We were on our way to the ferry when we went down to the beach in Qualicum Beach to check out the area. We noted that there was a sign that said essentially that pdogs had to be leashed July to September and that you had to pick up after your dog.
10 minutes into our walk, a bylaw officer approached us and said that dogs were not permitted on the beach at all. He mentioned that the fine would be $230 dollars. He was friendly and did not actually fine us.
If the bylaw officer did give us a ticket, we would have definitely disputed the ticket because the bylaw sign was vague. It said dogs needed to be leashed July to September. We thought that it implied that dogs could unleashed for the rest of the year. Furthermore, there was no sign saying that dogs were not allowed on the beach.
Lastly, this incident makes me wonder who is watching!? We were just 10 minutes on the beach and the bylaw officer parked his car on the side of the road to talk to us. We believed that some nosy local called the bylaw department. Thanks for making tourists feel so welcome.Edited: 09 March 2011, 00:29