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Top Pet Friendly Vacation Spots In Ontario

Dogs just want to have fun! Dogs just want to have fun! Steve Bruno

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!  Note:  Original blog was created by Ontario Tourism.  


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”.  You and your dog can enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities.









For dogs that can’t be off-leach in an open environment, the Guest House now features a fully enclosed 110’ long x 50’ wide run. 


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 and snowshoeing in the winter and much more.

Paws In Elora

The 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, complete with a welcome basket of doggy necessaries, and 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 

This actively pet friendly resort is ideal for you and your four legged family members.  All of the cottages are pet-friendly and there are NO EXTRA FEES. 



All sizes of dogs will enjoy the designated off leash dog park and 6 km of off-leash trail. 

Deerhurst Resort 

Dogs 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 or visit local attractions. 


Another neat option? The nearby Happy Tails, a pet boarding resort in Huntsville, is a cage-free resort.

Sunny Point Resort 

You and your pups will enjoy a fun and relaxing vacation on this 84 acre playground on Otter Lake, near Parry Sound.  

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Pet-Friendly Hotels in the 1000 Islands

There are lots of pet-friendly hotels and resorts in Gananoque, Ontario.  


Nature’s Harmony 

Situated on 485 acres overlooking the Laurentian Mountains, Nature’s Harmony has unique accommodations and lots of space for you and your dog to play in any season. 


With extensive trails for hiking, biking and snowshoeing, you will connect with nature and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

Dog Paddling Adventures 

Take your dog canoe tripping, hiking, swimming and more.


Enjoy one day Paws & Paddle trips at McCrae Lake or Toronto Harbourfront; three day adventures in Alqonquin Park or Haliburton Highlands and four day expeditions in Killarney Provincial Park or Alqonquin Park. Canoe trips include safety training, meals, life jackets, park permits, camping equipment and more.

Ontario Parks  

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.



Trish Manning

Trish Manning is an adventure travel writer and the content coordinator for Ontario Outdoor Adventures.   She is an avid outdoor person who loves to hike, paddle, SUP, snowshoe, cross-country ski and explore Ontario's great outdoors with her golden retriever, Daisy.  


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