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Travel Toronto, ON: Spring 2017 Canadian Pet Expo. It’s on!

Some people are heading to church next Easter weekend. Others will be glad Friday is a holiday. I’m thrilled the Spring Canadian Pet Expo is back at the International Centre, near the Toronto airport in Ontario, Canada. The 2017 event promises to be the biggest yet with more than 300 vendors (really, the focus of […]

Maple Syrup Festival Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Park Quest Site #3: Bronte Creek Provincial Park Maple Syrup Festival

We got there. Just in time. I didn’t know it then, but my dog Victor and I made it to the last day of Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s Maple Syrup Festival on March 26, 2017. Every weekend in March – and throughout March Break – this provincial park celebrates one of Canada’s favourite sweet and […]

Dog-friendly Fort George in Niagara on the Lake www.dogtrotting.net

Parks Canada Site #2: Fort George, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

  Grade school was the last time I visited Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario – until I took my dog there in February 2017. Wow, time has passed. When you revisit a historic site as an adult two things happen: you understand the historical context that likely eluded you as a kid, and you understand […]

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Travel Erie, PA: Showing my dog some love with a visit to Presque Isle State Park (Part II)

(Thank you to our sponsor Red Roof Inn for providing accommodations on this trip!) Day two and I’m ‘showing my dog Victor some love this February’ by taking him on a road trip to Erie, Pennsylvania. Today we head to why we’re here: Presque Isle State Park. It’s an incredible site with almost every outdoor […]

Victor a black dog at Red Roof Inn for Valentines Day

Travel Erie, PA: Show Your Dog Some Love in February Getaway (Part I)

(Thank you to our sponsor Red Roof Inn for providing accommodations on this trip!) Show your dog some love this month. Take him/her on a road trip, even for a weekend. February, the month of hearts and flowers, is also ‘Love Your Pet Month’ (aren’t the all?). I’m all over it. Valentine’s Day can be […]

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Travel Niagara Falls, ON: Pawing Around the Winter Festival of Lights (with the dog)

Finally, we made it to the granddaddy of all holiday light shows: The Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Established in 1983, this festival grows each year to include laser light shows and fireworks at special times during the festival’s run November 19, 2016 to January 31, 2017. Visit anytime dusk to midnight […]

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Travel Burlington, ON: Pawing around the Festival of Lights

Tonight we’re pawing around Spencer Smith Park in Burlington, Ontario along Lake Ontario amid the Festival of Lights show. We’ve squeaked in to see it because this annual event runs until January 9, 2017 but started December 2, 2016. It’s freezing cold night. No falling snow but a biting wind blowing from the lake. I’m […]

Travel Brant, ON: Pawing around at the Brantford Lights at Glenhyrst

What’s the best part of an outdoor Christmas light show? You can take your dog, of course. There’s not much my crazy terrier Victor loves more than exploring (read: sniffing) new locations and corners. And if there are bright lights to amuse and distract me, all the better. So holiday light show stop number two […]

Travel Norfolk: Pawing Around Simcoe’s Panorama of Lights

My dog Victor is attracting attention. More kids are pointing at my little black terrier than the bright shiny Christmas lights filling Wellington Park in downtown Simcoe, Ontario. No wonder. Victor is dressed in his Christmas bowtie and red Kurgo Loft Jacket keeping him cute and cozy – both equally important when it comes to […]

dog-friendly shopping Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

Travel Niagara-on-the-Lake: Dog-friendly Shopping

My 12-year-old terrier mixed breed dog loves shopping. Ok, he doesn’t. I love shopping and he loves not being left alone at home. So we were thrilled to discover the Outlet Collection at Niagara – relatively new to the region near Niagara Falls, Ontario area – is pet-friendly. Really pet-friendly, actually. Shortly after the busiest shopping […]