Dog Events 2023 CANADA

Welcome to our 2023 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.

Note that dogtrotting.net is not affiliated with nor organizing any of these event. The following is a researched guide to events organized by various companies and organizations across the country.

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

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

Looking for Dog Friendly Events and Pet Festivals in the USA? Check out the dogtrotting.net Guide to Pet Events in the USA here to help you plan your dog-friendly travel.

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February 11, 2023 – 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 February 11 when they play the Sudbury Wolves 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 4pm at Paramount Fine Foods Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga, Ontario.

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April 7, 8 & 9, 2023 – 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 16, 2023 – Indoor Rescue Walk and Fun Day, Mississauga, Ontario

Westies in Need Rescue invites you to the Westie Indoor Play Day! This is 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 Wannabes at the Mississauga Valley Park, 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd., Mississauga, Ontario.

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April 17, 2023 – Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs in Oakville, Brampton, Calgary (Alberta), Guelph, Kitchener, London, St.Catharines and Windsor, Ontario

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. www.nsd.on.ca

Ontario May to August

May 1, 2023 (and every weekend until Sept. 1, 2023) – 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 6 to 7, 2023 – KW Pet Expo, Kitchener, Ontario

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. www.kwpetexpo.com Check out what we bought at the first KW expo.

May to October, 2023 – 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, wild flowers, 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 *, 2023 – Party 4 Paws Pet Fair, Toronto, Ontario (Rain date: May *, 2023)

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Bring your dog to the outdoor Party 4 Paws Pet Fair benefiting animal rescues. Shop from many local vendors for pet related products, meet celebrity pets, and maybe adopt a cat or dog. Noon to 6 pm. Free admission. Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen Street W., Toronto.

May *, 2023 – Dog Day Bash 2022, Hamilton, Ontario

Grain & Grit small batch beer brewery in Hamilton hosts a series of events including their annual Dog Day Bash when the parking fills with pet-focused vendors, dogs and their people, and of course glasses of beer. Enjoy a brew with your pup. Benefit for Ladybird Sanctuary. Noon to 6pm. 11 Ewen Road, Hamilton, Ontario.

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June 10, 2023 – Homeward Bound Canine Carnival, Bowmanville, Ontario

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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 , * 2023 – Rescue Ruckus Dog Event, Colborne, Ontario

Rescue Ruckus Dog Event offers your dog a chance to try a number of dog sports or activities for one price that benefits a local rescue, specifically a rescue dog needing surgery. The event includes small dog racing, muskrat racing, a lure course in the morning, brush hunt, go-to-ground, small dog vision question in the afternoon, and a potluck lunch and raffle table. $20 for – play-all-day pass for one dog, or $5 event entry free. 9 am to 5 pm.

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June *, 2023 – Spring into Summer Pooch Party, Kitchener, Ontario

Dog Friendly KW is hosting a Spring into Summer Pooch Party street festival along Gaukel Street in Kitchener. Vendors, including food vendors, open at noon. There will be live music, photo scavenger hunt, 45 walk/parade downtown, and a late afternoon pack walk through Victoria Park. 12 to 5pm. Free admission.

June 17, 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 *, 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. Woodbridge Fairgrounds, 100 Porter Ave., Vaughn. Admission is $10. Free Parking. Dog friendly. 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday.

June *, 2023 – 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 *, 2023 – 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 Tiny Paws Dog Rescue and Dachshunds in Need. Well-mannered leashed dogs (no flexi-leashes) only please. 9:30 am to 4 pm. Admission is free. Pittock Concervation Area, 221 Pittock Park Rd., Woodstock, ON

June 24 to 25, 2023 – 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.

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June 24 and 25, 2023 – 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.

July *, 2023 – Muskoka Pet Fest – Huntsville, Ontario

The Muskoka Pet Fest is a summertime pet festival with more than 40 vendors, music and food, 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 *, 2023- Big Country Fair – Smithville, Ontario

Big Country Raw pet food company is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an afternoon festival featuring new Big Country Raw products (of course), food for pets and people, a lure course, and book signing by Rodney Habib author of “The Forever Dog.” 6159 Spring Creek Rd, Smithville, Ontario. Limited parking. Free. 10 am to 2 pm.

July *, 2023 – Christmas in July, Peterborough, Ontario

Christmas in July festival is hosted by K9 in Motion Wellness with 75 vendors, dog nail trims, and photos with Santa and intended to raise money for guide dogs. Lions Community Centre, 347 Burnham St., Peterborough, Ontario. 10 am to 4 pm.

July 22, 2023 – PAWS-itively Elgin Pupper Festival – Aylmer, Ontario

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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 *, 2023- 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 4 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.

July 29, 2023 – Pet Fest, Dorchester, Ontario

Pet Fest is an annual pet festival (last weekend every July) celebrating all things pet; 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 4 pm. $10 per carload and $2 for walk ins.

Summer 2023 – 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 4 pm. Dog-friendly.

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August 11 to 13, 2023 – Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival, Kingston, Ontario

Three days of sheep dog events, trials and competitions herding sheep ONLY in 2021. The festival is expected to resume 2022 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 *, 2023- 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 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 $20 per car. www.tailsofthemountain.ca

August 12, 2023 – Hugs for Hounds, North Dumfries, Ontario

Check out the event and meet many sighthounds including greyhounds, whippets, and saluki. Other non-aggressive leashed dogs welcome during Hugs for Hounds in Elora. Enjoy the festival and barbeque at 6pm – advanced tickets are recommended and receive a swag bag. A silent auction and live art auction are also planned. Waterloo Regional Police Association, 1128 Rife Road, North Dumfries, Ontario.

August *, 2023 – Paws in the Park, Stratford, Ontario

Paws in the Park is a annual fundraiser for the Kitchener/Waterloo Human Society taking place at the Stratford, Ontario dog park – one of our favourite so far (check out our dog-friendly Stratford experience). Outdoor water activities, games, crafts, and food trucks. $20 minimum admission per dog (includes a swag bag – $35 gets you a t-shirt). 10 am to 2 pm. Stratford Perth Centres Outdoor Dog Park at 125 Griffith Road, Stratford, Ontario.

August *, 2023 – Top Dog – Wags and Wine, 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, photo opportunities, and of course wine and cider tastings. Free entry, or prebook the photo and tasting package (for 19+) for $29.66 (plus tax). Check our our previous fun here. 377 7th Concession Rd Enr, Clear Creek, Ontario. 

August 19, 2023 – London Pawlooza, London, Ontario

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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 *, 2023 – Dog Festival, Sarnia, Ontario

Dog Festival is sponsored by CB Southwest, Sarnia & District Humane Society and takes place at The Fox & Hound Canine Retreat. Dock Diving, OPP Canine Unit Demos, pet merch vendors, food vendors, and adoptable dogs. Dogs welcome. Admission is $10. 2437 Michigan Line, Sarnia, Ontario. 10 am to 4 pm.

August *, 2023 – Puppies & Pinot, Port Rowan, Ontario

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Another popular dog event at Hounds of Erie Winery bring your dogs to the winery where there’s a fenced leash free dog area to sit at a picnic table with your pup. This weekend, there’ll be 30 plus vendors, swag bags, and cider tastings. Accepting donations for the Simcoe District Humane Society. 11 am to 3 pm. Hounds of Erie Winery, 377 7th Concession Road ENR, Port Rowan, Ontario.

August *, 2023 – Bow Wow Luau, St Jacobs, Ontario

Join Spoil the Dog Bakery at Stone Crock Restaurant for the Bow Wow Luau under the big tent at the Jacobs Grill for an outdoor event including BBQ, baked goods, dog treats, doggie pool play, and photo booth. 1396 King Street North, St. Jacobs. 11:30 am to 8 pm.

August *, 2023 – 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. Small dogs 12 to 1:30 pm and large dogs 1 to 2:30 pm. Orville Wright Community Poll, 164 King Street E., Chatham-Kent, Ontario. $10 per dog.

September 3, 2023 – 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.

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September *, 2023 – 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. Vendors and local groomer offering nails trims for $10. Only dogs 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 *, 2023 – 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 10, 2023 – 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.

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September 10, 2023 – 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 *, 2023 – Barks and Brews Summer Finale, Kitchener, Ontario

Barks and Brews Yappy Hour, the final of the season is September 14 from 4:30 to 8 pm. Bring your dog along for a pint. Vendors, special guests, and onsite freebies are promised. TWB Brewery, 300 Mill Street, Kitchener.

September *, 2023 – 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 *, 2023 – Bark-toberfest, Grand Bend, Ontario

Join people and pups at the Pinery Market 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 – Postponed until further notice – Woofstock, Toronto, Ontario

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Canada’s best known dog festival, Woofstock, annual dog festival, 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, www.woofstock.ca. 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is $10.

October *, 2023 – Barktoberfest Walk-a-thon, St. Catharines, Ontario

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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 *, 2023- Ottawa Pet Expo, Ottawa, Ontario

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.

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October *, 2023 – Bark in The Park, St. Catharines, Ontario

Join local dog lovers for a Bark in the Park dog costume contest parade at the Carol Disher dog park. Ten vendors and costume parade. All dogs must be leashed and friendly. 11 am to 3 pm. 69 Catherine Street, St. Catharines. Parade is at 1 pm. $10 registration at the event or before.

October *, 2023 – Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Makers Market, Whitby, Ontario

While not specifically a pet event, the Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Mkers Market is dog friendly. Bring your leashed dog and experience 40 local vendors, live music, pumpkin painting, and three food trucks – and horses – at this outdoor event. 11 am to 5 pm. 7632 Ashburn Road, Whitby, Ontario.

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October *, 2023 – Howl-o-Ween Charity Event, London (Dorchester), Ontario

This is the first annual How-o-Ween Costume Parade & Charity Event benefitting the Humane Society & Middlesex New Home. Both dogs and cats are part of the theme. Enjoy the off-leash park, judged costume parade, and a variety of local vendors. Bring pet food donations. $5 in advance or $10 at the door. 11 am to 3 pm. Parade begins at 12:30 pm. 196 Elgin Road, Thames Centre, London, Ontario.

October *, 2023 – Bark at the Moon Halloween Spectacular, Hamilton, Ontario

Bark at the Moon Halloween Spectacular is a dog-friendly family event featuring a vendor market, $5 photo booth, lawn games, tarot card reading, costume contest, and raffle. 12 pm to 4 pm at the West Cider House, 84 Concession 8 East, Hamilton, Ontario.

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October *, 2023 – Barket Market Halloween Edition, Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Dog Moms is sponsoring this spooky Barket Market. Prizes for the best dog halloween costume. Shop at 30 vendors, and psychic readings available. First 50 dogs get a swag bag. Costume contest is at 2 pm. Register for $5 – proceeds to Canine Haven. 12 pm to 5 pm. The Parkdale Hall, 1605 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario.

October *, 2023 – Howl-O-Ween Dog Fest, Colburne, Ontario

The Big Apple, a favourite stop along the TransCanada Highway between Toronto and Ottawa, is hosting a Halloween dog event at this unique tourist stop. Defined literally by a Big Apple visible from the highway, there’s an off-leash park great for road trip stops. Sponsored by Nutram Pet Products, there’s a free lure course, a costume contest, agility shows at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. The event runs both days 9 am to 4 pm. The Big Apple, 262 Orchard Drive, Colborne, Ontario.

October *, 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.

October *, 2023 – Howloween Pooch Party, Kitchener, Ontario

The second annual Howloween Pooch Party allowing dogs to interact, but not on extendable leashes, please. 12 to 5 pm. Gaukel Street, Kitchner, Ontario.

November *, 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 6pm; Sunday 9 am to  5pm. International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga. Check out our previous experience at the expo here.

Novembe*, 2023 – DFKW Paw-liday Festival, Kitchener, Ontario

Downtown Kitchener’s first ever hyper-local, dog-friendly holiday festival, Paw-liday Festival happens at Carl Zehr Square, Downtown Kitchener. Venders, activities, food and drinks. noon to 4 pm. All dogs must be leashed, but no retractable leashes, please.

December *, 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 *, 2023 – Howliday Market 2022, Toronto, Ontario

A new holiday pet event presented by Doggo Events, The Howliday Market features Vendor Village with 60 participants, the tree of treats where your dog can select a mystery gift, a cocktail lounge, and free professional photos with Santa. Admission is $15 in advance and $25 at the door. Noon to 6 on Saturday and 11 to 5pm on Sunday. Heritage Court Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario. Dogs welcome.

December *, 2023 – Howlidays at Pingle’s Farms, Tauton, Ontario

As part of the farm’s annual tradition, Pingle’s Farm Market is hosting Howl-idays for Dogs On December 11th, each $10 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 3:30pm). This is part of the farm’s annual Christmas Festival November 27 to December 9 am to 6 pm (last entry at 3 pm), Saturdays and Sundays. Admission to the Christmas Fest is $15 and due to demand, dogs can attend the regular event for an extra $10 per dog. Pingle’s Farm, 1805 Taunton Road East, Hampton, Ontario.

ALBERTA

January 21 and 22, 2023 – 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.

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 29 & 30, 2023 – PetaPalooza West Tour 2021, Calgary, Alberta

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. www.petapaloozawest.com

BRITISH COLUMBIA

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 6 and 7, 2023 – 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 12 and 13, 2023 – PetaPalooza Tour 2021, 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 27, 2023 – PetaPalooza West, 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. 1100 Mainland Street, Vancouver. Free admission. Pet-friendly. 11 am to 4 pm.www.petapaloozawest.com

NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR

June 18 and 19, 2022 – Newfoundland Labrador Pet Expo, Mount Pear, NFLD

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

NOVA SCOTIA

June 10 and 11, 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.

MANITOBA

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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.

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  1. […] Dog Events 2022/23 CANADA […]

  2. […] Dog (and pet) Events 2022/23 CANADA […]

  3. […] watching the ‘cancellations’ add up on our Dog Events Pages and making Xs through dates in my calendar has me wondering if my dog Victor’s dog festival days […]

  4. […] The Ottawa Pet Expo is still scheduled for October 3 and 4, 2020. (See dog events page) […]

  5. […] perhaps longer. While the open road still calls, and I feel optimistic updating both the U.S. and Canadian Dog Event pages for the year, spending days at home with my fur babies is certainly no hardship – […]

  6. […] the meantime, dogtrotting’s popular pet festival 2020 Dog Event Guide is updated for both U.S. and […]

  7. […] has been compiling an expanding list of dog events across Canada (and now the U.S.) and that list is expanding yearly to include neighbourhood and regional events […]

  8. […] out many  dogtrotting.net Canadian pet events here – bookmark it. Listings are updated […]

  9. […] our Dog Event Guide here to plan the rest of your […]

  10. […] DogLoversDays Lure Course at these up-coming events: Dog Fest Muskoka on July 20 and the Meaford Pet Expo July 27, […]

  11. Hi
    Please add this event: raise the woof on June 15

    1. done… thanks!

  12. […] Check out all the pet events in Canada this year here. […]

  13. You should add in The Fast and the Furriest 5km run on April 27th http://niagararunningseries.com/races/confederation/
    Also the Durham Quarter Master Run July 27 allows dogs to run.

    1. thanks

  14. Wiener-Paw-Looza, Hamilton will be held on August 10, 2019 at Confederation Beach Park in Hamilton.

    The website is http://www.canadiandachshundrescue.com/wienerpawlooza/

    1. Thanks I’ll add it to the list.

  15. […] list of Canadian Dog-friendly events, fundraisers and festivals … along with an extensive list of USA Dog-friendly events and […]

  16. […] For more great dog events across Canada, checkout out our Dog Event Page.  […]

  17. […] Also in London, Fanshaw Pioneer Village (check out our review here) should be your next stop – it’s also dog-friendly. September 9, 2018 is the annual Day for Dogs there.  Check out dogtrotting  pet events here. […]

  18. […] the season of Pet Festivals, folks. Check out our Dog Events page and send us your listing if it’s not there. (Dogtrotting is currently expanding the list beyond […]

  19. […] season of outdoor dog and pet festivals has begun, so please checkout the Dog Events 2018 for the list, especially in Southern Ontario. If yours isn’t there, please let us […]

  20. […] times when I have to leave the dog ‘at home.’ Briefly, of course. Maybe we can even do the shore-to-shore ‘dog expo’ circuit across Canada one […]

  21. […] out our Dog Events Page, updated annually. Mark your […]

  22. […] out the list of dogtrotting.net events on our events page, updated […]

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