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.
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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.
February 11, 2023 – 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 11, 2023 – 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 11 and 12, 2023 – Woof You Be My Valentine? Toronto, Ontario
A Valentine’s Day Photoshoot of your pet. All proceeds going to Sea Dog Rescue. Saturday, February 11 the event is at PetValu, 1245 Dupont Street Toronto. On Saturday, February 12, the event is at PetValu , 1189 King St. W., Toronto. 12 to 3pm.
February 12, 2023 – My Furry Valentine, Kemptville, Ontario
Get your pets photos taken at the My Furry Valentine photo booth. $13 for 4×6, $17 for 5×7 and $13 for keychain. $5 sitting fee. Portions of the fees goes to Spencerville TNR Rescue. Pet Valu Kemptville, 100-331 Ryans Wells Drive, Kemptville, Ontario. Call for appointment 343-264-0443. Photography by Margaret Link.
February 26, 2023 – 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 4pm.
March 16, 2023 – KW Charity Fur Ball, Hamilton, Ontario
The KW Charity Fur Ball event is sponsored by Keller Williams Complete Realty and is a fundraiser for Ladybird Animal Sanctuary and Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue. Bring your well-behaved leashed dog and enjoy a costume contest, raffle and socialize with other pets, 3 to 7 pm, 1044 Cannon Street E, Hamilton, Ontario. Advanced tickets free or by donation.
April 7, 2023 – 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 plastics 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.
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 12, 2023 – 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 15, 2023 – Spring Pet Portrait Event, Gloucester, Ontario
Get your pet’s spring photo taken with a outdoor spring background by Margaret Link Photography. Contact email@example.com (NOT dogtrotting.net) for an appointment. Sitting fee is $5. Images range from $13 to $27. A portion goes to Alley Trappers. 10 am to 4 pm. Gloucester Pet Valu, 1980 Oglivie Road, #143, Gloucester, Ontario.
April 16, 2023 – 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.
April 30, 2023 – 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, 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 2, 2023 – 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’s 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 5 to September 3, 2023 (every weekend) – Dog Days of Summer, Norfolk County, Ontario
May 5 to September 3, 2023 might be the world’s longest pet festival …. or not really. Dog Days of Summer is every weekend during the summer at Hounds of Erie Winery. Each weekend is dedicated to a different dog breed. Click here to find your breed specific meet up. 377 7th Concession Rd Enr, Clear Creek, Ontario. $14.11 admission.
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 13, 2023 – 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 4pm. Admission is $5. Esplanade Park, 1 The Esplanade, Pickering, Ontario.
May 13, 2023 – 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, 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 20, 2023 – 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 26, 2023 – 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 27, 2023 – 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 27 and 28, 2023 – Party 4 Paws Pet Fair, Toronto, Ontario
Bring your dog to the outdoor Party 4 Paws Pet Fair benefiting animal rescues including Guardian’s Best Animal Rescue Foundation. Shop from many local vendors for pet related products, meet celebrity pets, and maybe adopt a cat or dog. Activities for dogs includes a doggie pool, tunnels, and photo booth. Saturday, 11 to 6pm, and Sunday, Noon to 6 pm. Free admission. Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen Street W., Toronto. Admission is free but reserve tickets via Guardian’s Best website.
May 28, 2023 – 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 28, 2023 – Oakville Pet Value Walk for Guide Dogs, Oakville, Ontario
Collect pledges, make a donation, 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.
May 28, 2023 – Dog Day Bash, Hamilton, Ontario
Grain & Grit Beer Co. with an outdoor patio invite you and your dog to come check out dog-themed vendors and stay for a beer. Benefit for the Ladybird Sanctuary animal rescue. Leashed dogs only. No excessive barking. 12 to 6 pm. Free admission. 11 Ewen Road, Hamilton, Ontario.
June 3, 2023 – 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, 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, 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. 11891 County Road 2, Colborne, Ontario.
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 10, 2023 – 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 11, 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 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 17, 2023 – 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 $10. 2437 Michigan Line, Sarnia, Ontario.
June 24, 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 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 24 to 25, 2023 – 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 5pm, throughout the Niagara Region, Ontario. For tickets visit Muddy Paws Wine Trail.
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.
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 9, 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 22, 2023 – 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 22, 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 3 pm. Dog-friendly.
July 23, 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 and 30, 2023 – 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 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!
2023 is rescheduled for 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 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 – 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
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 – 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.
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 9 & 10, 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.
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 16 & 17, 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 24, 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.
October *, 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 14 & 15, 2023- 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.
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.
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.
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 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 6pm; Sunday 9 am to 5pm. International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga. Check out our previous experience at the expo here.
November *, 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.
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.
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 plastics 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 29 & 30, 2023 – PetaPalooza West Tour – Day of the Dog, 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 Clair Market., 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary. 10 am to 4 pm. www.petapaloozawest.com. free admission. Pet-friendly.
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
June 1, 2023 – Victoria Pet Expo, Victoria, British Columbia
August 12 and 13, 2023 – 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 27, 2023 – 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
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/
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.
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
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.
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 5pm. Diefenbaker Park, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
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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.
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The website is http://www.canadiandachshundrescue.com/wienerpawlooza/
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