Category dog-friendly travel destination

Pet-friendly Gananoque, Ontario: the gateway to the 1000 Islands with your dog

Gananoque promotes itself as the gateway to the Thousand Islands and as such is a picturesque town and all about the waterfront. That means, many of the attractions are outside so bringing the dog is possible although mostly on a leash – mostly. There’s one small hidden gem.

Sleep in a historic caboose with your dog in Smiths Falls, Ontario – that’s no Tall Tail (but our sherpa blanket was!)

Imaging sleeping overnight in a historic train caboose … with your dog! That’s right – head to Smith Falls, Ontario (about a 60-minute drive from Canada’s capital, Ottawa) and visit the Smith Falls Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario, a reconstructed 1921 train station at its original location, harkening back in the heydays of luxury rail passenger travel. 

1000 Islands with a Dog: Best Way to experience the scenic Thousand Islands

Two days in the 1000 Islands with a dog and no screens – that was the plan. I was ready to get out of town. Apparently, so was everyone else. Getting past Toronto gridlock traffic, well ahead of the city and well beyond, was the worst I’ve ever seen. People might not be travelling far, […]

Dog-friendly Event Winery Weekend: Top Dog Tasting & Photo Shoot in Norfolk, Ontario

After a few false starts due to ‘you know what,’ Hounds of Erie Winery in Clear Creek, Ontario, Canada hosted The Top Dog Tasting and Photoshoot dog-friendly event August 14 and 15, 2021. Spread out through an orchard vineyard and cornfield, the socially distanced outdoor event was exactly what housebound hounds and their people needed.

Art Hound: Following the PATH with the dog in Dunnville, Ontario

The Paddle Art Tour Haldimand (PATH) is like a tourist scavenger hunt through several small towns dotting a large rural area. But don’t worry – the paddles aren’t hard to find considering the address of each is listed in the guide (here). All are located where visitors and locals are likely to gather: parks, riverside trails, marinas, farmers markets … all locations worth a road-trip stop, anyway. Especially with the dog.

A Tugboat designed with a face and red baseball cap to resemble Theodore Too Tugboat TV show character

Theodore Too Tugboat location? Dog-friendly Hamilton, Ontario Waterfront

Theodore arrived at his new home July 18, 2021 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he was previously docked for two decades. Now Theodore Too tugboat is located along the dog friendly Hamilton, Ontario waterfront walk.

cartoon dog on beach - Dog friendly Kissimmee Florida

Dog-friendly Travel to Kissimmee & Orlando, Florida

Kissimmee is the area in Florida south of Orlando, close enough to Orlando’s iconic attractions including Walt Disney World, Universal, Gatorland Theme Park and Wildlife Preserve and SeaWorld that it’s a popular travel destination for multi-generational travel, families, girlfriend getaways, couples and individuals … all possibly taking the pets along.

dog on beach promoting dog-friendly Selkirk Provincial Park dog beach in Ontario, Canada

Dog Road Trip to Selkirk Provincial Park and Port Dover, Ontario (plus dog beach!)

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.

dogs running leash free in Ken Reid Conservation area Lindsey, Ontario

Howlers Corners: Take your dog to Ken Reid Conservation Area and let her run… leash free

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.

leash free dog parks in ottawa, ontario

Explore Leash-free Ottawa, Ontario with your dog: One Puppy’s Paradise is Two Pits

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