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Best dog-friendly vacation spots

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Best dog-friendly vacation spots

Dogs love to play at Nature's Harmony Ecolodge. • Credit: Ontario Tourism

Go pampered or "ruffstic"

Did you know that many lodges and Ontario Parks welcome pets? Find out our top picks.

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 are just a few of our top picks for pampered vacations and "ruffstic" holidays.

While all Ontario Parks are pet-friendly, many Ontario Parks offer special features including off-leash swimming and exercise areas that will make your camping holiday extra fun for you and your pup. 


Woman running on snow trail with two golden retrievers.
Winter is a great time for a pup vacation. 

Woodhaven Country Lodge  (Year-Round)

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-leash 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 the beautiful lake, including walks through the woods, swims in the lake in summer, skating and snowshoeing in the winter and much more.

Viamede Resort  (Year-Round)

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  (Year-Round)

A man, woman and a dog in a Tom Thomson canoe.
Explore Algonquin's Canoe Lake, a favourite painting location for Tom Thomson.

Dogs 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. Rent a canoe and explore nearby Algonquin Park.

The Briars Resort and SPa (YEAR_ROUND)

The Briars, located close to Toronto but surrounded by nature on Lake Simcoe, is the perfect escape to the country.  Swim in the pools and whirlpools, dine on delicious food. Explore the nature trails with your pet then relax in your cozy pet-friendly cottage


Elk Lake Wilderness Resort is very pet-friendly. There is no pet fee, however, dogs are expected to be friendly, well socialized and easily controlled.  Families and friends enjoy great outdoor activities like fishing, campfires, snowmobiling and more.


Bring your pup and get pampered in a cozy, comfortable pet-friendly cottage at Elmhirst’s Resort. In the winter, enjoy skating on the lake, sleigh rides and more. In the summer, relax by the water, canoe or explore the area. Eat delicious local foods and experience wine tasting.  

Voyageur Island Lodge, Atikokan (May to October)

Family and friends sitting on flat rock shoreline with a dog and people playing in lake.

The Lodge is located on a secluded island on Nym Lake on the border of Quetico Provincial Park. It offers a perfect wilderness eco-adventure for your whole family.  

Sunny Point Resort (May to October)

Golden retriever jumping into a lake.
Wow - what a jump! A great way to play fetch. 

You and your pups will enjoy a fun and relaxing vacation on this 84 acre playground on Otter Lake, near Parry Sound. Stay in very clean and well-maintained dog-friendly cottages.  

Killarney Lodge (MAY to October)

Killarney Lodge welcomes dogs in designated cabins. Guests can explore Algonquin Park with their canine friends as long as they respect the basic guidelines of the lodge and Algonquin Park.

Pet-Friendly Hotels in the 1000 Islands 

There are lots of pet-friendly hotels and resorts in Gananoque, Ontario. Many are open year-round.   


A pup in a life jacket sitting in a tent looking out as a canoe paddles by.
Pups love outdoor vacations. When can I go in the canoe? 

Nature’s Harmony (Year-Round)

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, kicksledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, you will connect with nature and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

Ontario Parks  (Year-Round)

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. Twelve parks now offer special pet exercise areas and beaches. 

Other favourite parks includes Killbear, Bon Echo, Mikisew and Restoule. Click here for more information.

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