs must be leashed in Whistler, except in designated off-leash parks.
Whistler is bear country and off-leash dogs can create risky encounters with wildlife. Leashing your dog will protect you, your dog, other people and pets, and Whistler's wildlife.
Dogs are not permitted on public beaches for public health reasons, and are not permitted in playgrounds and waterparks for safety reasons.
Any dog roaming at large in the municipality may be seized and impounded at the owner's expense.
Whistler has four parks with designated off-leash areas:
- Alpha Lake— Alpha Lake includes a gravel off-leash dog area known as "Arfa Park" and a designated dog dock.
- Bayly Park
- Rainbow Park—Barking bay at the south end of the Rainbow Park is a small grass lawn off-leash dog areas with access to the swimming dock. Dog owners are asked to keep their dog leashed as you travel through Rainbow Park to Barking Bay.
- Lost Lake Park—Dogs are welcome at "Canine Cove" 400 metres to the north of Lost Lake beach. They are not permitted on Lost Lake beach.
Off-leash dogs must be in the owner’s control and remain in off-leash areas. Owners must also have a leash visible, and leash dogs when entering and exiting off-leash areas. Ensuring your dog is well trained and will return immediately when called will help avoid potentially risky encounters with bears.
Dogs in Whistler must possess and wear a valid dog licence.
Licences are available at the Municipal Hall or Whistler Animals Galore (WAG). WAG receives 50 per cent of proceeds for licences purchased at the animal shelter.
- Neutered or spayed - $15
- Not neutered or spayed - $50
- Puppy five months and under - $15
- Replacement - $5
Licences help the RMOW contact dog owners if a pet is lost or during an emergency.
Licences must be renewed annually, starting on January 1. Renewals can be done in person or online through the RMOW’s online dog licence renewal service.
To renew online, users need the account number and access code as listed on the renewal notices. For assistance, contact Financial Services.
Visitors must ensure their dogs are wearing a valid licence from the community where they permanently reside.
Whistler's Bylaw Services staff and Whistler Animals Galore (WAG), Whistler's animal shelter, work together to help return lost pets to their owners.
Learn how to to report a lost or found dog. If your dog has been picked up by a bylaw officer and brought to the animal shelter there is a fee to retrieve it.
Please pick up after dogs and dispose of waste appropriately. Failure to do so could result in a fine of $100.
Compostable dog waste bags are provided at many parks and trail junctures. Bag it, and bin it.
Pick Up Protocol (PUP)
Dog owners in Whistler can help turn their pet’s waste into high-quality soil, thanks to a pilot program in two of Whistler's off-leash parks: Bayly Park and Alpha Lake Park.
Pick Up Protocol (PUP) program provides special compostable dog waste bags, which dog owners can use to pick up their pet’s waste before disposing of them in a marked red PUP bin. The waste collected will be added to Whistler’s composting stream, rather than being shipped as garbage to the landfill. More
Whistler Animals Galore (WAG)