Dog out hiking, Chutes

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.

Read on for our list of canine-designated spaces and facilities.

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.

The rules

To accommodate both those with and without pets, adhere to the following rules related to dogs in provincial parks.

family hiking with dog

With so many enticing sights and smells, dogs can be quite 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).

Violations of any of the offences below will result in a minimum fine of $95.00:

  • keep dogs on a leash no longer than 2 m (6 feet) in length at all times unless in a designated off-leash area
  • keep dogs off beaches (unless a designated dog beach), and out of swimming areas, comfort stations, roofed accommodation sites 1, waters adjacent to interior campsites where campers obtain drinking water or any other posted or designated areas where domestic animals are prohibited 2
  • prevent dogs from damaging or disturbing park vegetation and wildlife
  • do not leave dogs unattended or allowing them to make excessive noise
  • pick up after your dog’s waste (stoop-and-scoop bags are available at most gatehouses)

1 Ontario Parks is currently exploring options to allow dogs in roofed accommodations, however, at this time it is not permitted.

2 Service animals are permitted.

Dogs are not permitted in designated campground areas in:

  • Algonquin (Achray, Canisbay, Mew Lake and Pog Lake Campgrounds, as well as Mizzy Lake Trail)
  • Awenda (Snake Campground)
  • Balsam Lake (walk-in campsites)
  • Pinery (campsites 248-299)
  • Voyageur (one loop in Iroquois B Campground)

Dog beaches and exercise areas

dog course
Mikisew dog exercise area (and agility course!)

Many of our parks feature designated canine spaces, including:

Southwest Region
Awenda beach
Bronte Creek exercise
Craigleith exercise and beach
Earl Rowe exercise
Inverhuron exercise and beach
Long Point exercise and beach
MacGregor Point exercise and beach
Point Farms beach
Port Burwell exercise and beach
Pinery beach
Rock Point beach
Rondeau exercise and beach
Selkirk exercise and beach
Wasaga Beach beach
Wheatley exercise and beach


Southeast Region
Balsam Lake beach
Bon Echo exercise and beach
Charleston Lake beach
North Beach beach
Sandbanks beach
Sharbot Lake beach
Sibbald Point beach
Chocolate Lab and Labradoodle playing at Dog Exercise area
Arrowhead’s pet exercise area
Central Region
Algonquin exercise and beach
Arrowhead exercise and beach
Bonnechere beach
Grundy Lake exercise and beach
Killbear exercise and beach
McRae Point exercise and beach
Mikisew exercise and beach
Oastler Lake exercise and beach
Restoule exercise and beach
Six Mile Lake exercise and beach
Springwater exercise


Northeast Region
Chutes exercise and beach
Esker Lakes beach
Fairbank exercise
Finlayson Point exercise and beach
Ivanhoe Lake beach
Kettle Lakes exercise and beach
Killarney beach
Marten River beach
Windy Lake exercise and beach


Northwest Region
Blue Lake exercise
Kakabeka Falls exercise and beach
Lake Superior, Agawa Bay exercise and beach
Neys beach
Pancake Bay exercise and beach
Quetico exercise and beach
Sandbar Lake beach

Check with park staff upon arrival to ask exactly where the beach and/or exercise areas are.