Welcome to our 2023/24 list of dog and pet events and festivals coming up in the GTA, Ontario and other parts of Canada. Want to know where to take your dog this weekend! Bookmark this page – The dogtrotting.net guide is updated regularly, so if you have any you want added to share with readers, please let us know via email or in the comments section of dogtrotting.net.
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February *, 2024 – Mississauga Steelheads Pucks N’ Pups, Mississauga, Ontario
Love hockey? We love taking our dog everywhere and why not to a hockey game? Join the Ontario Hockey League Mississauga Steelheads on Pucks N’ Paws day when they play the * and bring your dog. Special dog product/services vendors present including Ren’s Pets. Tickets available in specific sections only – select ‘Pucks ‘n Paws’ when you purchase tickets. $25 each including fees. Game starts at 4 pm at Paramount Fine Foods Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga, Ontario.
February *, 2024 – Valentines Day Photoshoot, Hamilton, Ontario
Get your dog’s Valentines Day Photos done by BowWowWow Photography. $30 for three high res images. Two backgrounds to choose from. 11 am to 6 pm. Call or text for a 15-minute time slot. 905-512-3720. Bring Your Dog Cafe, 9 Richwill, Hamilton, Ontario.
February *, 2024 – Valentines Day for the Dogs, Guelph, Ontario
Enjoy a fun-filled day including cupcakes, kissing booth, merchandise, and photoshoot with Laura Wombell. Direct message for a photoshoot time slot. Royal City Brewing Co., 199 Victoria Road S., Guelph, Ontario.
February *, 2024 – Pups for Paws, Markham, Ontario
Pups for Paws is a fun day for dogs and their people with photo booth, indoor dog run, and vendors. Entrance is $10 for one dog and one person. Benefits Save Our Scruff dog rescue. Valley Gardens, 8636 Reeser Road, Markham, Ontario. 12 to 4 pm.
April *, 2024 – Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Kichener, Guelph, and London, Windsor, and Hamilton, Ontario
The annual canine Easter Egg Hunt is back again and held on Good Friday in five cities across Ontario (along with Calgary, Alberta). This is an annual fundraising event for National Service Dogs (NSD) – thousands of plastic eggs containing prizes and dog treats are scattered in fields for pups and their people to find. Advanced registration is $25, or $30 at the door. Registration starts at 10 and the hunt begins at 11 am. Locations: Knollwood Park, Kitchener; Centennial Park, Guelph; Plunkett Estates, London; Joe Sam’s Leisure Park, Hamilton; and Malden Park, Windsor.
March 29, 30, 31, 2024 – Spring Canadian Pet Expo, Mississauga, Ontario
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, Dog Lovers Days Lure Courses, Aqua Dogs Dock Diving and Canine Stars Stunt Dog performances. For advice on how to navigate the show For advice on how to navigate the show, visit my review here. Tickets start at $20. Check out previous coverage on dogtrotting.net. International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga.
April *, 2024 – Woofs and Wine, Toronto, Ontario
Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting with your dog at Sips Toronto , snacks, and of course wine. At 2 pm, your dog will meet with other puppies. Then enjoy snacks and taste four different wines from Argentina. Presented by Toronto Dog Moms, 20 Maud Street, Toronto. $115 per ticket.
April 21, 2024 – Westies in Need Indoor Pawty Play Day, Mono (Orangeville), Ontario
Westies in Need Rescue invites you to the Westie Indoor Play Day! This is the Indoor Pawty Play Day 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 Wannabes at the Orangeville Fairgrounds, 247090 Side R 5, Mono, Ontario. 1:30 to 4 pm. Admission is $10.
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April *, 2024 – Jack Russell Terrier Club of Canada Fun Day, Ashburn, Ontario
Open to all dogs, the Jack Russell Terrier Club of Canada’s fun day promises ‘everyday we’re russelling.’ This day particularly includes activities Jacks or any active dogs will love: ball retrieval, barn ratting, brush hunting, show ring grooming, lure courses, and rally-obedience. Fundraising raffle table and food trucks on site. $30 per dog ($15 for every extra dog) for all-day participation. 740 Brawley Road West, Asburn (Whitby), Ontario.
May 1, 2024 (and every weekend until Sept. 1, 2024) – Dog Days of Summer, Clear Creek (Norfolk County), Ontario
Hounds of Erie Winery, a popular Norfolk County stop for dog people, is reviving the Dog Days of Summer breed meet-up events throughout the summer. Each Sunday, the cider and winery producer hosts a different breed (and mix) event among the vines beginning with a breed-specific meetup May 1, but everyone and every dog is welcome at all meet-ups, however, preregistration (free) is required. 10 am to 6 pm. Hounds of Erie Winery, 377 7th Concession Rd., Clear Creek, Ontario.
May *, 2024 – Truckin’ Tuesdays Pet Night, Cambridge, Ontario
The annual summer Truckin’ Tuesdays food truck event at St. Lukes United Church parking lot kicks off the season with a special Pet Night in partnership with Miss Dixie’s Foundation. Bring your dog to this food truck event featuring El Milagro Food Truck, Fo’ Cheezy Food, SWAT, and the Funnel Cloud. Plus, there are free samples from Boreal Pet Food and doggy snow cones available. 4:40 to 8 pm. Admission Free. St. Lukes United Church, 1624 Franklin Blvd., Cambridge, Ontario.
May *, 2024 – Petapolooza, Pickering, Ontario
A festival that brings together pet enthusiasts, local vendors, trainers and rescues. Entertainment by Super Dogs and give-aways. The event is a fundraiser to help build a permanent animal shelter in the area. 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $5. Esplanade Park, 1 The Esplanade, Pickering, Ontario.
May *, 2024 – Catch-a-Treat Fundraiser, Cornwall, Ontario
Need an interesting photo of your dog? I mean another interesting photo of your dog? Here’s you chance to get an image of your dog catching a treat in mid-air. Unleash Pet Photography is bringing their mobile pet photography studio to PetSmart in Cornwall. For $57 ($10 going to the OSPCA) per session for a digital image. 9 am to 6 pm. Tickets here. PetSmart, 424 Ninth Street West, Cornwall, Ontario.
May to October, 2024 – Picks and Pingle’s Summer Festival, Hampton, Ontario
Although not specifically a pet event, the outdoor Picks and Pingle’s Summer Festival is dog friendly (except for the corn fields and apple orchards)! Pick your own corn, wildflowers, and apples depending on season. Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome for $5 extra. 9 am to 4 pm each day – Tuesday to Sunday. Admission is $7 per person weekdays, $10 weekends and an extra $5 for dogs. Pringle’s Farm Market, 1805 Taunton Rd, Hampton, Ontario.
May *, 2024 – Paws on the Trail, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Join other dogs along the 4 km trail for a fundraiser in support of the Upper Canada Heritage Trail. Canine fun is promised along with a dog communicator, photographer, and kissing booth. First 25 ticket holders will receive a gift bag. Up to 2 leashed dogs per ticket. Tickets are $50. Memorial Park Veterans’ Way Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. 9 am to noon.
May *, 2024 – Toronto Pet Value Walk for Guide Dogs, Toronto, Ontario
One of two fundraising events this weekend for guide dogs – this is a walk-a-thon style fundraising event for Lions Foundation of Canada Guide Dogs. Registration starts at 5:30 pm and the walk starts at 6:30 pm. High Park, (Bloor Street Entrance), Toronto, Ontario.
May *, 2024 – Pet Palooza, Brantford, Ontario
Pet Palooza in a fundraising festival for the Brant County SPCA. Fun includes pet and food vendors, bouncy castles, dog lure course, woof jocks canine all stars, and reptile show. Admission is $10. The Brantford Civic Centre, 79 Market Street South, Brantford. 10 am to 5 pm.
May *, 2024 – Mission Pawsible Walk – Oakville, Ontario
All Paws on Deck for Mission Pawsible, a 1 km walk around Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville – a park with two leash-free dog zones! The dog walking event is part of a larger race for people (without dogs) and a fundraiser for the Oakville & Milton Human Society. But the dog walk starts at 10:30 am sharp. Pre-registration is required. Participation is by donation starting at $25. 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville, Ontario.
May *, 2024 – Oakville Pet Value Walk for Guide Dogs, Oakville, Ontario
Collect pledges, make a donation, and register – this is a walk-a-thon style fundraising event for Lions Foundation of Canada Guide Dogs. Registration starts at 10 am and the walk starts at 11 am. Canada Guide Dogs Training Centre, 152 Wilson Street, Oakville, Ontario.
June 1, 2024 – Unleash Pet Fest, Cornwall, Ontario
Unleash Pet Fest is Cornwall’s first pet festival and promises to be a fun day for the whole family. The fundraising event for five local pet rescues begins with a pet parade ending at the Pet Market with more than 40 local pet supply vendors, an obstacle course, a kissing booth, and an animal show. The event will take place in an empty parking lot at the corner of Pitt and First Street near Cornwall Square, Cornwall, Ontario. 11 am to 5 pm. Free admission.
June 3 & 4 , 2023 – Woof-a-Palooza, Vaughn, Ontario
Bring your dog to this in-person outdoor pet fun event – Woof-a-Palooza is full of pet exhibitors and vendors, lure course, off-leash play zone, and even a ‘lazy lawn’ fun zone. Assembly Park, 80 Interchange Way, Vaughn. Admission is $10. Free Parking. Dog friendly. 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday.
June *, 2024 – Pack and Field Day, Kitchener, Ontario
Remember track and field days? The Dog Friendly KW team is organizing the Pack and Field Day along with The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo Stratford Perth where your pup can try a lure course, agility, and scavenger hunt and you can shop vendors. Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society, 250 Riverbend Drive, Kitchener, 11 am to 5 pm.
June *, 2024 – Homeward Bound Canine Carnival, Bowmanville, Ontario
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. K9 Central, 2836 Holt Road, Bowmanville, Ontario. 10 am to 4 pm. www.homewardboundrescue.ca
June *, 2024 – Bark in the Park, London, Ontario
The 35th 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.
June 1, 2023 – Pet Lovers’ Market, Ancaster, Ontario
The semi-annual Pet Lovers’ Market features handcrafted items, art and homemade pet treats is on at the Ancaster Fairgrounds in 2021. Available are accessories, treats and healthcare products. Bring your dog and try the DogLoversDays Lure Course. Admission is $5 per person at the door. Cash only. 10 am to 5 pm. Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Rd., S., Jerseyville, Ontario. Free parking.
June *, 2024 – DOG FESTIVAL, Sarnia, Ontario
Hosted by The Fox and Hound Canine Retreat and sponsored by Coldwell Banker Southwest Realty, this pet festival is a benefit for the Sarnia & District Humane Society and CB Homes for Dogs Project. Enjoy dock diving, vendors, food and more. Dogs available for adoption. 10 am to 4 pm . Tickets are $10. 2437 Michigan Line, Sarnia, Ontario.
June 8, 2024 – Arbour Dog Races, Port Dover, Ontario
First annual Arbor Dog Races sponsored by The Arbor and the Port Dover Harbour Museum. Sign up via email (email@example.com) to participate in the races for $5 per dog or the costume contest for $2 per dog. Races include a dachshund race and a Heinz 57 race. 11 am to 2:30 pm. Arrive at 11 am to participate in the parade down the pier. Riverfront Park, Port Dover, Ontario.
June *, 2024 – Wienerfest Home County Festival, Woodstock, Ontario
All breeds and kinds of dogs are welcome at the Wienderfest Home County Festival but the star is dachshunds – wiener dog races, events and even a weinermobile sighting are promised. Many local vendors will be in attendance too. Proceeds go to local rescues and Dachshunds in Need. Well-mannered leashed dogs (no flexi-leashes) only please. 9:30 am to 4 pm. Admission is free. Woodstock Fair Grounds, 875 Nellis St, Woodstock, Ontario
June 22 & 23, 2024 – The Muddy Paws Wine Trail, Niagara Region, Ontario
For those who remember the Muddy Paws events of the past, guess what? They just got bigger! Now four wineries have joined forces to create the best weekend canine wine event in the region. Visit Sue Ann Staff Winery, Westcott Vineyards, Featherstone and Vineland Estates June 24 to 25 to experience dog-friendly activities, wine, and live music at each winery. Noon to 5 pm, throughout the Niagara Region, Ontario. For tickets visit Muddy Paws Wine Trail.
June 22, 2024 – Annual Ruff Mudder, Collingwood, Ontario
The 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. It’s not a race but an experience. Pre-registration is required. $60 per person for Mudder, 4 for $120 and a pack of 10 is $500. Par 6725 Hwy 26, Stayner, Ontario.
June *, 2024 – Woofa Roo Pet Fest, Essex County, Ontario
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.
June *, 2024- Ottawa Pet Expo, Ottawa, Ontario
Ottawa’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.
July *, 2024 – Dogtona 500, Norfolk County, Ontario
Hounds of Erie Winery is again hosting this annual event for dog lovers and those who love their Top Dog hard cider. (If you don’t yet, you will). This is a dog-friendly festival among the winery vines with vendors, food trucks, dog races, and of course wine and cider tastings. $10 admission. Check our our previous fun here. 377 7th Concession Rd Enr, Clear Creek, Ontario. 11 am to 5 pm.
July *, 2024 – Muskoka Pet Fest, Huntsville, Ontario
The Muskoka Pet Fest is a summertime pet festival with more than 40 vendors, music and food, an agility course, doggie daycare, and petting zoo. Admission is $10 and supports local rescues. Huntsville Fairgrounds, 407 Ravenscliff Road, Huntsville. 10 am to 5 pm. Dogs welcome.
July 20, 2024 – PAWS-itively Elgin Pupper Festival, Aylmer, Ontario
Pawsitively Elgin Pupper Festival is a dog-friendly event in support of local rescues sponsored by Pawsitively Elgin and Event Partner Elgin Feeds Country Store. Come out and enjoy Dock Dogs, Lure Course, Agility Details Dog Training, Aylmer Disc Dogs, the Flying Furballs and more. As usual, tons of vendors promised exhibitors including animal rescues, food, nonprofits plus our Kid Entrepreneurs. 8079 Springwater Conservation Area, 47719 Conservation Line, Aylmer. 9 am to 4 pm. $12 per car load or $5 per walk-in. We’ve been there! Check it out.
July *, 2024 – Meaford Pet Expo, Meaford, Ontario
Enjoy the 3rd annual Meaford Pet Expo with more than 25 vendors, samples and giveaways, pet adoptions, nail trims, pet play zone and training advice. Canadian Pet Connections, 278 Cook Street #8, Meaford, Ontario. 10 am to 3 pm. Dog-friendly.
July *, 2024 – 1000 Islands Bark Bash, Gananoque, Ontario
The annual 1000 Islands Bark Bash celebrates all things dogs. Meet rescue groups, vendors, dog demonstrations and displays. Admission free. 10 am to 3 pm. Gananoque Town Park, 30 King Street E., Gananoque, Ontario. 1000 Islands is a great place to take the dog for the weekend too – check out our experience. See info on FB here.
July 27 and 28, 2024 – Pet Fest, Dorchester, Ontario
Dorchester Pet Fest is an annual pet festival (last weekend every July) celebrating all things pet now two days long! pets in carriers and dogs on-leash are permitted to attend. This festival features local vendors, food, rescues, demonstrations, free lure course, craft beer and spirits and a kids’ zone. Dorchester Fair Grounds, 4939 Hamilton Road, Dorchester, Ontario. 10 am to 5 pm. $10 per person ($5 kids under 16, free for those under 2).
August 9 to 11, 2024 – Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival, Kingston, Ontario
Three days of sheepdog events, trials, and competitions herding sheep. The festival part is resuming in 2023 and will look like this again: 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. www.kingstonsheepdogtrials.com Grass Creek Park, 2993 Highway 2 East, Kingston. Check out our 2018 experience here!
August 17, 2024 – Hugs for Hounds, Cambridge, Ontario
Hugs for Hounds is a fundraiser for several Canadian Sighthound groups. Meet several types of sighthounds here, including Greyhounds, Whippets, and Saluki. Festivities include on-site vendors, BBQ, agility demos, and silent auction. Non-aggressive leashed leashed dogs welcome. No retractable leashes. Preregistration is $5 for the event and $35 for the dinner.. Waterloo Regional Police Association and Recreation Centre, 1128 Rife Road, Cambridge, Ontario. 10 am to 5 pm.
** 2024 – Tails of the Mountain Festival, Grey Highlands, Ontario
Second annual Tails of the Mountain Pet Festival featuring pet-related vendors and animal rescue groups – all on 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 $20 per car. www.tailsofthemountain.ca
August *, 2024 – Top Dog Wine & Wags Festival, Clear Creek, Ontario
Top Dog Wine & Wags Festival is in its 5th year at Hounds of Erie Winery. Free entry to the event includes local vendors, food truck, cider and wine tastings available, and fenced, off-leashed dog area. For $30 pre-registration you get a photo shoot in the vineyard, 2 tasting tickets, and additional activities. 377 7th Concession Road, ENR, Clear Creek, Ontario.
August *, 2024 – Paws in the Park, Toronto, Ontario
Paws in the Park is the largest annual fundraiser for the Toronto Humane Society – the focus of the day is the puppy parade in the morning. There are a few vendors but the point is the walk-a-thon fundraiser. Pre-registration required. 1695 Queen Street E., Woodbine Park, Toronto, Ontario.
August *, 2024 – Pawcasso’s Studio Pup Event, Hamilton, Ontario
This isn’t a festival, but a unique fundraiser dog event. Pawcasso’s Studio is a pop-up event. Select a pre-painted canvas and have your dog’s paw prints incorporated into the painting. Each painting costs a set fee and is a fundraiser for The Bello Project which takes care of the pets of people with terminal illnesses. 10 am to 3 pm. Confederation Park, 680 Waterfront Trail, Hamilton, Ontario.
August *, 2024 – Pawpawlooza, Hampton, Ontario
Pawpawlooza is a dog-friendly event with vendors and raffles at Furry Friends Pet Resort, 5455 Langmaid Rd, Hampton, Ontario. 10 am to 2 pm. Admission free. A benefit for the Clarington Animal Shelter.
August 17, 2024 – London Pawlooza, London, Ontario
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, www.pawlooza.com. Pets welcome. $10 per car and parking on site. (Check out our 2018 experience here)
August *, 2024 – Annual Sunflowers in Bloom Market, Whitby, Ontario
Not exclusively a pet festival, but it is dog-friendly (on a leash): the 2nd Annual Sunflowers in Bloom Market & Singing Competition (for people, not dogs I assume). Local vendors, food, photo booth, and fresh-cut flowers. Likely, a good opportunity to get good pics with your dog in the flowers. Ashburn View Property, 7632 Ashburn Road, Whitby, Ontario. 11 am to 4 pm both days.
August *, 2024 – Paws in the Park, Stratford, Ontario
Paws in the Park is an annual fundraiser for the Stratford Perth Humane Society. A full day of fun including vendors, kids activities, a food truck and talent show. Admission is free but it’s $25 to enter the talent show. Stratford Centre, 125 Griffith Rd., Stratford, Ontario. 10 am to 5 pm.
August *, 2024 – Pups and Pours, Lincoln, Ontario
A fundraiser for Ladybird Animal Sanctuary, Pups and Pours is an afternoon of gin cocktails, live jazz, craft vendors, pet supply vendors, and cute dogs. Dogs are welcome on leash. Dillon’s Distillery, 4833 Tufford Road, Lincoln, Ontario. Noon to 5 pm.
August *, 2024 – Chatham-Kent Animal Rescue & Doggy Dip, Chatham, Ontario
During the final weekend of the season, the Chatham-Kent pool and splash pad is open for dog fun. Tennis balls provided. 12 to 3 pm. Orville Wright Community Poll, 164 King Street E., Chatham-Kent, Ontario. $10 per dog for a half hour. $25 for unlimited access.
August *, 2024 – Barks & Brews, Etobicoke, Ontario
Local marketplace, food vendors, dog obstacle course and more including a meet and greet of adoptable dogs from Fetch& Releash dog rescue. Great Lakes Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd., Etobicoke, Ontario. Noon to 4 pm. Dog-friendly event. Free Admission.
August *, 2024 – Animal Angel Rescue Fundraiser, Caledonia, Ontario
Located at the 50-foot dock diving pool at K9 Funzone in Caledonia, the Animal Angel Rescue promises dock diving (for $50 per dog if you pre-book a time slot). Also, agility and dog product vendors. Fundraiser for the rescue. 1 to 6 pm. 5285 Highway #6, Caledonia, Ontario.
September *, 2024 – Bark in the Park TO, Toronto, Ontario
Bark in the Park TO is a four-day event celebrating all things dog (and pet). Huge marketplace of dog product vendors will be on site along with activities you can participate in with your dog: an obstacle course, lure course, doggy play zone, cool-off splash pad, specialized photo ops and best dog trick competition. Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street E., Toronto. Friday to Sunday, noon to 8 pm. Monday noon to 7 pm. Admission is $10. Pet-friendly.
September *, 2024 – Doggie Dip, Oakville, Ontario
If your pup loves water, here’s another option for a doggie swim. The Oakville & Milton Human Society is sponsoring a day in the pool to celebrate the end of the summer season. Participants must prepurchase a time slot and play is limited to 30 minutes per dogy. Small dogs only at noon. $25 per dog. 12 to 4:30 pm. Lions Pool, 159 Felan Ave., Ontario.
September *, 2024 – Pooch Plunge, Burlington, Ontario
Pooch Plunge is a fundraiser for the Burlington Humane Society and gives your pup the opportunity to swim in a public pool with 130 tennis balls and receive a goodie bag from Ren’s Pet Depot. Dogs only in the pool. Participants are asked to register for specific time slots based on dog size. Also registering participants must upload proof of canine vaccinations. $25 per dog and $10 for additional dogs. 1 to 5 pm, Nelson Pool, 4235 New Street, Burlington, Ontario.
September *, 2024 – National Service Dog Fundraiser, Caledonia, Ontario
Once again, the K9 Fun Zone is the site of a fundraiser. Located at the 50-foot dock diving pool at K9 Funzone in Caledonia, the National Service Dog fundraiser event. Agility, leash-free park, and vendors. 1 to 6 pm. 5285 Highway #6, Caledonia, Ontario.
September *,2024 – New ‘bark’et Pet Event, New Market, Ontario
New’barket’ is Newmarket’s family-friendly dog festival. Dog people will enjoy the selection of pet-related vendors, entertainment, activities, and music. Bring your dog for the Pooch Plunge, the dog-only swim at the Peter Gorman Outdoor Pool at $5 per dog – only the pool area is leash-free. 10 am to 4 pm. Lion’s Park, 424 D’Arcy Street, New Market, Ontario.
September *, 2024 – Dash & Splash, Kitchener, Ontario
Dash & Splash is a popular annual fundraiser for the Kitchener Waterloo Human Society. Bring your dog to frolic in this public pool and splash pad. Kiwanis Park Pool, 1000 Kiwanis Park Drive, Kitchener, Ontario. 10 am to 4 pm. $15 per dog. Check out our fun time at Dash and Splash during previous years.
September *, 2024 – Pooches & Pairings, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Stratus Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake is hosting Pooches & Pairings on September 10. Enjoy the afternoon with your dog – walk with your dog through vineyards and enjoy a wine tasting and a pet treat at four different stations. $38 per ticket (dogs free). 12 to 4 pm. 2059 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
September 8(?), 2024 – Wiggle Waggle Walk – Your Way, Hamilton (Stoney Creek), Ontario
The annual Wiggle Waggle Walk fundraiser for the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA takes place in person this year and everyone is invited to register and participate in raising money for the Hamilton Burlington SPCA your way: walk, run, or pull. www.hbspca.com Check out our previous year’s fun here. Note a last-minute venue change: Maplewood Park, 150 Second Road West, Stoney Creek, Ontario. 10 am to 2 pm.
September 14 & 15, 2024 – Fall Canadian Pet Expo, Toronto, Ontario
The Canadian Pet Expo is one of the biggest pet-themed festivals in Canada with more than 300 vendors, demonstrations, lure courses, and agility presentations – along with a purebred dog competition and reptile show. New this year is the aquatic expo section. See previous years here. 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga (Toronto). Admission is $20 in advance. Free parking.
September *, 2024 – Dock Diving Fun Day – Stayner, Ontario
Enjoy a day of dock diving mock competitions and a full day of fun. Introduce both dogs and handlers the chance to try different games – participants will be playing jump, toss, grab, and lure. Also, there’s a special ramp class for those who’ve never tried it before. Only $20 for the day, but preregistration is necessary. Sega Family Farms, 1454 Country Road 42, Stayner, Ontario.
September *, 2024 – Annual Bark in the Park, St. Catharines, Ontario
Bark in the Park is presented by the Art Studio presents the 2nd Annual BARK IN THE PARK. 2023 Dog Puppy Costume Contest Parade Vendor Market in one of the city’s favourite dog parks. 1 to 4 pm. The parade starts at 1 pm. All dogs must be leashed. Carol Disher Leash-Free Dog Park, 69 Catherine Street St. Catharines, Ontario.
September *, 2024 – Downtown Dog Promenade, Guelph, Ontario
The first annual Downtown Dog Promenade in support of the Guelph Humane Society takes place on Sept. 23. Celebrate our canine friends with exhibits, dog scavenger hunt, selfie stations and costumes, and dog health presentations from local vets. Downtown Guelph, 11 am to 2 pm.
September *, 2024 – Mutts on Main, Cambridge, Ontario
Mutts on Main is a festival in Cambridge, Ontario inviting you to bring your dog downtown. The streets will be lined with pet-themed vendors. All dogs on leash. No retractable leashes, toys, or chews. 10 am to 3 pm. Main St, Downtown Galt, Cambridge, Ontario.
September *, 2024 – Wiggle Waggle Walk & Run, Ottawa, Ontario
The Ottawa Humane Society’s Wiggle Waggle Walk & Run annual fundraiser. Now in its 35th year, you can walk or run a 3k route around Lansdowne Park Great Lawn with or without your pup. Or just send a donation. Lansdowne Park, Ottawa. Registration is 8 to 10:30 am. Walk starts at 11 am. Fees range from $25 to $125.
September *, 2024 – Bark-toberfest, Grand Bend, Ontario
Join people and pups at the Pinery Market during Bark-toberfest for craft beer, cider, wine and shopping at local vendors, eating at food trucks, and enjoying music – all with your dog. Vendors 9 am to 4 pm. Licensed serving area open 10 am to 5 pm. Pinery Market, 10163 Lakeshore Road, Grand Bend, Ontario. Admission $2 per person.
September *, 2024 – Pawtember 2023 – Pushlinch, Ontario
Check out this unique doggie Olympic event focused on dog activities such as races, agility, dance competitions and emergency service demonstrations. Register is $35 per person/dog, but you don’t need a dog to attend. Vendors, bake sale, and silent auction on site. Pawtember is a fundraiser for a service dog organization. 11 am to 1 pm. Gilmour Road Veternary Clinic, 4424 Victoria Road S., RR #1, Pushlinch, Ontario.
September *, 2024 – Dog Days in the Pumpkins, Fonthill, Ontario
Howells Farms, a popular agri-tourism site in the Niagara Region, opens its doors to dogs once this fall on September 29 from 5 to 9 pm. Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome. The working farm has animals onsite so consider your dog’s prey drive. Timed entry advanced ticket purchases are necessary. Howells Farm, 2878 Holland Road, Fonthill, Ontario.
October 14, 2023 – Barktoberfest Walk-a-thon, St. Catharines, Ontario
Barktoberfest is one of the most important fundraising events of the year for the Lincoln County Humane Society. Join other dog enthusiasts for this walk-a-thon through Burgoyne Woods. A 1 km or 5 km option is planned. (Also, there’s a great small and big leash-free dog park there). Friendly, leashed dogs welcome on the walk. Raffle, BBQ, and 50/50 draw. 10 am to 3 pm. Walk starts at 11 am. Register online with donations.
October 21, 2023 – Tails and Treats, Oakville, Ontario
Downtown Oakville welcomes dogs of all sizes to ‘trick or treat’ at participating vendors. Enter your pup in the costume contest after checking out the pup-up market. Fundraiser for the Oakville Human Society. 1 pm. 144 Lakeshore Road E., Oakville, Ontario.
October 22, 2023 – Barktoberfest, St. George, Ontario
The second annual Barktoberfest fundraiser for the Brant County SPCA is October 22. Enjoy pints, BBQ, dog photoshoot, live music and two gift basket raffles from Ren’s Pets and Sharpe Farm Supplies. Hosted by Brantview Apples and Howel Road Cider Co., 225 Howel Road, St. George, Ontario. 1 to 4 pm.
October 28, 2023 – Doggie Fest Howl-O-Ween, Markham, Ontario
Doggie Fest Howl-O-Ween is an afternoon of pet Halloween fun – vendors, costume contest, doggie trick-or-treat trail, and photo booths. XinFlix Auditorium, 21 Bentley Street, Markham, Ontario. 3 to 7 p.m
October 28, 2023 – Halloween Pet Costume Contest, Ottawa, Ontario
Halloween Pet Costume Contest and Fundraising Event – bring your costumed pet to the rescue HQ where they’ll take pictures and post them on social media for a contest. First three most popular win prizes. Heathy Pets HQ, 420 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
October 28, 2023 – Bark at the Moon Halloween Market, Hamilton, Ontario
Head out to West Avenue Cider House and enjoy an outdoor Halloween-themed market of pet product vendors and artisans. Enjoy food trucks, wood oven pizza, cider (of course), costume contest and raffle. Dog-friendly on-leash only. Benefits Bark at the Moon Rescue. West Avenue Cider House, 84 Concession 8 East, Hamilton, Ontario. (See last year’s event here).
October 29, 2023 – Halloween Howl, Markham, Ontario
Halloween Howl is a fundraising event for the Markham Dog Alliance. Advanced ticket purchase is necessary. Enjoy a costume contest, vendors, and photobooth at Rouge River Brewing Company, 50 Bullock Drive #8, Markham, Ontario. 12 to 5 p.m.
October 29, 2023 – Humpty’s Howl-O-Ween for Dogs, London, Ontario
Humpty’s Howl-O-Ween for Dogs at Story Book Gardens is all about the pups – for one day, dogs and their families can enjoy this kid-focus park filled with classic nursery rhyme fun. Storybook Lane, London, Ontario, 4 to 8 p.m.
October 29, 2023 – Howl-O-Ween Unleashed, Toronto, Ontario
Howl-O-Ween Unleashed is a costume contest for dogs. Enter the contest, get your dog’s photo taken then enjoy the park at Downsview Park, Toronto, Ontario, 2 to 4 p.m.
October 29, 2023 – HSLM Walk for Animals, London, Ontario
Bring your dog and join the pack for a walk-a-thon fundraiser supporting the Humane Society of London and Middlesex. 1 to 4 pm, Springbank Park, 1085 Commissioner’s Road West, London, Ontario.
October 29, 2023 – Howloween Pooch Party, Kitchener, Ontario
The third annual Howloween Pooch Party allowing dogs to interact, but not on extendable leashes, please. 12 to 5 pm. Gaukel Street, Kitchner, Ontario.
October 30, 2023 – Hollowoof Day at Pingles Farms, Hampton, Ontario
Pingles Farms is hosting its annual Hollowoof Day, one of several VIP days when the farm is open to people and pets. Leashed dogs can enjoy the 6.5-acre corn maze and country air wagon ride. Doggie costumes are encouraged! Advanced timed tickets are required. General admission is $15. 9:30 am to sunset. 1805 Tauton Road East, Hampton, Ontario.
Looking for Holiday Photo Shoots for the Dog? Those events have their own listing here: Holiday Dog Photos in Ontario 2023.
November 11, 2023 – Paw Print Christmas Ornament, Oshawa, Ontario
Everything-Dog: Living Your Best Life with your Dog is hosting a paw print ornament event in the Harmony Valley Dog Park. The event is in partnership with Crock-A-Doodle and for $20 you’ll get to put your dog’s paw print and name on a 3-inch ornament. Register for a spot between 10 am and noon, but you’ll have to live near Oshawa or be willing to come back to the park. All ornaments need to be fired, so November 25 from 10 am to noon is the pick-up time. Harmony Valley Dog Park, 1010 Grandview St N, Oshawa.
November 18 & 19, 2023- Toronto Christmas Pet Show, Mississauga, Ontario
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 6 pm; Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga. Check out our previous experience at the expo here.
November 26 & 27, 2023 – Pawsome Howlidays at Pingle’s Farms, Tauton, Ontario
As part of the farm’s annual tradition, Pingle’s Farm Market is hosting Santa Paws Howl-idays for Dogs On the Sat. and Sun. of the regular week-long Holiday event. Santa Paws ticket will come with a free pup cake and special dog vendors will be on-site. Admission for people is an additional $15. 9:30 am to 6:30 pm (last entry at 3:30 pm). Due to demand, dogs can attend the event on Sat. and Sun. for an extra $10 per dog. Pingle’s Farm, 1805 Taunton Road East, Hampton, Ontario.
November 26, 2023 – Mississauga Steelheads Pucks N’ Pups, Mississauga, Ontario
Join the Ontario Hockey League Mississauga Steelheads on Pucks N’ Paws day when they play the Soo Greyhounds and bring your dog. Benefit for the Toronto Humane Society. Tickets available in specific sections only – select ‘Pucks ‘n Paws’ when you purchase tickets. $25 each including fees. Game starts at 4 pm at Paramount Fine Foods Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga, Ontario.
December 2, 2023 – 2nd Annual Paw-liday Festival presented by Pet Valu, Kitchener, Ontario
Join the crew from Dogfriendly KW and Pet Valu for the second annual Paw-liday Festvial in downtown Kitchener, Ontario. There will be a ‘hyper-local’ pet-themed market and vendors, along with activities such as a kid’s crafting station, trivia and bingo games, vendors and photo op displays. Dogs are welcome but must be on a 6-foot or less, non-retractable leash. Downtown Kitchener, 10 am to 6 pm.
December 2, 2023 – Pet Lovers’ Market, Ancaster, Ontario
The semi-annual Pet Lovers’ Market features handcrafted items, art and homemade pet treats is on at the Ancaster Fairgrounds in 2021. Available are accessories, treats and healthcare products. Bring your dog and try the DogLoversDays Lure Course. Pre-purchased timed tickets are required. Admission is $5 per person, 10 am to 5 pm. Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Rd., S., Jerseyville, Ontario. Free parking.
December 9, 2023 – Pawlidays Holiday Market, Caledonia, Ontario
For the first time, the Pawlidays Holiday Market is coming to the Caledonia Fair Grounds. This pet-themed market features one-of-a-kind gifts, puppuccini, live performers, prizes, and photos of your pet with Santa and Mrs. Clause. Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm. $5 cash admission. Caledonia Fairgrounds, 151 Caithness St E, Caledonia, Ontario.
March 9 and 10, 2024 – PetExpo, Edmonton, Alberta
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.
April 7, 2023 – Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Calgary, Alberta
The annual canine Easter Egg Hunt is back again and held on Good Friday in five cities across Ontario and in Calgary, Alberta. This is an annual fundraising event for National Service Dogs (NSD) – thousands of plastic eggs containing prizes and dog treats are scattered in fields for pups and their people to find. Advanced registration is $25, or $30 at the door. Registration starts at 10 and the hunt begins at 11 am. Calaway Park, 245033 Range Road 33, Calgary, Alberta.
May – Calgary Pet Expo, Calgary, Alberta
This is the weekend of the annual Calgary Pet Expo celebrating all things pets with plenty of vendors, demonstrations and shows. www.calgarypetexpo.com. People but no pets allowed. Spruce Meadows Equiplex, Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. free parking.
July 27 & 28, 2024 – PetaPalooza West Tour – Day of the Dog, Calgary, Alberta
First stop of the annual PetaPalooza West Tour is Calgary, local vendors, charity and rescue booths represented, along with the popular 20-foot running of the Bulldogs – both French and British. www.petapaloozawest.com. Free admission. Pet-friendly. Fort Calgary, 750 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta.
October 28, 2023 – 2023 Dash of Doom Halloween Race, Calgary, Alberta
A fundraising event for the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society, the Dash of Doom is the only Halloween night race that is pet-friendly. Arrive early to enjoy the festival that begins at 2:30 p.m., but the race starts at 4 p.m. Participate in the dog parade at 3 p.m. Registration required. North Glenmore Parking Lot O, North Glenmore Park Road, Calgary, Alberta.
2023 show postponed – Vancouver Pet Lover Show, Vancouver, BC
Entertainment including SuperDogs, vendors, 200 displays and two days of pet celebrations at the Vancouver Pet Lover Show. PNE Coliseum, Vancouver. Admission $12. 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday.
May 4 and 5, 2024 – Vancouver Island Pet Expo, Victoria, B.C.
The Vancouver Island Pet Expo happens annual at Pearkes Recreation Centre, Victoria, B.C. No pets allowed. www.vancourverislandpetexpo.com
August 10, 2024 – PetaPalooza Tour – The Day of the Dog, Victoria, B.C.
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 . www.petapaloozawest.com
August 25, 2024 – PetaPalooza West- The Day of the Dog, Vancouver, B.C.
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. Yaletown, 1100 Mainland Street, Vancouver. Free admission. Pet-friendly. 11 am to 4 pm.www.petapaloozawest.com
July 29, 2023 – Atlantic Canada Doggie Expo, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Bring your dogs to the 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.
June 4, 2023 – Annapolis Pet Expo, Kentville, Nova Scotia
The Annapolis Pet Expo is a pet-friendly family event bring together pet lovers and pet vendors. Adoptable pets, pet portraits, and nail trims (for dogs) available on site. Admission is $5. 10 am to 4 pm. Kentville Centennial Arena, 120 Webster Street, Kentville, Nova Scotia. Check out our adventures in the Annapolis Valley here.
May 13, 2023 – Saint John Pawlooza, Saint John, New Brunswick
St. John Pawlooza is a Pet-friendly event with pet vendors, fun products and entertainment in support of the Ca-R-Ma Saint John and Elderdog Saint John Pawd. 10 am to 4 pm. Kent Theatre, 24 Coburg Street, Saint John, New Brunswick. Leashed dogs welcome. Cash donation. Check out our dog-friendly trip to Saint John here.
October 28, 2023 – Canines on the Creek, Fredericton, NB
The 4th Annual Canines on the Creek: doggy parade and Halloween-themed costume contest is set for the fourth year. Enter your well-behaved leash dog in the costume contest to win prizes. 2 to 5 p.m. Parade starts at 3 p.m. Register your dogs for $25 – fundraiser for Leader Dogs for the Blind.
June 11, 2023 – Manitoba Pet Expo, Winnipeg, Manitoba
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.
June 3, 2023 – Saskatchewan Pet Expo, Saskatoon
More than 100 vendors this year, making this the largest Saskatchewan Pet Expo ever. Food, entertainment and animals available for adoption. Free admission. 10 am to 5 pm. Diefenbaker Park, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
October 14 & 15, 2023 – Saskatchewan – Alberta Pet Expo, Lloydwestminster, SK
The SK Pet Expo is a two-day event featuring up to 50 Saskatchewan pet vendors and services. 12 to 6 pm. 6521 49th Ave., Lloydwestminster, SK.