If you’re seeking a pet-friendly place to stay in Vancouver, British Columbia, situated on a paved trail that leads to all the outdoorsy joys of Stanley Park, look no further than the Pinnacle Hotel on Hastings Street. We stayed here in late November and paid $150 per night for two queen-sized beds and an inspiring view of the water and mountains.
Considering that Vancouver is the most expensive city in North America, the Pinnacle seemed like a steal. We paid a one-time fee of $30 for Felix-the-staffie-mix to join us in the room, and $25 per day to park in the garage. With one Canadian dollar currently equaling .73 USD, this was a bargain. During the reliably-good-weather months of summer, the Pinnacle’s rates go up dramatically, although we had sunny conditions all four days of our November stay, so you might want to risk a winter trip to get the great rate.
Felix has the muscular, block-headed build of the stereotypical “pit bull” type dog, so I was curious to see if we would encounter any of the unfriendly comments and “stink eye” looks that pittie owners occasionally endure. Canadians are famously polite, so if they had any bigotry toward Felix, they did a great job of keeping it to themselves. It did seem that every third person we passed was walking a dog – mostly smaller poodle hybrids, often modeling a designer doggie jacket or other piece of comely canine fashion. Felix felt excessively underdressed in his plain plaid jacket.
Stanley Park’s Seawall is a 5.5-mile paved trail with continuous jaw-dropping views of all sorts of natural and man-made loveliness. It’s fairly flat, and Felix loved it. He is obsessed with swimming and would occasionally try to make a break for it and plunge into the frigid water – luckily his leash and I prevented him from making this hypothermic mistake.
If you would prefer not to walk the entire seawall, there are myriad trails that veer off the seawall and through Stanley Park’s interior. These trails make you feel that you are far from the madding crowd and totally alone in nature, when in fact you are in the center of one of the world’s busiest cities. Well played, Canada.
Vancouver is only a three hour drive from Seattle, and taking Felix across the border was surprisingly easy. We brought along his immunization records, but border patrol agents on both sides didn’t ask for it. They just patted his head, gave him a biscuit, and let him enter each country with ease.
The next time you find yourself taking a West Coast road trip with your pet(s), we highly recommend a stay at The Pinnacle Hotel in clean, culturally-diverse Vancouver.