the Ultimate Guide for Kelowna's Dog Friendly Patios!

Last updated: 3 January 2022

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Are dog-friendly patios legal in Kelowna, British Columbia?
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Yes, but restaurants that want to welcome dogs on their patio need to work with localauthorities to ensure they adhere to proper health and safety regulations. It is up to therestaurant if they want to welcome dogs on their patios, but pets are not currently allowed inside restaurants at this moment.

When were dog-friendly patios first legalized in British Columbia?
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In 2021, British Columbia quietly changed the law that individual restaurants can allow dogs on patios at the discretion of the owners; however, some restaurants have not yet caught up tothe law yet while others have been unofficially dog friendly for years. Be sure to check before you go if a restaurant will allow dogs.

Which province was first in allowing dog-friendly patios?
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Believe it or not, Alberta was actually the very first province in Canada to allow dog friendly patios, starting in the autumn of 2012. Since that time, Alberta has helped to drive Canada-wide trends towards dog friendly patios, leading the way for provinces like Ontario and Nova Scotia to follow suit, more recently.

Are there any restrictions that I need to know about?
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At this time, dogs are only allowed on select patios, so you will want to be respectful of your surroundings. You may need to tie your dog up to the railing next to your table, depending on the restaurant and local regulations. When in doubt, simply ask the business what restrictions are in place before you eat at a patio with your dog.

Even if it’s legal, do all patios allow dogs?
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No. Because the law is still new, many patios in Kelowna do not allow dogs. Even if you see a dog at the patio or tied up near it, you should always ask if they are allowed before getting seated. It should also be listed on their website if they allow dogs.

Does this apply to service dogs?
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No. Service dogs are allowed on patios and in restaurants to assist their owners with everyday tasks. All businesses are required to make reasonable access requests.

Does my dog need to be leashed?
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Yes. Kelowna has several laws in place regulating dogs and their owners, including leash laws. If your dog is not leashed, you may be subject to a fine. Dogs need to be leashed unless statedotherwise.

What can I expect when I bring my dog to a patio?
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Dog-friendly patios make it easy for you to enjoy a meal or drink outdoors, giving you plenty of space to relax with your dog. You may need to tie your dog to a fence while eating at a dog-friendly patio in Kelowna; however, they will still be at your side. Accidents happen, so make sure to clean up after your dog and keep them out of aisles and walk ways to prevent tripping.

Will there be food for my dog there?
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Some restaurants may have treats to feed to your dog treats, plus water, but you may not want to expect it; in preparation, you'll probably want to bring food and water just in case.

Will I get thrown out if my dog starts misbehaving?
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Just know that you'll probably want to leave if other patrons are fearful of dogs, or in a 'non-dog' kind of mood. By mentally preparing yourself to leave in case any bad vibes arise, you'll feel much more confident to take your dog to the patio.

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Which province was first in allowing dog-friendly patios?
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Believe it or not, Alberta was actually the very first province in Canada to allow dog friendly patios, starting in the autumn of 2012. Since that time, Alberta has helped to drive Canada-wide trends towards dog friendly patios, leading the way for provinces like Ontario and Nova Scotia to follow suit, more recently.

How did dog owners bring their pups to patios before the 2012 legislation change?
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It might come as a surprise that, before 2012, the sole way dogs could join their owners at patios was by being tied up along the perimeter of restaurant patios, which were considered part of the sidewalk. Mainly because of Alberta Health Service’s concerns for health (for instance, other patrons being allergic to dogs), safety (children who are afraid of being bitten), and restaurant aesthetics (dogs barking during other patrons’ dining experiences), no restaurants were officially dog friendly in Alberta before 2012.