Category dog-friendly travel destination
The 13th Street Winery in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada is a dog-friendly Niagara winery where you can dine, sip wine, and enjoy art with your dog.
The Niagara Region in Ontario is an expanding Canadian wine region and every week in social media groups someone asks, where are the dog-friendly wineries? Ridge Road Winery is one of those wineries – focused on creating an experience near the vineyards rather than simply being an outlet for wine tasting and sales. And this experience, fortunately, includes the dog.
Is the Toronto Premium Outlets mall dog-friendly? That’s a question I’ve seen frequently on social media and pet travel groups. The answer is yes, with a caveat.
Stratford in the spring, before the renowned Stratford Festival theatre performances begin, has a different vibe. A slower easily strollable, dog-walking kind of vibe. And that’s what I did a lot during a two-day getaway to Stratford, Ontario, Canada with my 1.5-year-old pup who’s not a fan of leash walking. And that’s why we ended up at the leash-free park … and there’s a good one in Stratford.
Per capita, Hamilton, Ontario has a surprising number of fenced off-leashed dog parks, conservation trails, pet-friendly hotels, dog cafes (yes, dogs allowed), and, well… several waterfalls – making in a surprisingly dog-friendly city.
Two of the day beach zones along the 10-kilometre Lake Huron shoreline at the Pinery Provincial Park are designated dog-friendly – P1 and P2 – at the furthest east end of the lakeshore. However, according to the rules, these aren’t leash-free beaches – dogs must be on a controlled leash less than two-metres long. The good news: these beaches are expansive and part of the main beach – rather than small gravelly less-desirable areas like many other dog beaches sometimes are.
The Grand Bench beach that runs for miles from the iconic lighthouse to the beachfront accessible from the pet-friendly Oakwood Resort is not dog-welcoming in the summer. However, off-season in the middle of winter, no one seemed to care – especially because early morning on the Grand Bend Beach was primarily the domain of fellow dog walkers, and canine stick scouts. So many sticks. My dog loved it.
Tis the season … to grab the dog, jump into the car and head out to awe at Christmas light shows in a town near you. Finding dog-friendly Christmas events can be time consuming because you have to search the websites for answers. Don’t worry, we did that for you! All listed here are dog-friendly holiday light displays – fur sure.
Murphy’s Point Provincial Park
There’s no off-leash park or dog exercise areas in Murphy’s Point Provincial Park, but that didn’t stop us from stopping there on the way home.
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.