Category dog-friendly travel destination
Selkirk Provincial Park in Haldimand County, Ontario is my favourite dog daytrip escape for two reasons: it’s an easy country drive from my home, and there’s a dog-friendly exercise area and beach in this otherwise compact of the provincial parks. Dog-friendly beaches are a welcome reprieve in the early summer heat.
Parking near Howlers Corners, the Ken Reid Conservation Area in Lindsey, Ontario, Canada leash-free dog park, is $4, a bargain considering there’s no admission charge. A bit of a rustic dog park – rustic because a chicken-wire style fence (which my dog ran straight into) blends with the foliage and surrounds a partially wooded area. There’s a double gate at the entrance, but the ground is worn down enough that my pup could shimmy underneath, which she did.
Travel to Ottawa, Ontario with your dog and make a doggone great weekend of it – stay in Nepean at the Sandman Hotel – a boutique-style pet-friendly hotel along Hunt Club Road.
Not only is it a good-value contemporary hotel with fridge and coffee makers, it will put you at the midpoint between two awesome leash-free dog parks: Conroy Pit in one direction and Bruce Pit in the other, both run by the National Capital Commission (NCC), an organization established to keep the nation’s capital a quality outdoorsy destination. #dogtravel #ottawa
Discover Dog-friendly Buckhorn, Ontario: pet-friendly resort, winery, and provincial park perfect for pup travel
Woodhaven Country Lodge and Resort offers just that and more – each of the five cottage-style units on the property have fenced dog runs, so you can wake up, open the door, let the dog out, and not worry about losing him to the lure of the forest. Dogs aren’t mandatory at Woodhaven, but the resort is designed to be as pet-friendly as possible. If your dog sleeps on the bed at home, they can sleep on the bed at Woodhaven, that’s actually a resort rule.
Bronte Creek Park (1219 Bronte Road, Oakville, Ontario) is not only open for day use from 8 am to 10 pm, but it’s free. That’s right, May 1 to September 1, 2021, Monday to Thursday, there’s no admission cost. Friday, Saturday and Sunday the usual $15.93 plus tax entrance fee applies. #dog #dogtravel #doglove #leashfree
When you have a new puppy, walking from the bedroom to the bathroom is a challenge. With each step, a puppy bites at my slippers and jumps at my feet. She grabs at my jeans after I’m dressed, ripping holes in the denim (twice). Getting ready to take her out for morning pee is a game of keep-away with my snow boots, already sporting one chewed-off tie. Welcome to the truth about new puppies….
If, like me, you missed the cranberry boat during the holiday season, Valentines Day presents the opportunity to create some dog-friendly superfood canine treats for your one true love. Here’s a Cranberry Bacon Dog Treat Recipe.
Welcome 2021, welcome Victoria and welcome to my vision of dog-friendly travel for the next year (or so): Acadia National Park, Thunder Bay, and Philadelphia.
But one canine Christmas fundraiser organized near me prevailed and held a scaled down, scheduled, and socially-distanced photoshoot in a farmer’s field behind the Punch Bowl Market and Bakery in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada.
Having a dog in tow – even if that dog is more swaddled than sprinting – is a great reason to check out an Ontario provincial park I haven’t seen yet: Presqu’ile Provincial Park minutes from Highway 401 along Lake Ontario midway between Kingston and Toronto. Presqu’ile, a boomerang-shaped spit of limestone and sand, is French for an ‘almost island, and it’s a stop for migratory birds and butterflies Spring and Fall.