Pet Hotels City Showcase

Our city showcase section features articles on various Canadian cities that actively promote and support their pet friendly metropolis. We like to highlight cities that make it easy to bring along your pet by having a wide variety of pet friendly styles of accommodation and dog friendly activities around town. Cities with dog friendly policies make it easier for many Canadians to travel with their entire family - an incredibly large niche market. Most people travelling with pets are not headed too far from home and will actively choose their destination based on how well it can accommodate their pet.

Pet Friendly City Showcase - Ottawa, Ontario

We turn the spotlight on Ottawa, Ontario - the nation's capital. Ottawa is a beautiful metropolitan city that is quite dog friendly. Along with having many pet friendly vacation rentals in and around town, there is also a lot to se and do with your pet.

Most areas of the city have greenbelts and dog friendly areas that can be traversed with dogs on a leash. There are also a couple of very nice off leash parks within the city limits where you can take your dog to do a big hike and socialize. At the south end of Ottawa there is the Conroy Pit Park - located on Conroy Road just south of Hunt Club. The Conroy Pit Park is the old sand pits, a young forest area with looping trails and friendly people with their dogs. Peak hours of the day are between 7:30am and 10:00am on weekday mornings and from 8:00am to 1:00pm on the weekends. The trail is mostly flat and easily accessible by dog walkers of all ages. There are wooded areas, open fields and a heavy amount of dog traffic year round. The Conroy Pit also has parking, dog poop bag dispensers and restrooms.

Another popular off leash area is the Bruce Pit Park found at Baseline Road and Cedarview Road towards the west end of Ottawa. Trails weave through the trees and fields with a great deal of dog walking traffic. There are open areas to throw Frisbees and river access where your dog can cool off and swim a little. There is parking, dog poop bag dispensers and park benches at the Bruce Pit.

In the heart of the city the Rideau Canal provides a very scenic and historic walk that is dog appropriate so long as they stay on leash. The Rideau Canal is accessible year round with tulip filled gardens in the spring and skating and beaver tails in the winter.

Along with Ottawa's open arms approach to dogs, there is also a fantastic nightlife and fine dining scene. Recently Ottawa has been the sight of several Food Network television features and is home to many prominent chefs. There are also many unique activities and tours to do, try a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint or take in a Senators hockey game. This is also probably the most fantastic city to visit on Canada Day ever - it is an amazing street festival with live performers, street vendors and amazing food. Canada Day is a little too busy for the pups however, so be sure to leave them at home.

Jump to our Ontario page to find pet friendly listings in and around Ottawa.

Pet Friendly City Showcase - Whistler, B.C.

Whistler is a coast mountain city only a few hours north of Vancouver. Whistler hosts international and Canadian guests year round as there are lots of activities for travellers in any season. Whistler is also a very pet friendly destination for people who travel with the entire family. There are quite a few pet friendly properties, services and activities throughout the city. Every spring there is also a Dogfest - where people are encouraged to bring their dogs along for an afternoon of education and entertainment; proceeds from the Whistler Dogfest benefit WAG (Whister Animals Galore), a locally based no-kill rescue shelter for animals.

Hiking is a great dog activity and the Valley Trail is a perfect hike, especially in the summer. There is also skiing that you can do with your dog along the Valley Trail between Rainbow and Meadow Parks; when the weather permits the trail is groomed and trackset for cross-country skiing. The municipality of Whistler has also designated several park areas and beaches to off-leash dog zones. The Barking Bay beach area can be found at the south end of Rainbow Park in Whistler and the Canine Cove beach can be found a short trail walk down the Lost Lake Loop Trail just opposite the public area. The beach areas are great for dogs who love to swim and play in the water (which happens to be very strenuous exercise - perfect or high energy dogs). Just remember to keep your dog under control and to clean up after your pet, which shouldn't be difficult as the municipality supplies dog litter bags and bins at all these designated areas. Rainbow, Alpha Lake and Meadow Parks also operate as off-leash dog zones before 10:00 am in the morning. All these areas designated for dogs gives you lots of opportunity to access dog friendly areas no matter where you plan to stay while in Whistler.

Don't just think of Whistler as a destination for your dog - there are tons of great activities for people too. There is fabulous golfing amongst the mountains, ziplining, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding, even dogsledding. Whistler is also home to many fine dining restaurants, pubs and night life spots. In case you plan on heading out to do some of these activities and can't include your pet, there are several different pet sitting and dog walking services to use in the city. There are also several hotels with their own in-house programs to look after your pets.

Jump to our British Columbia page to check out pet friendly accommodations in and around the Whistler region.

Pet Friendly City Showcase - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

The East Coast is a wonderful travel destination with an interesting history and eclectic mix of daytime activities to occupy your time. As far as your pet is concerned, the East Coast is also generally a pet friendly place where they will have lots of opportunity to spend time with you, their favourite people.

Dartmouth is an up and coming city just opposite Halifax in Nova Scotia. Downtown Dartmouth looks out over Halifax harbour and has a beautiful, peaceful view. There is a waterfront park which is accessible year round; dogs are allowed throughout this area on leash. There is also a very affordable year round ferry that shuttles back and forth from Dartmouth to Halifax waterfront several times per hour. Just up the way from downtown Dartmouth is another wonderful dog friendly park known as the Dartmouth Common and Scenic Gardens. There is both an on and off leash area for your dogs, just remembe to socialize your dog with care.

Dartmouth is a cute place if you enjoy walking. Most activities and sights to see can be reached by foot within 45 minutes. Along with gardens and parks there are historical homes to visit and lake kayaking right in town. Some people can get roped in with the glitz and hustle of Halifax just across the water, but Dartmouth is an enjoyable place for a mellow afternoon. Plan a picnic and an activity in Dartmouth and enjoy it with your pet, you won't regret it.

When you are ready to leave the pets alone for a bit, there are some great places to shop, eat and spend the afternoon. For dining in Dartmouth try Nectar Social House at 62 Ochterloney Street; their inspired menu is a real treat and there are lots of great wines to try. Right next door to Nectar is the Interlude Spa; they do really good pedicures and massages. There is also a beautiful yoga studio to take day classes.

To check out pet friendly accommodations in Dartmouth check out the Nova Scotia page here.