Top 10 Dog Friendly Destinations in Canada
Your pet will love vacationing at these Canadian destinations that are packed full of fun for our four-legged friends!
Your pets are part of the family – so why leave them behind when you go on a trip? Bringing your furry friend along with you on vacation can be a blast.
However, some dog friendly destinations in Canada are more accommodating than others. So if Fido is also taking that trip, make sure you visit an area that’s filled with top-notch dog parks, pet-focused hotels and other perks to keep you and your furry companion happy. For some ideas, check out our list of the top 10 dog friendly destinations in Canada.
1. VANCOUVER, B.C.
With a population of active dog-loving people, miles of winding trails and many wide-open parks, Vancouver is known for being a canine paradise.
It was also given the number one ranking in the Top 5 Canadian Cities for Dog Owners by TrustedHousesitters.com There are plenty of local hotels that allow pets here. Plus, you’ll discover many amazing off-leash parks where you can let your furry friend frolic, such as Dusty Greenwell Park, Charleson Park and Coopers’ Park.
2. KAWARTHA LAKES, ONTARIO
Located only a couple of hours by car from Toronto, the Kawartha Lakes region is one Ontario’s top cottage spots.
Kawartha Lakes is home to hundreds of lakes and rivers and is popular for fishing, camping and hiking, so bring your pets with you to explore the trails. While in the area, stay at the Woodhaven Country Lodge. This is a property that is specifically designed for dog owners: your furry friends will be able to sleep in the bed with you and enjoy a number of fun outdoor activities. The guest house even offers a fully enclosed 110-foot by 50-foot run for dogs that can’t be off-leash.
3. WINNIPEG, MANITOBA
The capital city of Manitoba has many green parks and dog-friendly areas.
The Maple Grove Dog Park is a favourite with local pooches, but your pet can also run free at the St. Boniface Industrial Park, King’s Park and Woodsworth Park Off-Leash Areas. Afterward, treat your pet to a new toy at It’s Raining Cats & Dogs, a pet accessory shop on Academy Road.
4. MONT TREMBLANT, QUEBEC
The town of Mont Tremblant, Quebec is famous for its ski resorts, lush surroundings and breath-taking views of the Laurentian mountain range.
Take Fido for a stroll on one of the hiking trails in the Laurentian Mountains. And if you feel like taking a walk around town, the community here is very dog-friendly. Your pet will be allowed almost anywhere, as long as he/she is on a leash – most shops will even let your dog come inside. There are also a variety of pet-friendly accommodations in Mont Tremblant, including the beautiful Blueberry Lake Chalet Resort.
5. WHISTLER, B.C.
Whistler is another great pet-friendly destination. Many locals are devoted dog owners who love to take their pets with them as they explore the outdoors.
From dog beaches and dog parks to an array of boarding and grooming services, Whistler is packed with pooch-focused amenities. Also, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels and vacation rentals to choose from. Even some luxury accommodations will welcome your animal friends.
6. CANMORE, ALBERTA
With an abundance of pet-friendly vacation rentals available, the Rocky Mountain town of Canmore makes a great destination for those travelling with their animal friends.
Some of the trails in nearby Banff National Park don’t allow dogs – but that’s not the case in Canmore. The hiking trails just outside the park are excellent for exploring with your pet. And if you want to let your K-9 run around, there are three great off-leash dog parks in Canmore.
7. REVELSTOKE, B.C.
Nestled in the Columbia-Rockies section of the Kootenays, Revelstoke is a ski town in the winter and a hiking and mountain biking hotspot in the summer.
And it also offers plenty of fun outdoor activities for humans and canines. Dogs are permitted throughout Mount Revelstoke National Park, so this is a great opportunity to go on some long hikes and explore the mountains with your four-legged friend at your side. There are also plenty of pro-pet accommodations here as well, including the posh Sutton Place Hotel.
8. ROBINSONS, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Robinsons, a small village in the Bay St. George area of Newfoundland and Labrador, has been on the maps since 1798.
In this tiny community of only a few hundred people, you can stroll along a deserted beach, watch the sun setting over the ocean, hike along the cliffs and play fetch in the sand.
Stay at Cliffside Cottages, where you’ll find a large dog run onsite where your energetic pooch can get some exercise. Also, Pirates Haven RV Park is another pet-friendly spot, with wide open spaces, many walking trails and access to beaches.
9. MONTREAL, QUEBEC
This historic French Canadian city is home to a number of upscale hotels that are also pet-friendly.
There are about 20 different dog parks in the city, with three of the best parks being located right downtown. Walking trails and streets lined with pet-friendly stores and terraces also make this area a prime destination for your animal companions. After a long day of walking around, relax with a drink for you and a cool bowl of water for Fluffy at the dog-friendly patio of Bistro Cote Soleil.
10. SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN
Saskatoon is surrounded by walking trails that meander through the prairies, offering an ideal spot to take a stroll with your dog.
Check out the Sutherland Beach Off Leash Recreation Area, where you can go on a long walk along the forested paths that lead down along the beautiful banks of the South Saskatchewan River.
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