Banff National Park Gets Special ‘Paw of Approval’ as one of North America’s Top Pooch-Friendly Travel Destinations

Newly-released by National Geographic, ‘The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel’ Features Banff and Lake Louise

Banff National Park Gets Special ‘Paw of Approval’ as one of North America’s Top Pooch-Friendly Travel Destinations

Four-legged family members have always been man’s best friend, but now they can be his best travel companion too with the ultimate travel guide for dog-lovers, recently-released by National Geographic.  Outdoor-loving canine keepers will be happy to see that Banff National Park, Canada’s first National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been recognized by ‘The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel’ as one of 75 top destinations for wagging-tail-worthy travels.

Four-legged family members have always been man’s best friend, but now they can be his best travel companion too with the ultimate travel guide for dog-lovers, recently-released by National Geographic. Outdoor-loving canine keepers will be happy to see that Banff National Park, Canada’s first National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been recognized by ‘The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel’ as one of 75 top destinations for wagging-tail-worthy travels.

They say every dog has its day and in Banff, whether rain, snow or shine there are many juicy treats just waiting to be explored to fill those days. Whether your pooch enjoys long challenging hikes amongst emerald green lakes and dramatic Rocky mountain peaks or simply prefers a more relaxed, pampered way of life, Banff National Park offers delights for every pup.
 
‘The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel’ is written by Kelly E. Carter, Founder of The Jet Set Pets, a New York Times’ best-selling author and pet travel expert on AOL’s pet site Paw Nation. Accompanied by her posh pooch Lucy, a long-haired Chihuahua, Kelly has travelled the world as a discoverer of the very best in dog-friendly places, hotels, restaurants and runs.

Carter’s recommendations on the must-visit spots for canine companions in Banff National Park, as featured in the ‘The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel’, include: for walkies, the Fenland Trail and Bow River Loop Trail, a horse-drawn sleigh ride along Lake Louise with Brewster Adventures, a trip up high on Sulphur Mountain with the dog-friendly Banff Gondola and a sightseeing helicopter adventure with Rockies Heli Tours.

For tired pooches wanting to relax after a hard day’s exploring, Carter suggests the majestic Fairmont Banff Springs, the Mount Royal Hotel in Banff and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – where doggie guests are greeted in their room with a customized welcome letter from the Director of Pet Relations (the hotel’s very own pet Labrador, Mark), along with a luxurious dog bed, food and water bowl, the latest issue of ‘The Bark’ magazine, freshly baked dog biscuit, and information sheet on pet activities. ‘The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel’ can be purchased online.

Other overnight resting spots in Banff and Lake Louise to consider, guaranteed to make happy hounds are: Buffalo Mountain Lodge, The Lake Louise Inn, The Rimrock Resort, and The Juniper Hotel. Pet packages vary but can include treats, food bowls and pet beds for the travelling pooch.

For long, happy days of dog walking, Banff National Park has countless trails and tracks to entertain furry friends. However, responsible dog owners should always abide with Parks Canada National Park Regulations by keeping dogs on a leash at all times, picking up after their dogs, sharing the trail with other cyclists, runners and hikers and yielding to those on bikes or on foot. During the winter months, dogs are forbidden in Cascade Valley, Spray River Trail, Goat Creek and Spray River, and Redearth Creek and there may be other seasonal restrictions due to wildlife protection. Dog owners should check with the Visitor Information Centers for full details.

Please remember to check the full pet policies and terms & conditions of each activity and accommodation listed above. Please be aware that accommodation partners may only have a selection of pet-friendly rooms available at any one time, early reservations are advised. There may be additional charges or surcharges as part of pet packages.