Camping with Pets in British Columbia

Camping with pets in British Columbia.

One of the best things about our overland rental vehicles? They are pet friendly. We just charge a small sur-charge to help with the additional cleaning. 

Exploring the back-country of British Columbia with your pets is one of the best vacations ever, but it’s important to be safe and responsible while showing your 4-legged friends around. 

The quick checklist

  • Does the campground you want to go to allow pets?
  • Does the campground have shade? Very important in the hot summer months.
  • Is my pet Microchipped and suitable ID Tag?
  • Health check – always an idea to get a quick check on your pet before heading out into the bush. 

What to pack?

  • Their bed – something that has their smell, it helps keep them comfortable anbd more rellaxed. 
  • Toys and bones, to keep them occupied when on the leash.
  • Water bowl – and extra water for your 4 legged friend. 
  • Extra long leash for when tied up at camp. Or a tie in or collapsable fence area. 
  • Poo Bags – Don’t be that guy!
  • Food.
  • Any Meds.
  • Pet first aid kit – We treat our dogs for cuts and injuries just as much as we treat each other.
  • Collar/Harness/Leash.
  • ID Tags

 

Dogs and Wildlife

Camping with petsThe biggest problem when taking dogs out into the back-country or indeed the front country campgrounds is the potential for wildlife encounters. Pets are generally wildlife attractants due to the smells they bring with them and therefore its important to have them leashed and under control. 

Even the best behaved dogs, sometimes can’t contain themselves when faced with wildlife, either predator instinct kicks in and they chase or they bolt. Regardless, you don’t have an under control dog. Take for example a situation I found myself recently. I always take our dogs out exploring with us and this day was no different, we were doing the hike down into raft cove in the north part of Vancouver Island. Up ahead there was a bear on the path. Now luckily we were traveling downwind of the bear and the bear saw us before we saw him. The situation could have been alot worse if the dogs were off leash.

Keep them on a lead in wildlife areas, it’s best for them and for the wildlife. 

No go areas

It’s always best to check ahead of time whether dogs are allowed on certain trails. For example – on the Cape Scott Trail on Northern Vancouver Island, dogs are only allowed on the trail as far as San Josef Bay, they are not allowed any further past that. Similarly dogs aren’t allowed on some beaches during the peak summer months. 

Key Rules

  • Don’t leave your pet unattended at your campground 
  • Ensure your pet is secured when traveling 
  • Take frequent breaks on long distance car rides
  • Don’t leave your pet in a parked car in warm weather 
  • Keep them leashed on trails and in campgrounds
  • Clean up after your pet
  • Camping with pets

Most importantly – Have a great time with your 4-legged friends.

If you want to book our pet friendly overland vehicle rentals check out our bookings page