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Promotional poster for The Pinery Provincial Park Dog Beach post on dogtrotting.net

Pinery Provincial Park Dog Beach & More. (Grand Bend, Ontario – Part II)

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.

Grand Bend Dogs Allowed: Ontario’s Beach Town in Lambton County

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.

The Best Dog-friendly Christmas Events, Light Displays, and Drive-Thrus in Ontario

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.

dog on picnic table near stone wall at Murphy's Point Provincial Park, Ontario

Taking Your Dog to Murphy’s Point Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada

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.

white and black dog in red muskoka chair advertising dog-friendly gananoque, ontario

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.

black and white dog on poster promoting post about staying in a caboose in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada

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

Image sleeping overnight in a historic train caboose … with your dog! That’s right – head to Smiths Falls, Ontario (about a 60-minute drive from Canada’s capital, Ottawa) and visit the Smiths 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.

dog on dock along The Grand River in Haldimand County, Ontario

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.