Dog (and pet) Events 2022/23 CANADA

Welcome to our 2022/23 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.

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

What pet events can I attend near me?

Where can I take my dog this weekend?

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

2022 MIGHT ONCE AGAIN BE A CHALLENGING YEAR FOR EVENTS AND TRAVEL. WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO KEEP THIS PAGE UP-TO-DATE AS CANCELLATIONS ARE EXPECTED.

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ONTARIO

February – Westie Indoor Play Day, Orangeville (CANCELLED 2022)

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

April 15, 2022 – Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs in Oakville,  Brampton, Calgary (Alberta), Guelph, Kitchener, London, St.Catharines and Windsor

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

April 15 to 17, 2022 – Spring Canadian Pet Expo, Mississauga, Ontario

Found a friend while docked at McDonald Island in the 1000 Islands

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

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May 1, 2022 (and every weekend until Sept. 1, 2022) – Dog Days of Summer, Clear Creek

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 Doberman & Rottweiler 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

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 15, 2022 – Poochella 2022, St. Catharines

Enjoy a beer at this micro-brewery, Lock Street Brewing, when they host Poochella – a dog-festival including Poochable pop up, a doggy DJ, canine treats, and food for people from oddbird.express. Lock Street Brewing, 15 Lock Street, St. Catharines. 10 am to 5 pm.

dog at Dog Bowl 2019 Frankenmuth, Michigan

May 28 to 29, 2022 – Picks and Pingle’s Spring Market, Hampton

Although not specifically a pet event, the outdoor Picks and Pingle’s Spring Market is dog friendly! The outdoor walkabout market featuring local vendors kicks off asparagus season. May 28 is the first day you can pick your asparagus (sold by weight). Well behaved leashed dogs are welcome. 9 am to 4 pm each day. Admission is $5 per person – the is an extra fee for dogs. Pringle’s Farm Market, 1805 Taunton Rd, Hampton, Ontario.

May 28, 2022 – Party 4 Paws Pet Fair, Toronto (Rain date: May 29, 2022)

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 29, 2022 – Dog Day Bash 2022, Hamilton

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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.

June – Furry Friends 5K, Oshawa CANCELLED for 2020. No event scheduled for 2021 or 2022 yet)

One of three annual runs, Furry Friends 5K dog-friendly race (walk or run) that you can participate in with your pup. The event supports local animal rescue groups, shelters, and humane groups. (If you can’t make the event, you can sponsor someone who is participating). Cost to participate with your dog is $45. www.furryfriends5k.ca

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dog at Dog Bowl 2019 Frankenmuth, Michigan

June 4, 2022 – Homeward Bound Canine Carnival, Bowmanville

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 5, 2022 – 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.

June 11 and 12, 2022 – Woof-a-Palooza, Vaughn, Ontario

Bring you 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 12, 2022 – Bark in the Park, London

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 25, 2022 – Wienerfest Home County Festival, Woodstock, Ontario

All breeds and kinds of dogs are welcome at the Wienerfest 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 25 and 26, 2022 – 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. www.woofaroo.com

July 23, 2022 – PAWS-itively Elgin – Aylmer, Ontario

beautiful black terrier dog with stuffed pink bone dog toy

Pawsitively Elgin 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.  www.pawsitivelyelgin.com

July 23, 2022- Thousand Islands Bark Bash, Gananoque, Ontario

The annual Thousand Islands Bark Bash celebrates all things dogs. Meet rescue groups, vendors, dog demonstrations and displays. Admission free. 10 am to 4 pm. Gananoque Town Park, 30 King Street E., Gananoque, Ontario. www.1000islandsbarkbash.weebly.com

Summer 2023 (cancelled until 2023) – Meaford Pet Expo,  Meaford, Ontario

Enjoy the 3rd annual Meaford Pet Expo with more than 25 vendors, samples and give-aways, pet adoptions, nail trims, pet play zone and training advice. Canadian Pet Connections, 278 Cook Street #8, Meaford, Ontario. 10 am to 4 pm. Dog-friendly.

National Sheep Dog Trials, Kingston, Ontario

August 5 to 7, 2022 – Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival, Kingston

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 6, 2022- Tails of the Mountain Festival, Grey Highlands

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 13, 2022 – Hugs for Hounds, Elora, Ontario

un or enter any other breed for additional races organized by size. Otherwise, enjoy the festival and barbeque – advanced tickets are recommended. Pets are welcome but no retractable leashes. A silent auction and live art auction are also planned. Grand River Raceway Annex, 7445 Wellington County Road 21, Elora. www.hugsforhounds2.ca

August 13 and 14, 2022 – 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. Check our our previous fun here. 377 7th Concession Rd Enr, Clear Creek, Ontario. 

one year old dalmation running through water at waterpark open for dogs

August 20, 2022 – London Pawlooza, London

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

August 26 to 28, 2022 – Annual Ruff Mudder, Collingwood

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.

September ?, 2022 – Wiggle Waggle Walk – Your Way, Hamilton

The annual Wiggle Waggle Walk fundraiser for the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA takes place online this year and everyone is invited to register and walk, run, do yoga, or more – participate in raising money for the Hamilton Burlington SPCA your way. The first 150 registered receive a swag bag. www.hbspca.com Check out our previous year’s fun here. DOGTROTTING.NET is participating in this online event!

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September – Postponed until further notice – Woofstock, Toronto

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 ?, 2022 – Gananoque & District Humane Society Puppy Prowl, Gananoque

A fundraiser for the Gananoque District Humane Society, Puppy Prowl is on – start at the Town Park at 9 am, then all participants will leave Town Park and walk to the Lions Club Park, cross the street and walk back to Town Park in a puppy (and dog) parade celebration. Vendors, music and prizes. This is a family and pet-friendly event! Town Park, 30 King Street E., Gananoque, Ontario. 9 am. Register at GDHS.

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October 1 and 2, 2022- Ottawa Pet Expo, Ottawa

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.

October 30, 2022 – Hollowoof Day, Hampton, Ontario

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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 encourage! Advanced timed tickets are required. General admission is $15. 9:30 am to sunset. 1805 Tauton Road East, Hampton, Ontario.

November ?, 2022- Toronto Christmas Pet Show,  Mississauga

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

December ?, 2022 – 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 ?, 2022 – 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

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

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

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.

June 25, 2022 – Zulu K9 Challenge, Grande Prairie

For very athletic people and pets, the Zulu K9 Challenge promises to be difficult, but not impossible. Curious? The Zulu K9 Challenge is a 5 to 10km race with 20 obstacles testing strength, durability and creativity (people’s not dog’s). Yes, a dog is required for this Zulu event and so are harnesses and hands-free leashes. South Bear Creek, 100 Street, Grande Prairie, Alberta. Must register in advance. $115 per entry. www.zuluchallenge.com

July 23 & 24, 2022 – PetaPalooza West Tour 2021, Calgary

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

August ?, 2022 – Muttstock, Edmonton

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

BRITISH COLUMBIA

November 5 and 6, 2022 – 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.

April 30 and May 1, 2022 – Vancouver Island Pet Expo, Victoria

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

August 13 and 14, 2022 – PetaPalooza Tour 2021, Victoria

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

August 28, 2022 – PetaPalooza West, Vancouver

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

NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR

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

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 11 and 12, 2022 – Atlantic Canada Doggie Expo, Dartmouth

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

MANITOBA

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June 6, 2023 – Manitoba Pet Expo, Winnipeg [CANCELLED in 2020 – no date for 2022]

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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