When planning your trip to Radium there’s no reason to leave your best friend behind.
With plenty of pooch-friendly options, be sure to bring your dog along, too.
Day 1: Radium Visitor Centre, Zipline Adventure, and Patio Relaxing
Start what’s sure to be an incredible day with a great cup of coffee or quick breakfast at dog friendly Big Horn Cafe. Don’t forget to grab a healthy sandwich or pastry for later! Sit on the patio to sip your latte and pooch can enjoy a slurp out of the water dish provided.
Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre
A stop in at the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre is definitely worth the time and your pup is more than welcome! As you talk to the expert staff and learn about all there is to see and do, your dog can enjoy cookies, cuddles, and water in the centre! An attraction in its own right, the Visitor Centre is home to a wonderful local wildlife exhibit that includes many interactive displays. The exhibit is constantly growing and is great for kids of all ages.
Valley Zipline Adventures
Want a great way to see the Columbia Valley? Over 1.5 hours of exciting fun for the whole family, Valley Zipline Adventures will have you traversing 7 ziplines and zig-zagging across the Dry Gulch valley. Guests are welcome to bring their dogs over (on leash of course). Pup can get a good drink of water in the large doggie bowl available, however their team is unable to supervise dogs while guests are out on a tour. If they bring an extra human along they are welcome to wait.
Pet Friendly Patios
The walkable town of Radium lets you take advantage of some serious patio hopping. After a day of outdoor exploration it’s time to relax and enjoy the wonderful patio options around Radium that welcome four legged friends, such as Conrad’s Kitchen and Grill ! You and your dog can take in striking Columbia Valley views from the comfortable outdoor seating of several great Radium restaurants and pubs – just be sure to double check policies.
Day 2: Pristine Rocky Mountain wilderness welcomes you! Get outdoors hiking and mountain biking with your four-legged friend.
Breakfast: begin a leisurely morning off right with a home-cooked breakfast a hearty breakfast burrito or traditional bacon ’n eggs in one of the delicious eateries nearby. Don’t forget to stock up on sandwiches and snacks for later!
Nipika Mountain Resort
Not only does Nipika Mountain Resort offer pet-friendly accommodations, but with over 100 k.m. of trails and an open meadow, your furry friend will experience a vacation like no other! Pets are a part of the Nipika family, so bring everyone along when you visit. Have a larger animal in mind? They have horse stables on site, so they are welcome, too.
Located 30 minutes from Radium Hot Springs, bordering Kootenay National Park, Nipika means truly unlimited summer fun. Walk, hike, or run the web of well-maintained trails that provide a wonderfully diverse and scenic experience through dense forest, across meadows of wildflowers, and along the river.
Be sure to include some time on two wheels while you’re there! Regardless your skill level, Nipika offers mountain bike terrain that ranges from beginner to expert and is described as smooth, flowy, rooty, and technical.
Looking for a friendly dinner stop for you and Fido? Grab a pizza and enjoy the outdoor seating and the view at Wildside Pizzeria where your fur baby can enjoy cookies, cuddles, and an unlimited water dish on the patio.
Day 3: Easy Radium Hikes, the Red Chairs and Wildlife Viewing
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your campsite or wander into Radium for some delicious home-cooked pancakes, a hearty breakfast burrito or traditional bacon ’n eggs in one of the delicious eateries nearby. Don’t forget to stock up on sandwiches and snacks for later!
Old Coach Trail
Hike the Old Coach Trail (Radium to Dry Gulch). This out-and-back trail has gentle elevation gain and is perfect for hikers of all ages. The trail winds above the Columbia River and offers great views of the Columbia River Wetlands.
Kootenay Park Red Chairs
Next, a scenic hiking adventure for you and your dog (on leash) to find the Kootenay Park Red Chairs! Selfie-worthy, these two sets of Red Chairs placed at scenic locations by Parks Canada in Kootenay National Park offer a wonderful hiking goal. Each location offers unique views and adventure to find! Watch for Bighorn Sheep as you walk up the Juniper Trails across the Radium Hot Springs pools to take in the view from this newly reclaimed area. Go further afield into Kootenay National Park to find the red chairs where you can relax in a landscape shaped by fire and erosion as you admire the turquoise, glacial waters and startling canyon walls of Marble Canyon.
Sinclair Creek Trail
Another relaxing hike and perfect for an outing with your best furry friend is the scenic Sinclair Creek Trail. The trail is a 3 k.m. loop and provides a series of information kiosks outlining points of interest along the scenic route adjacent to the peaceful creek, which serve to educate users on the environment and history of the area. A gentle hike, great for all ages.
Redstreak Restoration is a 20 minute walk through meadows reborn by prescribed fire on a gentle interpretive trail. This area is the perfect place to spot Bighorn Sheep enjoying the grasslands. Remember to keep your pet on leash on national park trails.
A day on the trails around Radium will leave you in the mood for a great meal. If you’re not up for cooking at camp, a delicious meal in town awaits you in one of the many fine restaurants Radium has to offer.
Hotels and Lodges that Welcome Dogs
Many hotels and resorts within the town of Radium Hot Springs will welcome dogs upon approval. Have a look at our wonderful accommodators to find the right fit for you.
Camping with your Pooch
Please ensure to confirm your pet-friendly reservation with your accommodator or campsite host.