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Top 5: Winston’s Top Dog-Friendly Spots in Victoria

Top 5: Winston’s Top Dog-Friendly Spots in Victoria

Winston loves taking the water taxi in Victoria, BC

Fairmont Empress Canine Ambassador Winston, a 5 year old Labrador/Golden Retriever cross joined the team in January 2019. Since then he has been hard at work welcoming guests, stealing hearts and eating treats.

If you’ll be travelling with your dog this summer, Winston knows all the great spots to check out together.

Island View Beach Park – PC: Tourism Victoria


When the tide is out, there is no shortage of sandy beach for Winston to do his zoomies and get as sandy as possible. His parents love the views of Mount Baker, James Island and Haro Strait from across the ocean and Winston loves the abundance of picnic tables where he might score a snack or two.

Winston taking in those Vancouver Island views


Call him basic, but the basics are popular for a reason! Dallas Road is a 4km long oceanfront walkway popular with Victoria’s locals and their 4-legged family members. Winston’s favorite is from Douglas Street to Clover Point where he can be off-leash and make new friends. Extra Basic: If we get all the way down to the James Bay end, Winston loves to cap off the adventure with a Puppuccino from Starbucks. 

Winston on the hunt for fish & chips at Fisherman’s Wharf


This one is a little off the beaten path, but if your dog has sea legs like Winston does, hop on one of Victoria’s famous water taxis and head to Fisherman’s Wharf. This fun pier is lined with outdoor picnic tables where you can enjoy lunch from the many restaurants with your furry friend. While it has some of the best views of the city, Winston has never noticed as he spends much of the time hoping someone will drop their fish and chips!

Cadboro-Gyro Park

gyro beach

Part of the Cadboro Bay Beach Park, beach access is more limited in the summer but it’s still a great spot. Beautiful water to swim in and plenty of sticks for your Branch Manager and your Assistant Branch Manager alike. Winston loves to chase a good stick! (There is a fantastic playground for your 2-legged kids too.)

Winston at the Empress


Last but certainly not least, is Fairmont Empress. When staying with your pet, you’ll receive a custom pet bed based on the size of the furry guest, water and feeding bowls, treats and a welcome card personally signed by Winston. Book Now

Keep in Touch: To see what’s up with Winston, and get a dog’s eye view of more hidden gems in Victoria, check him out on Instagram @WinstonattheEmpress

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