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, and Easy Radium Hikes – Sinclair Creek and the Red Chairs
Breakfast: Start what’s sure to be an incredible day with a great cup of coffee or quick breakfast at dog friendly Bighorn Cafe to start the day. Don’t forget to grab something for later, healthy sandwiches and snacks because this is going to be a day spent outdoors on the trails. Sit outdoors and pooch can enjoy a complimentary slurp out of the water dish provided.
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 trained and expert staff and learn about all there is to see and do your dog can enjoy cookies, cuddles, water and every smell imaginable for the senses! An attraction in its own right, the Visitor’s Centre is home to a wonderful local wildlife exhibit that includes many pieces to pick up, touch, and feel. The exhibit is constantly growing, and is great for kids of all ages. The exhibit includes print material to take home, or a digital version HERE.
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 Muskoka chairs placed at scenic locations by Parks Canada in Kootenay National Park offer a wonderful hiking goal. While some chairs are easy to find, others require more of an adventure. Each location offers views of exquisite views of nearby mountains, rivers or lakes. Watch for 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.
Another relaxing hike, perfect for an outing with your best furry friend is the scenic Sinclair Creek Trail. The Trail is a loop of approximately 2.5 km in length 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.
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.
Walkable 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. Don’t forget to wonder past the post office for a friendly hello, a drink of water, a cookie and a scratch!
Far Out Adventure Hub periodically have people take their pooch with them kayaking, canoeing or even paddle boarding, they welcome your well behaved pup in the van if other passengers are okay with it.
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!
Not only does Nipika Mountain Resort offer pet-friendly accommodations, but with over 100 km 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 and Nipika has three furry companions of its own who can be seen around the property most days. Have a larger animal in mind? They have horse stables on site, so they are welcome, too. Nipika also offers Board n Bale holidays for horse owners looking for a spectacular place for a riding getaway.
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.
Day 3: Whitewater River Running and Easy Radium Hikes Sinclair Creek and the Red Chairs
Breakfast: 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!
Hike the Old Coach Trail (Radium to Dry Gulch). This 9 km (one way) trail has moderate elevation gain and is perfect for walking and for hikers of all ages. The trail winds along the bench lands above the Columbia River and offers great views of the Columbia River Wetlands. An interpretive trail guide is available.
Juniper Trail is one of the best kept secrets in Kootenay National Park. This scenic trail meanders through different eco-systems – open Douglas-fir forest and along the edge of Sinclair Canyon. Enjoy expansive views of the Columbia Valley and Sinclair Canyon falls as well as a chance to take in the view from one of the Red Chairs.
Redstreak Restoration is a 20 minute walk through meadows reborn by prescribed fire on a gentle interpretive trail. A perfect place to spot Bighorn Sheep too!
Valley View Trail is a short 2.4 kms that packs a punch. Steep and challenging, it connects the village of Radium Hot Springs with Redstreak Campground. The perfect spot for good views of the Columbia Valley.
If you are looking for more advanced hiking terrain, please stop in the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre / Parks Canada Visitor Centre and the expert team will be happy to supply you with suggestions.
Spend a day on one of the three best white water rivers in British Columbia with Kootenay River Runners. This established and esteemed company offers trips from mild to wild, the perfect whitewater rafting experience for any outdoor adventurer. Go in to the office to book your river adventure and don’t forget to bring pooch to meet new raft dog, Mosi. He’ll even share his water and cookies! Unfortunately, Mosi can’t invite his new furry friends on the raft or to hang out in the office while their family is rafting, but we can suggest a great doggie daycare.
• Unleashed Pet Care
• Rocky Mountain Pet Resort
Dinner: 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.
Additional Hotels and Lodges that Welcome Dogs
Addison’s Bungalows are certified Pet Friendly
The Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort not only offers dog-friendly suites but they provide dog beds, treats, and poop bags if guests need them.
Dogs are allowed in their pet-friendly rooms at the Radium Gateway Motel and Cobblestone Creek Cottage and Lodging Co. and the Apple Tree Inn with prior approval, don’t forget Radius Retreat.
Don’t forget Radius Retreat,
Camping with your Pooch
Radium Valley Vacation Resort
Canyon RV Resort
Kootenay National Park – Redstreak Campground, McLeod Meadows, Marble Canyon
Please contact both RV Resorts and traditional accommodation providers prior to arrival and confirm your dog request.
Additional great stops to grab a drink with your pooch!
Radium Hot Springs Post Office
Radium Hot Springs Public Library
Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe