The Weekly Bark sat down with Eric Kalnins from The City of Coquitlam to chat about the recent news release in Alberta, which allows dogs on patios, a new change that took effect on Thursday May 26th 2022.
“The City of Coquitlam loves our dogs and strive to make our community dog friendly,” he explains.
One initiative for The City of Coquitlam over the last few years has been to cater to more dog owners, and overall, make the city an attractive location to not only visit, but to live in.
“Being surrounded by parks and so close to nature means we have an active community and many of our residents love exploring our parks and green spaces with their dogs.”
Thousands of dog owners frequent the two dog-friendly mountains, Pinnacle Creek Ravine Trail and Eagle Mountain each year.
The City of Coquitlam also has 6 dedicated off-leash dog parks, and a network of parks and trails that allow dogs on leash.
“Ease of access to green space, parks and trails is more important than ever and the City of Coquitlam wants to be sure residents have the ability to get outside with their family including the four legged family members for exercise and fresh air.
“The City of Coquitlam definitely sees dogs as being a part of the family, and we make sure that dogs are included in our planning.”
One is which is making sure water fountains are available in parks for humans and their dogs.
Eric himself has a Golden Retriever named Ferris, who has his own Instagram account, and “Lady the rescue”, both of which he takes to the local brewery, Mariner Brewing Company.
Which brings us to the topic of dog-friendly patios in BC.
“We support the changes in Alberta, and would love to see B.C do something similar. Making it easier for businesses to allow dogs on their patios safely is a fantastic move.
Prior to the announcement a few days ago, Alberta’s rules surrounding dog-friendly patios proved similar to Alberta.
“Dogs are permitted on patios in BC as long as the business receives approval from the environmental health officers (EHOs).”
The process includes an inspection to ensure food and drink are not prepared in the outdoor dining areas, a separate entrance for the dogs, and proper cleaning procedures and sanitation in the case of an accident.
“In the meantime, the best thing dog owners can do right now to get more locations to become dog friendly, is to ask them.”
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