Dogs and pets in Ontario Parks

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 Region

AaronBlue Lake – Exercise only

Pakwash – Beach only

Quetico – Dawson Trail campground

Sandbar Lake – Beach only

Lake Superior, Agawa Bay – Exercise only

White Lake – Exercise and Beach

Northeast Region

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

Southeast Region

Bon Echo – Exercise and Beach

Charleston Lake – Beach only

Sandbanks – Beach only

Sharbot Lake – Exercise only

Southwest Region

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

Algonquin Region

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.