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It’s a Dog’s Life at the Summit Lodge

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At the Summit Lodge, pets are acknowledged as beloved family members. “Can you imagine traveling without your kids?” exclaims Lorraine Yeung of the Summit’s marketing department, echoing the sentiments of general manager Tony Medd.

Indeed, the entire staff welcomes dogs with arms wide open—literally. “Our front desk staff looooove dogs,” says Lorraine. “We love to come around the desk and greet them, give them some treats, and make sure they have a couple of dog amenities.” In fact, there are even dogs on staff—Lorraine’s dog, Talitha, our working Rottweiler, has been on the job since the ripe age of eight weeks.

Introducing the Summit Lodge’s Pet Package

At its very core, the Summit Lodge is about ensuring that guests have a positive experience. “We love to be able to do anything to make our guests have the best day ever,” says Lorraine. That’s why the hotel is so excited to unveil its new and improved pet package: they know that happy pets and happy guests go hand-in-hand.

While human guests can sample Aveda products and indulge in the treatments offered at the on-site Taman Sari Heritage Spa, there are plenty of opportunities to pamper pooches, too. “Gourmet pet baskets” greet pets and their owners as they enter their room for the first time, complete with a dog bed and blankets, healthy local-made dog treats, eco-friendly baggies and green-centric dog toys.

Exploring Dog-Friendly Whistler

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Your puppy will have plenty to do while you relax in your room, but he or she will be equally excited to join you as you explore everything that Whistler has to offer. The Summit Lodge offers free bike rentals, and Lorraine advises guests to borrow a bike and take a leisurely ride through the Lost Lake Trails, dog leashed in tow. “Spend a little bit of time at Canine Cove or Barking Bay,” she insists, referring to a few of Whistler’s dog-friendly beaches. Pick up a few treats at Purebread and make a picnic of the day!

A simple walk along the Village Stroll can be fun, too. “Aside from all the exciting sights and smells, there are so many pet-friendly shops in Whistler. There is also lots of outdoor seating—you can’t bring your dog onto a patio, but you can tie your dog up just outside the patio.” That means enjoying an après-ski beverage while keep a close eye on your four-legged friend.

“In the summer especially, we can have so many dogs in the Village,” says Lorraine, “offering plenty of opportunities for socialization.” Her own pup enjoys mingling with other local and visiting dogs in the large grassy area in the Olympic Plaza.

Planning Your Pet-Friendly Trip

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Of course, having lots of pets in town means that you’ll need to plan ahead to make sure your own dog is taken care of. “Not many properties allow pets to be left alone in a hotel room. Dog sitters and walkers can get booked up very quickly,” says Lorraine. “Do a little bit of Google-ing to find all of the pet-friendly places in Whistler.” The Summit staff can offer their own recommendations, too.

Keen on the idea of your pet joining you on your Whistler adventure? There are a few things you can do to prepare for your pooch. “When I travel with my dog, I bring some treats,” says Lorraine, highlighting that this is an especially good tactic if your pet tends to get anxious or overexcited. Treats will encourage your pet to associate traveling with positive experiences. “I might also bring them a blanket or toy, to make them feel at home and to provide a bit of familiarity,” advises Lorraine. “If your dog is crate-trained, a crate can make them feel really secure.”

Is That a… Tiger?

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Unlike many other Whistler accommodations, the Summit Lodge does not limit the number of dogs or the size of dog permitted in the room. As long as you provide advance notice, the Summit will happily accommodate you and your pets on a dog-friendly floor—your canine will even receive a personalized shout-out on the in-house dog board by the front desk!

Other pets are welcome, too, as long as owners notify the hotel ahead of time in order to understand the policies in place. Hotel employees recalled the time a famous rapper brought a wild cat into the hotel (Small leopard? Mini tiger? The official breed was never confirmed).

Certified Dog-Approved

Dog Friendly Whistler Hotel | Summit Lodge Hotel

And what do the dogs think about the Summit Lodge experience? The proof is in the pudding: just as human guests make a point of returning to the Summit, so do their dogs. Lorraine tells me about one of her favourite regulars, a retriever named Bentley. She enjoys catching up with Bentley’s family and keeping up on their lives. “One of the best parts of our jobs is seeing these guests that keep coming back.”

To find out more about the Summit Lodge’s dog-friendly experience, check out the hotel’s pet policies and treat your dog to the ultimate Whistler experience!

A Dog’s Life

Originally Posted by Enjoy Whistler on April 10, 2012 – “Summit Lodge with Dog”

People who are familiar with Whistler will know that it is a “dog town”. No matter whether you are walking down the Village stroll or you are cross-country skiing, people love to take their furry friends everywhere. Whistler is definitely dog friendly, and traveling with a pet to Whistler should not be a stressful event.

I used to go on a quick Whistler getaway by myself, but this time I decided to give it a try and take my dog Tammy with me. Being a Border Collie – Jack Russel mix she is full of energy and enjoys the great outdoors. I chose the Summit Lodge as my accommodation, because I heard a lot of good things about the lodge and the rates were great keeping in mind that I went for two nights on a busy weekend in February. The reservation process through the EnjoyWhistler.com team was easy and I got an amazing package price for ski rentals, lift tickets and accommodation. The Summit Lodge is dog friendly, they don’t charge for pets and have pet amenities like beds and bowls available for your best friend.

When I arrived at the front desk the staff gave me a warm welcome, but what made my heart melt was to see Tammy’s name on a welcome board. She got cuddled and treated like a princess by the staff and enjoyed a treat while I got the room keys.

We stayed in a Studio Deluxe room. The room is about 340sqft large, had a queen bed, a kitchenette, balcony, fireplace and nice sitting as well as dining area. Tammy’s doggy bed and food bowls were waiting in the room as well. The room was very charming with natural colors and comfortable furniture. The lodge has also One Bedroom Suites available which are perfect for a family that needs more space. With its 610sqft it offers a separate bedroom with a king size bed and a queen size sofabed in the living room. The same amenities await you in this category like fireplace and private balcony.

The third category is the Executive Studio King. Similar to the Deluxe Studio the room offers a kitchenette, Taman Sari Spa bath amenities, complimentary high speed internet access and flat-screen tv, but this room is about 100sqft larger than the normal Deluxe Studio category with a great layout.

I enjoyed a relaxing bath in the soaking tub before I got ready to meet my friend at Elements Urban Tapas, which is connected to the Summit Lodge. I called the front desk a few days earlier and arranged a dog sitter for Tammy. Although I know that my dog is quiet when I’m not around I also know the rules and a dog is not allowed to be left alone unsupervised in a hotel room.

On my way to Elements Urban Tapas bar I walked past the 855sqft function space that the Summit Lodge has to offer for groups or bigger celebrations. Catering service for breakfast, lunch and dinner can be arranged in this with natural light flooded space.

Elements has always been one of my favorite places in Whistler for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Lots of locals can be found her enjoying dishes like Eggs Rockefeller (Two poached eggs served over creamed spinach and swiss cheese topped with hollandaise and choice of toast), Tiger Prawn Chorizo Linguine or Stuffed Pork Loin (10 oz bone-in centre cut chop, with pine nut, apricot stuffing, accented with apple cider demi, with garlic mash and seasonal vegetables) for an affordable price. After a long evening I found my dog happy in her fluffy bed wagging her tail while I released the friendly pet sitter.

Before I checked out in the morning I had to visit the heated outdoor pool, hot tub and the Taman Sari Heritage Spa at the Summit Lodge. The spa offers from traditional royal Balinese massages to regenerating facials, relaxing pedicures and luxurious manicures. Different than in at hotels in Whistler the pool area is nestled in a quiet area behind the building with a small park next to it.

Tammy and I enjoyed our stay a lot and while I took care of the checkout formalities she enjoyed a last good cuddle from the amazing staff at the Summit Lodge. I wished I could have had some more time to go skiing and use their private ski shuttle for their guests to the lifts as well as the ski valet, but I know I will be back soon and Tammy too. No matter whether traveling with a pet to Whistler or without, as a group, by yourself or with the whole family the Summit Lodge is the perfect place to stay in Whistler!