Shuttle Services

Your transportation options include our convenient City and Bowen Shuttles

City/Bowen Transportation For Your Dog

Choose one our convenient transportation options to bring your dog to the Dog Ranch

How best to get your pup to the Dog Ranch? You can send your dog on our City Shuttle or come by car or on foot on the Bowen Island ferry. (See directions here.)

Most of our mainland clients book space on the City Shuttle, which is the most convenient and usually most cost-effective way to get your dog to and from Bowen Island.

The City Shuttle runs Monday to Fridays, in the morning, but not on Stat holidays. You can meet us in our 3 city locations (Vancouver, North Vancouver or West Vancouver), and we’ll carefully transport your pups to their Bowen Island vacation in our specially outfitted vehicles. Most dogs love the Shuttle. For many returning dogs, it’s the “happy van” and they are excited to see it again. They know where it’s going!

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Please see below for details, rates, and instructions.

City Shuttle Details

The Dog Ranch City Shuttle operates, by appointment, five mornings a week, Monday to Friday, from the West End of Vancouver, North Vancouver and West Vancouver. Please note that the Shuttle does not run on weekends or statutory holidays.

Simply book online or by phone at (604) 947-6965. Then bring your dog, and properly packaged up food, to a shuttle location.

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Shuttle Service Instructions

We ask your kind assistance with these shuttle procedures. Thank you in advance—and all aboard the “happy van” for the Bowen Island Dog Ranch!

  • Refrain from feeding your dogs the morning of pick-up. And make sure they have already done their elimination routine. This all helps minimize accidents in our vehicles, and ensures a more pleasant ride for all.
  • Label any medication clearly and, if in liquid form, put it in a zip-lock bag with the original Veterinary instructions.
  • To ensure its safety, please leash your dog before leaving your vehicle and walking to ours.
  • Pack all your dog’s food and belongings in something that will not break open—a strong cloth bag with zipper, or container with secure lid. Bear in mind that once we arrive, we will be carrying everything from our parking lot up to the Ranch buildings. So, not permitted are: garbage bags, ripped bags, flimsy containers, and anything hard to carry and/or will fall apart easily.
  • If providing dry kibble, keep it in the original bag taped shut or transfer it to a plastic container with a tight lid, with your dog’s name clearly marked. Again, garbage bags or flimsy plastic bags just won’t do!
  • If your dog eats raw food, please provide a watertight Tupperware-type container large enough to accommodate two thawed meals, and enclose the frozen food in a double bag or container to prevent any leakage. We’ll take it from there.
  • No need to provide us with food bowl, scoop or measuring cup; leave them at home. Or beds, toys and treats—it’s all provided! Just bring your dog’s regular food—and be sure to add extra in case your trip is delayed or your dog gets extra-hungry due to “too much fun” at the Ranch.

Schedules and Rates

The Dog Ranch City Shuttles operate five days a week, Monday to Friday, by appointment.

If a major stat holiday falls on a week day, our city shuttle service will commence the day after the holiday.

If your dog is staying 15 nights or more then the return shuttle ride is free. If your dog is staying for a month or more, we will waive the shuttle charges which works out to approximately a boarding night for free!

 

City Shuttles

Downtown Vancouver Shuttle

Cost: $27 each way, and only $12 per additional dog from the same family.

Schedule: 10 a.m. pick-up or drop-off. Monday to Friday by appointment.

Location: Sunset Beach parking lot on Beach Drive, West End. Find it at the bottom of Bute Street off Beach Avenue near the Burrard Street Bridge. Turn at the Sunset Beach Café sign off Beach Avenue and drive down the hill into the big parking lot. Look for the Dog Ranch van.

North Vancouver

Cost: $22 each way, and only $12 per additional dog from the same family.

Schedule: 9:30 a.m. for pick-up and drop-off, Monday to Friday by appointment.

Location: Parking lot above the field behind Centennial Theatre. Take Lonsdale Exit #18 off the Upper Levels (Highway 1). Access the parking lot from either Lonsdale Avenue at 23rd Street, or St. Georges at 24th Street.

West Vancouver

Cost: $22 each way, and only $12 per additional dog from the same family.

Schedule: 9:00 a.m. pick-up and drop-off (we are on the 8:30 a.m. sailing from Bowen to Horseshoe Bay), Monday to Friday by appoinment.

Location: Caulfeild Mall, located off Hwy 1, just east of Horseshoe Bay. Driving West on Highway 1 (Upper Levels), take Exit #4, turn left, and drive to the stop sign, turn left again on the bridge across the highway. You’ll see the Mall on the right. Turn right into the mall, and take an immediate right again into the parking on the right side of Safeway, where the Safeway delivery trucks park. Look for the white logo’d Dog Ranch vehicles there.

Snug Cove Ferry Terminal Boarding Shuttle

Use the Snug Cove Shuttle

Cost: $10 per dog each way; $5 per additional dog from same family.

Schedule: We meet the 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ferries from Horseshoe Bay by appointment. (BC Ferries)

Location: Pick-up and Drop-off at the Snug Cove Ferry Terminal, at the Ferry Passenger Pickup area. On Cardena Road, across from the Library and Bus Stop.

Bowen Island Boarding or Day Camp Shuttle

Use the Island Shuttle

We’ll pick up and drop off your dog at your home on Bowen Island. Please note the times are approximate and vary depending on number of dogs on board.

  • Shuttle pick up: Between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. (Call or email before 9 a.m. if you cannot drop off your dog at the Ranch.)
  • Shuttle drop off: Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. (Call before 4 p.m. if you cannot pick up your dog before 5 p.m. closing.)

The Dog Ranch’s van and trucks are outfitted for the safe transportation of dogs; dogs are always leashed between your house and the vehicle. We may ask for a brief initial meeting (at your house) so we can understand your entry instructions and ensure your dog is comfortable having us approach and engage with him.

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Board 'n' Train Program

Come home to a more cooperative, more stimulated pup! Before your dog’s stay, call or email us to book some training sessions, and our instructor will work those pesky behaviours your pup needs work on while you’re away

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Dates We're Full

We get very busy and often full for boarding during the times when the kids are out of school. This includes Long Weekends, Summer, Xmas, and March Break. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment!

Vaccinations

If your dog is coming in for boarding or day camp, please ensure their vaccinations are up-to-date. We have a 5-7 day window from when you have them done before your dog can socialize here. We appreciate your diligence on making sure they are valid.

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Hours

Pick up /
Drop Off:
Morning
Afternoons
Weekends & Holidays
7:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Grooming:
Mon - Thurs
Sundays
Noon - 5:00 pm
10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Site visits by appointment only.

Contact Info


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