All Ontario Parks are pet-friendly, but some offer more than others when it comes to camping with a dog. Twelve Ontario Parks have designated pet exercise areas and beaches. Seventeen more have one or the other. Below, you’ll find Ontario Parks listed by region and by “pet-amenity”. You’ll also find an important list of pet owner do’s and don’ts which we ask you to read if you plan to camp at Ontario Parks with your pet.
Pet Exercise and Beach List
|Northwest RegionAaronBlue Lake – Exercise onlyPakwash – Beach only
Quetico – Dawson Trail campground
Sandbar Lake – Beach only
Lake Superior, Agawa Bay – Exercise only
White Lake – Exercise and Beach
Chutes – Exercise only
Driftwood – Exercise only
Esker Lakes – Exercise only
Fairbank – Exercise only
Halfway Lake – Exercise only
Ivanhoe Lake – Beach only
Killarney – Beach only
Kettle Lakes – Exercise and Beach
Obatanga – Exercise and Beach
Pancake Bay – Exercise and Beach
Samuel de Champlain – Exercise only
Wakami Lake – Beach only
Windy Lake – Beach only
Bon Echo – Exercise and Beach
Charleston Lake – Beach only
Sandbanks – Beach only
Sharbot Lake – Exercise only
Bronte Creek – Exercise only
MacGregor Point – Exercise only
Point Farms – Beach only
Port Burwell – Beach only
Pinery – Beach only
Rock Point – Exercise and Beach
Rondeau – Beach only
Selkirk – Exercise only
Turkey Point – Exercise and Beach
Arrowhead – Exercise and Beach
Awenda – Beach only
Craigleith – Beach only
Grundy Lake – Exercise and Beach
Killbear – Exercise and Beach
Mikisew – Exercise and Beach
Oastler – Beach only
Restoule – Exercise and Beach
Sibbald Point – Beach only
Wasaga Beach – Exercise and Beach
Algonquin – Exercise only
Please check with the Park staff upon arrival to ask exactly where the beach and/or exercise areas are.
A few important do’s and don’ts for pet owners
· Pets are permitted on campsites, park roads and most hiking trails, but must remain properly leashed (on a leash not exceeding 2 metres (6 feet) in length) at all times.
· Parks that have pet restrictions are at designated campground areas in Awenda (Snake Campground), Balsam Lake (the six walk-in sites), Pinery (sites 248-299) and Voyageur (Iroquois B Campground has one loop of 20 sites) and Achray, Canisbay, Mew Lake and Pog Lake campgrounds in Algonquin.
· You must ensure your dog does not damage or interfere with Park vegetation or wildlife. Please be advised that where the preservation of unique ecological features is of concern, trails may be marked dog-free to uphold our goals of environmental protection. Please be considerate of these marked trails.
· If you want to know in advance if a park has a dog-free trail, that information is available in the “Things to do” category on a park’s homepage, where hiking details are provided. You can also call the park in advance to confirm if they have any pet restricted trails. .
· Pet owners should ensure that their pets are not left unattended on a site at any time, are properly leashed and do not make excessive noise.
· You must clean up after your pet. It is a Provincial Offense if you don’t – and you could be charged. Stoop and Scoop bags are available at the gatehouses.
· Public health rules prohibit domestic animals in designated swimming areas, beaches and roofed accommodation sites and for public health reasons pets are not allowed in showers or comfort stations.
· Pet exercise areas have been introduced at a number of parks, providing a space for your dog to run and play. Many allow off-leash play, but where indicated by a sign, please keep your dog on-leash (always ask Park staff if you are unsure). Some pet exercise areas also have beaches.