Ontario Pet Friendly Vacations

Fan Photo by Ashley R.Enjoying an early morning sunrise while camping on ‘Tuk’ island on Gorman Lake.
Photo submitted by Ashley R.

We get so many great questions from Ontario travelers and one in particular has just kept coming up: “Where are the best places in Ontario to take your pet on vacation with you?”. Here’s just a few of our picks. Add your own suggestions and favourites in the comments section!

Deerhurst Resort – Huntsville, Ontario

deerhurst resortDogs and cats are welcome at Deerhurst Resort, where new pet friendly accommodations mean that you can bring the whole family on vacation. Deerhurst also has designated areas for pets to enjoy the outdoors along with you. Another neat option? The nearby Happy Tails, a pet boarding resort in Huntsville, is a cage-free resort.

For Deerhurst’s full pet policy click here.

Ontario Parks

Killbear Provincial Park
Dogs love the fresh air just as much as we do and in light of this many Ontario Parks allow dogs to join the camping fun. A number of parks offer special pet exercise areas, including favourites like Killbear, Bon Echo and The Pinery. If you have been meaning to camp in Ontario’s beautiful northern regions, Martin River Provincial Park features interior campsites on the lake where your dog can run and swim to their heart’s content.

Woodhaven Country Lodge

Photo via Woodhaven Country Lodge

The motto at Woodhaven Country Lodge says it all: “If your dogs sleep on your bed at home then they can sleep on your bed at Woodhaven”. Woodhaven has been operating since 1993 and there’s plenty for pets and their families to enjoy on this beautiful lake, including walks through the woods, swims in the lake in summer, skating in the winter and much more.

 Paws in Elora

Elora, OntarioThe history, culture and scenery of Elora, Ontario is one of the gems of the province and you don’t have to leave your pet at home to enjoy this town. Paws in Elora offers a pet friendly suite right in the heart of Elora. Enjoy a stroll to the Elora Gorge or through the town with your pup. For the full details of Paws in Elora’s pet policy click here.

Viamede Resort – Kawarthas, Ontario

00014095Not only is this resort pet friendly, you can also get a sneak preview at the fun your pup is in for via the resident dog Maggie who tweets about her daily adventures via @MaggieViamede. As the the director of “ruffreation” Maggie makes sure you have a great time at Viamede – especially if you have four legs and a tail! You never know, your dog may leave Viamede with a new BFF.so Plus, dogs stay free of charge!

Have somewhere specific in mind for your next vacation? PetFriendly.Ca offers a full listing of hotels which are pet friendly in Ontario.

For more information about traveling with pets in Ontario, check out our travel tips here.

We want to hear from you! Where was the best place you’ve brought your pet on vacation in Ontario?

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Anita Mac says:

    All those places look amazing…too bad my cat doesn’t share my passion for travel! Know a few dog lovers who will love this though!

  2. Hi Anita: If Deerhurst is on your travel to-do list they welcome cats as well as dogs! http://www.deerhurstresort.com/petfriendly

  3. kahry says:

    http://sugarridge.ca/
    I fell in love with this peaceful get-away and my dog did too!

  4. Great post Ontario Travel. I think traveling with man’s best friend can be a challenge at times. I know that not all provincial park agencies across Canada allow dogs so it’s kinda cool that Ontario Parks goes one better and even offers special dog-friendly exercise areas in some of its parks.

  5. Cheryl Smyth says:

    Thanks for this article. I love travelling with my dog! I just added a short summary list on my website of travelling with dogs in Northern Ontario. Check it out at: http://cstravelsandpics.ca/2013/07/18/dogs-and-northern-ontario/

  6. Laurie Teather says:

    Our family including 4yr old Victorian Bulldog “Carmal” have vacationed 2yrs now and will return next July, to Oxtongue Lake Cottages just east of Huntsville. Great family pet friendly vacation spot!!

  7. Shaelee the Affen says:

    Tobermory is Dog friendly as well check out the Instagram of @affencutie to see some of the Dog friendly places.

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