Dog Events 2021/22 CANADA

Welcome to our 2020/21 list of dog and pet events and festivals coming up in the GTA, Ontario and other parts of Canada. This page is updated regularly so if you have any you want added to share with readers, please let me know via email or in the comments section of

Check these pet-friendly festival listings often – they are frequently updated as dates become available and new events spring up… answering the question:

What dog events can I attend near me?

Where can I take my dog this weekend?

(Note: please check each websites for details. Times, dates and places might have been changed since publication on this site. Also these are listings only – does not run or endorse any of these events).


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February – Westie Indoor Play Day, Orangeville (CANCELLED 2020 & 2021)
Dog at Pawlooza 2017

Westies in Need Rescue invites you to the Westie Indoor Play Day! Most small dogs are not big fans of  winter weather and Westies are no exception. This is an indoor FUNdraising event with lots of space for your dog to run around and have fun off leash while you check out the fabulous sales table. Westies in Need Rescue always have great stuff for sale.  Join the group for a good run around with other Westies and Westie Wannabees on Sun. Feb. 25 from 2pm – 5pm at the Orangeville Fairgrounds, 247090 5 Side Road, Mono (near Orangeville), Ontario.

April – Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs in Oakville,  Brampton, Calgary (Alberta), Guelph, Kitchener, London, St.Catharines and Windsor (POSTPONED 2020 and 2021)

A fundraiser for National Service Dogs, this annual event started in Oakville in 1998 and has spread to other cities on Good Friday every year. Participants collect pledges and are given two egg cartons to collect up to 24 plastic eggs containing dog treats. One leashed dog per participant welcome. $25 per family.

Spring Canadian Pet Expo, Mississauga (POSTPONED in 2021)
Found a friend while docked at McDonald Island in the 1000 Islands

Toronto looks forward to the annual Spring Canadian Pet Expo. This pet related trade show is held annually Easter Weekend at the International Centre near the Toronto airport. Pets are welcome and it’s host to Canada’s largest Cat Show, Ontario Cavy Club Show, Jock Dogs, Dog Lovers Days Lure Course and Air Dog performances. For advice on how to navigate the show, visit my review here. Tickets are $18. Check out previous coverage on International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga.

April 24, 2021 – Teeth Cleaning for Cats or Dogs Fundraiser

Support Westies in Need and improve your pet’s dental health all at once: In Liberty Village, 844 King Street West, Toronto on April 24, 2021, 9 am to 4 pm. Pearly Whites for Pets will offer teeth cleaning services for $219 (plus tax) per pet and 20% will go to Westies in Need. Please e-mail Susan Currie at to register your dog(s) or cat(s), get the time of your scheduled appointment(s) and to make payment arrangements. First come, first serve. Check out Westies in Need here.

April 30 to May 1, 2022 – KW Pet Expo, Kitchener (Cancelled for 2021)

Bring your dog to the dog to this expo focusing on primarily vendors but presentations too from Canine Good Neighbour, Woof Jocks and a pet costume contest. Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex, 400 East Ave., Kitchener. Check out what we bought at the first KW expo.

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June – Furry Friends 5K, Oshawa (CANCELLED for 2020. No event scheduled for 2021)

One of three annual runs, Furry Friends 5K dog-friendly race (walk or run) that you can participate in with your pup. The event supports local animal rescue groups, shelters, and humane groups. (If you can’t make the event, you can sponsor someone who is participating). Cost to participate with your dog is $45.

June 13, 2020 (CANCELLED) – Pound Dog HOWLer fundraiser and family day, New Dumfries

This event is a family-focused fun day at the farm and fundraiser for Pound Dogs Rescue. A group walk around the grounds starts at 10:30 and there’s demonstrations, silent auction and vendors. WRPA Recreation Centre, 1128 Rife Road, North Dumfries, Ontario. 10 am to 4 pm.  See a previous year’s event here.

June – Bark in the Park, London (CANCELLED 2020 – No event scheduled for 2021)

The 34th annual fundraiser for the London Human Society includes: Dog lure course, Sparky’s dock diving, Ultimutts Stunt Dog performances, Cruisin’ Paws Agility shows, Off-leash pond area, Bouncy castles, Silent auction, 50/50 Raffle and dozens of unique product and food vendors. Admission is $20.  Plunkett Estate, 9282 Elviage Drive, London. 10 am to 4 pm.

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June – Furry Friends 5K, Bolton/Caledon (CANCELLED 2020 – no event scheduled for 2021)

One of three annual runs, Furry Friends 5K dog-friendly race (walk or run) that you can participate in with your pup. The event supports local animal rescue groups, shelters, and humane groups. (If you can’t make the event, you can sponsor someone who is participating). Cost to participate with your dog is $45.

June – Barks by the Bay, Trenton (CANCELLED 2020 – No event scheduled for 2021)
dog at Dog Bowl 2019 Frankenmuth, Michigan

Barks by the Bay Canine Festival and Trade Show is a popular outdoor pet festival that’s Fido friendly and full of vendors, breeders, training aids and demonstrations, pet look-a-like contest and groomers on site. This year the theme is ‘dogs and dads.’ Centennial Park, Trenton, Ontario. 9 am to 4 pm. 

June – Homeward Bound Canine Carnival, Bowmanville (CANCELLED 2020 No event scheduled for 2021 )

Homeward Bound Rescue sponsors the annual Canine Carnival that includes Dock Diving, K9 fit workouts, Agility Demonstrations, weight pulling, Annual Doggie Fashion Show and Costume Contest and of course many vendors. 2836 Holt Road, Bowmanville, Ontario. 10 am to 4 pm.

June, 2022 – Annual Ruff Mudder, Collingwood (postponed until 2022)
SuperZoo 2016 Pet Expo Las Vegas

The 4th Annual Ruff Mudder Canine Obstacle Adventure 5km obstacle course for you and your dog is on again. That’s right, you can run a 5k with your dog over 80+ obstacles through forest and field. Then chill out at the largest Doga Class – yoga with your dog. This year, hopes are high to set a Guinness World Book of Records for the largest doga class.  $60 per person for Mudder, 4 for $120 and a pack of 10 is $500. Participating in Doga  at 1 pm is free. 6725 Hwy 26, Stayner.

July – Rescue RoundUp Dog Event, Colborne (CANCELLED 2020 – No event scheduled for 2021 )

Love Jack Russells and other small dogs? The Rescue Roundup Dog Event is for you. Organized by Jack Russell rescue, this event brings Jacks and other little rescue dogs (under 16 inches) for some friendly competitions in an number of categories including barn hunt, lure course, ball retrieve and of course the emotional ‘parade of rescues.’ Please preregister by June 12. 11891 Country Rd 2, Colborne, Ontario.

July – Muddy Paws Wine Festival, Vineland (CANCELLED 2020 – No event scheduled for 2021 )
Fluffy dachshund (cross?) at Wienerpawlooza 2015

Picture it:  a 15-mintue walk along the Bruce Trail through the Niagara Forest and at both ends is a winery – that’s the Muddy Paws event at Vineland Estates Winery 3620 Moyer Road, Vineland and Featherstone Estate Winery, 3678 Victoria Ave., Vineland. Start at either winery, walk the trail to the other with your well-behaved leashed dog and enjoy a glass of vino at each end, along with music, food sampling, NRP K9 Unit, and obedience training demos by Dave McHahon’s Dog Academy. 12 to 5 pm. Tickets are $20 plus tax. Check out our adventure.

July, 2022 – Woofa Roo Pet Fest, Essex County (No event scheduled for 2021)

Promoted as Essex County’s only pet and family-friendly festival, Woofa Roo Pet Fest is down days of Dock Diving, Flex Ball, dog agility, pony rides, vendors and more. A silent auction supports local rescue organizations. Admission is only $5. The Libro Complex, 3295 Meloche Road, Amberstburg, Ontario.

July, 2021 – PAWS-itively Elgin – Aylmer (Tentatively planned for 2021)
beautiful black terrier dog with stuffed pink bone dog toy

Pawsitively Elgin is a dog-friendly event in support of local rescues sponsored by JettaJacks Brand Corp. Come out and enjoy Ontario Dock Dogs, Run Spot Run, Agility demos, dog trainers and more. As usual, tons of vendors promised. 8079 Springwater Conservation Area, 47719 Conservation Line, Aylmer. 9 am to 4 pm. $12 per car load or $5 per walk in.

July – Thousand Islands Bark Bash, Gananoque, Ontario (No event scheduled for 2021)

The annual Thousand Islands Bark Bash celebrates all things dogs. Meet rescue groups, vendors, dog demonstrations and displays. Admission free. 10 am to 4 pm. Gananoque Town Park, 30 King Street E., Gananoque, Ontario.

July – Meaford Pet Expo,  Meaford (CANCELLED 2020 – no event scheduled for 2021)
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Enjoy the 3rd annual Meaford Pet Expo with more than 25 vendors, samples and give-aways, pet adoptions, nail trims, pet play zone and training advice. Canadian Pet Connections, 278 Cook Street #8, Meaford, Ontario. 10 am to 4 pm. Dog-friendly.

August – Tails of the Mountain Festival, Grey Highlands (CANCELLED 2020No event scheduled for 2021)

First annual Tails of the Mountain Pet Festival featuring pet related vendors and animal rescue groups – all on a The Farmer’s House, a scenic 100-acre property in the Grey Highlands area. Well behaved dogs are welcome. 10 am to 5 pm. 726325 Sideroad 22B, Grey Highlands, Ontario.

August 28, 2021 – Party 4 Paws, Toronto, Ontario

Party 4 Paws pet fair and adoption day organized by Guardian’s Best Friends Rescue Foundation will bring several dog and cat rescue organizations together, along with select vendors to help raise money for rescue organizations and find animals their forever homes. Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, noon to 6 pm. Rain date is August 29, 2021.

dog at Dog Bowl 2019 Frankenmuth, Michigan
August – Wienerfest, Woodstock, Ontario (Online for 2020 – no scheduled event for 2021)

Wienerfest Home County Festival in Woodstock, Ontario celebrates all things dog and dachshund in the form of a fundraiser for local shelters. According to the website, Wienerfest Home County Festival is Canada’s largest breed specific event, focused on Dachshunds.

It’s a free family and dog-friendly event, that provide funding for pet rescue and raises awareness for the plight of abandoned and abused animals in Canada. Many fun events, such as the ever popular Dachshund Races, as well as costume contests, and professional photo opportunities with the “wienermobile.” All breeds of dogs welcome at the Pittock Conservation Area, Woodstock, Ontario.

August, 2021 – Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival, Kingston (Cancelled in 2020 – tentatively scheduled for 2021)

Three days of sheep dog events, trials and competitions herding sheep along with other doggie attractions including Canadian Canine Lure Course, zoo-like animal encounters at “Zoo to You,” Rideau River Dock Dogs, agility, K-9 demos and crafts and vendors. $15 or $10 for tickets online. Grass Creek Park, 2993 Highway 2 East, Kingston. Check out our 2018 experience here!

August 21, 2021 – London Pawlooza, London

Honouring International Homeless Animal Day and a fundraiser for a local animal shelter. Held annually at The Plunkett Estate, 9282 Elviage Drive, London, Ontario. Take your dog dock diving, go swimming in the Pawlooza pond, test your dog’s agility, run the lure course, go off-leash in the FunZone, play frisbee in our toss+catch zone, get trick advice, get obedience advice, watch agility demonstrations, visit our VIP lounge… shop from 175 vendors, Pets welcome. $10 per car and parking on site. (Check out our 2018 experience here)

August 7, 2021 – Hugs for Hounds, Elora, Ontario

Want to see your Greyhound Run? This fundraiser for Dog Rescue takes place inside a race track and Greyhound owners can resister their dogs for a fun run or enter any other breed for additional races organized by size. Otherwise, enjoy the festival and barbeque – advanced tickets are recommended. Pets are welcome but no retractable leashes. A silent auction and live art auction are also planned. Grand River Raceway Annex, 7445 Wellington County Road 21, Elora.

ONLINE until September 13, 2021 – Wiggle Waggle Walk, Hamilton

The annual Wiggle Waggle Walk fundraiser for the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA takes place from 10 am to 2 pm along Hamilton’s Bayfront Park. Always fun and plenty of participants with a dog obstacle course, police service dog demonstration, dog tattoos (temporary of course), a doggie kissing booth, dog obedience class, vendor market, food trucks, silent auction, bouncy castle,. Check out our previous year’s fun here.

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September – Petapolooza, Pickering (CANCELLED IN 2020 – No event scheduled for 2021)

The 9th annual Petapolooza is hosted by the City of Pickering to raise funds to build a permanent animal shelter in the city. The day includes WoofJock and agility demonstrations, 40 vendors and rescue groups present and food trucks. Head to the Alex Roberston Park, 700 Sandy Beach Road, Pickering. 11 am to 4 pm. Dogs welcome. Admission $5 per person.

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September – Canadian Fall Pet Expo,  Mississauga (CANCELLED IN 2020 – No event scheduled for 2021)

Another Canadian Fall Pet Festival added to the growing list of pet expos happening in Toronto. Join a conference centre full of vendors, rescue organizations and demonstrations. 9 am to 6 pm. International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga. Check out our previous experience at the festival here.

September – Woofstock, Toronto CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Canada’s best known dog festival, Woofstock, is celebrating * years, this time at Woodbine Park in Toronto’s trendy beaches. Admission is free and dogs are of course welcome. Join tens of thousands of other pet lovers for this two-day event of vendors, demonstrations, fashion show and fun. Toronto, Woodbine Park, Admission is $10.

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October – Ottawa Pet Expo, Ottawa (CANCELLED until further notice)

Otawa’s largest pet-friendly event is the Ottawa Pet Expo with over 200 exhibitors representing all types of pets. TICA cat show, fly ball competitions and expert vets and breeders onsite. EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa. Admission is $15 per adult (savings online) and parking is $8.

November – Toronto Christmas Pet Show,  Mississauga (Cancelled 2020 – No scheduled date for 2021)

Another Canadian Fall Pet Festival added to the growing list of pet expos happening in Toronto. Join a conference centre full of vendors, rescue organizations and demonstrations. Saturday, 9 am to 6pm; Sunday 9 am to  5pm. International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga. Check out our previous experience at the festival here.


January 25 and 26, 2020 – PetExpo, Edmonton (Event Postponed – no 2022 date yet)

One of the city’s largest pet expos filled with vendors, breeders, rescue organizations and stage demonstrations. Pet Expo Edmonton is pet focused; however, not pet friendly so leave Fido at home. Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Edmonton Expo Centre. Admission $15.

May – Calgary Pet Expo, Calgary (no 2021 or 2022 date yet)

This is the weekend of the annual Calgary Pet Expo celebrating all things pets with plenty of vendors, demonstrations and shows. People but no pets allowed. Spruce Meadows Equiplex, Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. free parking.

August 28, 2021 – Muttstock, Edmonton

The third annual Muttstock is billed as a dog and music festival – there’s a BBQ, face painting, training demonstrations, animal rescues, waterpark and vendors. 11 am to 6 pm. Elmwood Park, 12505 75 St., Edmonton.

July 24 & 25, 2021 – PetaPalooza West Tour 2021, Calgary

First stop of the annual PetaPalooza West Tour is Calgary, specifically Eau Claire. Vendors, charity and rescue booths represented along with the popular 20 foot running of the Bulldogs – both French and British. Eau Claire., Calgary. 10 am to 4 pm.

July 26, 2020 – Winky Day, Fort McMurray, AB

The 4th Annual Winky Day, a fundraiser for Fort McMurray SPCA, is still scheduled following social distancing protocols. People and pups can participate in doga, nail trims, memorial rides, sidecar rides and peanut butter eating contest. 10 am to 4 pm. 155 Macapline Cres., Fort McMurray, AB.


March – Vancouver Pet Lover Show, Abbotsford (Cancelled in 2020 and 2021 – updating dates soon)

Entertainment including SuperDogs, vendors, 200 displays and two days of pet celebrations at the Vancouver Pet Lover Show. TRADEX Centre, 1190 Cornell  Street, Abbotsford. Admission $12. 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

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August 14 and 15, 2021 – PetaPalooza Tour 2021, Victoria

Second stop of the PetaPalooza West Tour is Victoria, specifically Bullen Park. Vendors, charity and rescue booths represented along with agility demos and Aqua dogs. Bullen Park, 1140 Lyall St., Esquimalt. Pet-friendly. Free admission. 10 am to 4 pm.

May – Vancouver Island Pet Expo, Victoria (Online event for 2020 – no scheduled date for 2021)

The Vancouver Island Pet Expo happens annual at Pearkes Recreation Centre, Victoria, B.C. No pets allowed.

June 6 and August 29 and September 12, 2021 – PetaPalooza West, Vancouver

Final Canadian stop of the PetaPalooza West Tour is Vancouver, specifically Yaletown. Vendors, charity and rescue booths represented along with the popular 20 foot running of the Bulldogs – both French and British. 1100 Mainland Street, Vancouver. Free admission. Pet-friendly. 11 am to 4


June – Newfoundland Labrador Pet Expo, Mount Pearl (no date scheduled for 2021)

At this east-coast pet expo you can bring leashed dogs to The Glacier Arena, 45 Olympic Drive, Mount Pearl, NFL.


June, 2021 – Atlantic Canada Doggie Expo, Dartmouth [No date in June for 2021 yet]

Bring your dogs to the 15th Annual Doggie Expo. The Expo will showcase the largest display of canine vendors in Atlantic Canada, dog rescue organizations, pet photography, and dog apparel suppliers. 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $5 for adults. Dartmouth 4 Pad, 261 Commodore Drive, Dartmouth.


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June, 2021 – Manitoba Pet Expo, Winnipeg [CANCELLED in 2020 – no date yet for 2021]

What started as a grassroots effort by the non-profit Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba, the Manitoba Pet Expo has grown into a large annual province-focused pet expo and trade show featuring business vendors and many local rescues. Admission is $3 per person. St. Norbert Community Centre, 3450 Pembina Hwy., Winnipeg. 10 am to 3 pm.

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