Dog-friendly City Guides

Welcome to the list of dog-friendly city and town guides.

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Access all dog-friendly information about each city by clicking the city or town name in the drop-down menu under the ‘Dog-friendly City Guide’ icon on the front page menu OR simply click the red city name in the list below.

Here’s a quick guide to the dog-friendly highlights in each city we’ve visited so far:

Dog-friendly Hamilton, Ontario

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Hamilton, Ontario is the closest city to our home, so my dog and I visit often. Dog-friendly surprises include two dog-friendly cafes (dog-centric, really) where you can bring your dog inside, along with many walking trails skirting scenic waterfalls.

Dog-friendly Kitchener, Ontario

Home of many unique dog-friendly opportunities throughout the year including outdoor summer and Christmas markets, waterparks (once a year), and seasonal camping.

Dog-friendly Niagara Region, Ontario

Dog-friendly wineries dominate the Niagara Region as must-see destinations for both you and your pup.

Dog-friendly Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa is a wonderfully scenic outdoor city in both summer and winter, so dog-friendly options are plentiful. Check out the Byward Market, dog-friendly ghost tour, and two of the best off-leash dog parks we’ve ever visited.

Dog-friendly Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Sault Ste Marie is a very outdoorsy small city, so dog-friendly options include camping, walking trails, provincial parks, and waterfront trails.

Dog-friendly Toronto, Ontario

Toronto has so many interesting dog-friendly options including outdoor markets and tours at Brickworks and The Distillery District, shopping at the outlet mall, and even a dog-friendly zoo near the High Park off-leash dog run.


Digby, Nova Scotia was the terminus of my dog’s first ferry ride – this time across a world-famous harbour to arrive just in time for a dog-friendly patio lunch in full view of scallop fishing boats docking.


Halifax, Nova Scotia has one of the most walkable and therefore dog-friendly Waterfronts of all the places we’ve visited yet. Along with one of the biggest urban and leash-free parks in the Maritimes.


Yarmouth, Nova Scotia is the Maritime compact town to explore history with your dog, and stop for a pint or ice cream at any dog-friendly patio downtown.


Saint John, New Brunswick is a coastal town with two dog parks and the ideal place downtown to have dinner and a beer with your dog indoors if you prefer.


Fredericton, New Brunswick is one o the most dog-friendly cities you’ll encounter on the east coast of Canada. Don’t miss Picaroon’s outdoor dog-friendly patio (and stick library) across the walking bridge.

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