Pets enhance holiday time for their owners, but they can easily disturb times of relaxation and the outdoor atmosphere for others. Dogs are welcome at all Ontario Parks, and are permitted on campsites, park roads and most hiking trails, except for a few specific campgrounds and sensitive areas.
However, dog owners must be respectful of nature and their fellow park visitors. To accommodate both those with and without pets, we ask that you adhere to the following rules related to dogs. Violations may result in a minimum fine of $95.00;
With so many enticing sights and smells, dogs can become overstimulated in a park setting. Regulations are in place to keep your pet safe and to avoid unfortunate experiences such as losing your dog (which can be a harrowing experience: http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/lost-dog-reunited-with-family/).
Please note that dogs are not permitted in the following campgrounds:
To find out whether a park has a dog-free trail, please refer to the “Activities” tab of a park’s webpage, under “Hiking.” You can also call the park to confirm whether they have any pet-restricted or pet-inclusive areas or facilities.
Starting April 1, 2020, dogs will be welcome in select roofed accommodations for a fee of $20 per night. Dog owners are responsible for any damages caused by their pet. Only two dogs (regardless of size) are permitted per roofed accommodation. The additional fee is assessed per night, not per dog.
Please find the list of dog friendly cabins, yurts and trailers below:
|Park||Resource Type / Name|
|Algonguin - Mew Lake||Yurt - 62|
|Arrowhead||Cabin - 224|
|Bon Echo||Yurt - 153
Cabin - 612
|Charleston Lake||Cabin - 224|
|Fushimi Lake||Cabin - 43|
|Killarney||Yurt - 6|
|MacGregor Point||Yurt - 90|
|Pancake Bay||Yurt - 365|
|Pinery||Yurt - 480C|
|René Brunelle||Cabin - 100|
|Rushing River||Trailer - 403
Trailer - 405
|Silent Lake||Yurt - 5
Cabin - 201
|Sleeping Giant||Cabin - 4|
|Windy Lake||Cabin - 201|
We understand the temptation to take a more relaxed approach to pet rules on backcountry trips, however all rules still apply and help to prevent negative interactions such as:
Taking pets into the backcountry requires additional safety precautions. Keep these hazards and tips in mind to keep your pet safe and comfortable:
Many of our parks feature designated dog friendly areas:
|Park||Zone||Pet Exercise Area||Dog Beach|
|Six Mile Lake||Northeast|