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10 Top-Rated Canadian Spots To Explore with your Dog


21 June 2018



The benefits of outdoor activities for dogs is remarkable and allowing our dogs to be off-leash lets them explore and discover new things that might not be available in a suburban setting. There are also benefits to being outdoors as a family with your dog. You allow your pets to gain confidence as they explore new territory ahead of you, and it’s also a great way to teach younger children the responsibility of caring for an animal.

Family activities shouldn’t have to hold you back because you own a dog. There are plenty of day outings the whole family can enjoy right here in our Canadian backyard. Canoeing with your dog, an afternoon mountain trail hike, a stroll in the woods and even dog agility courses that are set up in public areas, for all to enjoy.

Here are some of the top-rated must see Canadian public parks that promote family activities and most of all, that have designated off-leash areas for your dog to enjoy.

Check out the one closest to you or take a trip to a new destination!



Butter Pot Provincial Park.  Butter Pot Provincial Park has an extensive trail system, almost 9 kilometres: the view is fantastic from the 303-metre-high summit of Butter Pot Hill. You can enjoy water canoes, sailboats and rowboats. There are also picnic areas and a pond to fish from. Click here to get more information regarding the activities and the park.       

Website: www.tcii.gov.nl.ca/parks/p_bup/index.html


Nova Scotia

Hemlock Ravine Park. Hemlock Ravine Park is a 200-acre habitat with opportunities for walks, nature observation, and relaxation; it also includes a short off-leash area for dogs. The 4-km stacked loop trails offer many routes for jogging and observation of nature in all seasons. The heart-shaped pond, known as Julie’s Pond, was built by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, for his mistress.       

Website: www.novascotia.com/see-do/trails/hemlock-ravine-park/6119


Prince Edward Island

Blooming Point Beach. Located on the North Shore of Prince Edward Island, this beach boasts some of the most beautiful white sand beaches. A stroll along the beach or a picnic is a perfect way to enjoy a summer day here. Remember to stay on the paths when walking over the dunes to the beach. The marram grass is important to the ecosystem. There are also many activities to do nearby, click on the link below to discover other ways to enjoy your trip. 

Website: www.pointseastcoastaldrive.com/things-to-do/entry/blooming-point-beach


New Brunswick

Centennial Park: Situated in the centre of the city (811 St. George Boulevard), Centennial Park boasts 230 acres of scenic parkland and lawn bowling greens, for fun and recreation all year long. The large playground, complete with SplashPark, is a favourite for children. Ample parking, washrooms, picnic areas and a seasonal canteen are also available.

Winter fun includes the longest lit cross-country ski trail in eastern Canada, sledding hills and snowshoeing, just to name a few activities that you and your dog can enjoy together. This park includes all-year round fun so plan a fun filled day, anytime of the year.

Website: www.moncton.ca/residents/recreation_parks_and_culture/parks/centennial_park.htm


British Columbia

Hadden Park. Home of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Hadden Park is filled with fascinating bits of Vancouver history, includinghistoric vessels often docking in harbour. The sparkling waters of English Bay are a popular attraction at most times of the year. This park includes an off-leash dog area with water front access. Ccheck the weather, and go enjoy a day out in the sun with your dog.

Website: http://covapp.vancouver.ca/parkfinder/parkdetail.aspx?inparkid=110



Nose Hill Park. Nose Hill Park is a natural park that lies in the northwest part of Calgary and is surrounded by 12 residential communities, covering 11 square kilometres. Nose Hill Park has numerous hiking trails and dedicated off-leash areas. Nose Hill Park contains one of the most significant examples of thiegrassland ecosystem left of the Canadian prairies.  More details here.

Website: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/NW-parks/Nose-Hill-Park.aspx



Yellow Quill Provincial Park. A fully-fenced 2.5-acre park, it offers visitors waste bags, picnic tables, washroom facilities, and garbage bins. This park offers owners a more secure feeling, knowing that it’s a fenced in area for when your dog likes to test the boundaries and run a bit farther than you’d likeCheck out the extremely large area to let your dog stretch his legs and explore the surroundings here.

Website: https://www.bringfido.com/attraction/12244


Cathy Lauritsen Dog Park. The park is located by the multi-use pathway system along Wascana Creek, west of Lewvan Drive, south of 13th Avenue. This park is a great place to let dogs interact and socialize with other dogs. A great way to introduce puppies to the dog world and interact with older dogs, while still being surrounded by nature. Bring your dog to meet some new friends here.

Website: www.leaderpost.com/life/where+dogs+take+people/7477899/story.html



Dog Paddling Adventures – Richmond Hill. Do you love to canoe and campand your dog loves to be with you? So why not go together…Picture it: you and your best canine pal, swimming, meandering along sparkling waters and sleeping under the stars. If canoe-camping with your dog isn’t postcard-perfect on the first try, don’t give up! Skip the campout, perhaps, and take a relaxing low-key afternoon paddle together. Most dogs would rather do anything than be left behind, and with patience and time, you’ll be rewarded with a seasoned traveling companion. Click on the link below and find different ways to get your dog ready for summer activities.

Website: https://thebark.com/content/dog-paddling


Mont-Tremblant Village and trails. After a full day of activities and fresh air, be swept away by the undeniable charm of the picturesque pedestrian village of Mont-Tremblant. Catch a few of the sun’s last rays on an outdoor terrace; stroll the brightly lit streets; enjoy this moment in time! Tremblant sits at 875 meters high and offers a breathtaking view on the Laurentians. This breathtaking views and cozy village are a great recipe for an afternoon with your dog. Discover the beautiful village and mountain trails here.

Website: https://www.tremblant.ca/mountain-village