Category dog-friendly travel destination

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

dog on chair at dog friendly resort in buckhorn ontario

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.

leash free dog zone at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Oakville, Ontario

Enjoy off leash dog park fun: Oakville’s Bronte Creek Provincial Park (and bistro lunch!)

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