Dogs and adventures – the two go together like hot chocolate and marshmallows. With plenty of pet-friendly places to stay and an abundance of winter activities, here’s how you can achieve a memorable trip with your furry friend.
Things to do
Do you have an energetic dog who prefers to run around off-leash or get out for hours to explore? We can’t think of many better places to play than along one of these scenic spaces.
An off-leash dog park right in Radium Hot Springs, the trail follows along the lower portion of Sinclair Creek. It’s a beautiful treed walk with the sound of the creek flowing alongside.
Often referred to as a pet resort that is human-friendly, Nipika is well-known for its vast trail network. Dogs are allowed in the cabins, Day Lodge, and on all trails (off-leash if under control.) With over 50km of cross-country ski trails, 30km of fat bike trails, and additional trails for snowshoeing, there are ample activities for humans to enjoy, too!
Located just 15 minutes south of Radium Hot Springs on Lake Windermere, The Whiteway is a multi-use trail featuring ice skating, cross-country skiing, fat biking, and walking. Condition-pending, the trails weave across the lake connecting Invermere to Windermere ranging from 11-30km. In 2014, it was named the world’s longest skating trail by Guinness World Records.
There are many other trails in and around Radium Hot Springs and Kootenay National Park to explore.
With an eclectic variety of hotels, motels, inns, and resorts in Radium there are options for every traveller. Check for the paw print notation when finding the right fit for you! Be sure to mention you will be bringing your dog with you when you reserve your accommodation.
The Snack Bar on Main Street has a dog-friendly patio. Sit back, enjoy the delicious street fare food (they specialize in poutine), and take in the views with your furry friend by your side. There are many other restaurants in town that offer takeout.
Tips for your trip
Here are a few things to remember to make your visit truly unforgettable.
- Dogs must be on-leash within Radium and Kootenay National Park, with the exception of designated off-leash areas. This is for the safety of your dog, wildlife, and other people. With a large sheep and deer population, among other animals, it is important dogs keep their distance for both their well-being and that of the wild animal.
- If you do visit one of the off-leash areas (Sinclair Creek and Nipika Mountain Resort), make sure your pet has good recall since it is an unfamiliar area with many unique scents to follow.
- Lastly, please pick up after your pet.