Pets are a special part of a family. So it can be hard to leave them at home during a vacation or to find a trusted pet sitter at short notice. If you’d like to bring your furry friends along for an adventure Banff National Park, here are some useful tips for a pet friendly Banff and Lake Louise getaway.
1) Bring the right accessories
While pets are welcome in Banff National Park, they must be kept on a leash at all times. Want to go somewhere your furry friend can roam free? Banff is home to an off-leash dog walking park in the town’s industrial area. The Banff Recreation Grounds are another popular place where you can go to walk your pet. If you’re visiting during the snow season, it can be a good idea to bring a coat or booties to keep your pet warm – if they will wear them!
2) Choose from a number of pet friendly Banff hotels
In the Banff area, you’ll find pet-friendly accommodation at properties including:
- Fairmont Banff Springs
- The Moose Hotel & Suites
- Hidden Ridge Resort
- Juniper Hotel
- Buffalo Mountain Lodge
- Irwin’s Mountain Inn
- Tunnel Mountain Resort
- Rocky Mountain Resort
- Banff Ptarmigan Inn
In Lake Louise, your furry friend is welcome to join you at properties such as:
TIP: In order to avoid disappointment, be sure to confirm the pet-friendliness of your hotel prior to making a reservation. Hotels may also have different policies on the number of pets permitted in each room, the type of pets allowed, and the number of pet-friendly rooms available. Call our reservations team at 1-844-754-2443 and we would be happy to confirm your dog-friendly accommodation!
3) Prepare to pay for your pet
Most properties in Banff National Park charge a pet fee starting from $25 per pet, per night – however, this varies between each property. Usually, hotels will request that you do not leave your pets unattended in your room – however, some will make an exception if they are housed in an appropriate kennel.
4) Hire a doggy babysitter
If you need someone to look after your furry friend during your ski trip in Banff National Park, or if you’d just like to have a day or night out while your pet is cared for, MyHotelSitter.com offers doggy babysitting. The service includes walks and costs $29 per hour for up to 3 dogs at a time.
5) Share a tasty treat together
Prior to arriving at your accommodation, ensure that you have enough food for your pet during your stay, or check with the hotel to see if they are able to provide pet food options.
If you’d like to head out on the town for a snack, head to local Banff favourite Wild Flour Artisan Bakery & Café. It’s not just people who flock to this popular, casual cafe – here you’ll find a smorgasbord of delicious baked treats for people (tarts, cookies, muffins, granola bars, foccacias and more), plus a brimming jar of delicious home-baked treats for pups.
6) Avoid wildlife encounters – especially with pets
The towns of Banff and Lake Louise are part of Banff National Park, a protected, UNESCO World Heritage-listed area known famed for its untouched wilderness. This scenic area is home to a number of amazing wild animals such as bears and wolves, plus other large mammals such as elk and deer. While encounters with these animals are relatively uncommon, it’s important to remember that they are unpredictable and potentially dangerous if they feel threatened.
It’s particularly important that visitors do not feed any wild animals in Banff National Park. Feeding wildlife can put both their lives and yours at risk – it causes wild animals to become dependent on food from humans, leading to increased risks of human interaction and this may cause them to be culled in the interest of public safety.
Protect yourself, your pet and Banff National Park’s magnificent creatures by using caution to avoid wildlife when exploring the area with your furry family members. Take note of wildlife warnings on signs around town and via the Parks Canada website.
7) Learn about Banff’s remarkable service dogs
Not all heroes wear capes – some wear collars. In Banff National Park, dogs make a valuable contribution to a number of public safety roles. In the event of emergencies, avalanche rescue dogs assist with tracking missing persons who may find themselves lost or injured in the wilderness. Bear tracking dogs are also used to monitor the location of grizzlies that call Banff National Park home.
8) Explore Banff National Park with a dog sledding tour
Missing your pup back home? Life’s ruff when you’re a dog lover if you can’t bring your pup everywhere you go. But you can still get your dose of doggo while exploring the outdoors with one of the many dog sledding adventures available in Banff National Park. A visit to the wolf-dog sanctuary may also be in order.
Book a pet friendly Banff getaway
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