Dog-Friendly Destinations in BruceGreySimcoe

Jul 09, 2021

 

Man’s best friend, your four-legged companion, the apple of your eye. You love your dog (sometimes more than your family) and you dread the idea of leaving them behind when you take a vacation. More and more destinations are realizing this and adjusting their offerings so dog lovers can bring their best friends along for the trip. BruceGreySimcoe has an impressive number of parks, accommodations and eateries who will welcome your pooch with open paws. We’ve compiled a list of dog-friendly destinations across the region. Did we miss one of your favourites? Shoot us an email at info@brucegreysimcoe.com and we’ll add it in.


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Bring Fido website and mobile app 

If you're planning on travelling with your dog, then downloading the Bring Fido app is a great first step. Bring Fido allows you to search by location for accommodations, restaurants and activities that are dog friendly. You can also make reservations directly through the app. With so many new furry family members finding new homes during lockdown, the need for pet-friendly options continues to grow and Bring Fido makes it easy to see what's in your destination. 
 

Grey County

The Municipality of Meaford  

 
 

The home of famed literary canine Beautiful Joe, Meaford has made a name for itself as a dog-friendly destination, becoming one of the first certified pet-friendly communities in Canada. In homage to the best-selling author Margaret Marshall Saunders, the Beautiful Joe Society built and maintains Beautiful Joe Park, an 8.5-acre park with trails for dog walking and the Bighead River running through it. Nearby Memorial Park has an off-leash dog beach, and allows off-leash dogs on the trails in the park from November until April. Also in town, there’s the Beautiful Joe Leash-Free Dog Park, a fenced-in spot for pups to play together under the watchful eye of their owners. 
 
Want to find a dog-friendly business in Meaford? The town has created this handy list of Pet Friendly Businesses.
 

The Blue Mountain Inn
Collingwood, Ontario
 

The Blue Mountain Inn welcomes your four-legged friends for a $50 one-time fee per pet per say. The fee includes a comfy dog bed (in small, medium or large sizes), dog food and water dishes, dog treats and waste disposal bags all provided at check-in. Find out more here and for a complete list of guidelines for those travelling with dogs, click here.


The Westin Trillium House
Collingwood, Ontario 
 

Stay in style at the Westin Trillium House with your furry friend. Two dogs under 40lbs are welcome for no additional fee with dog beds and bowls provided at the front desk. 

Bowering Lodge 

Located in the Beaver Valley, Bowering Lodge is a great basecamp for outdoor activities with your furry friend. Their Whispering Pines Suite is pet friendly and you can get all the details right here

Pet-Friendly Places in South Georgian Bay

 
Our friends at South Georgian Bay Tourism put together this great blog about Pet-Friendly places in the region. Check out their list of dog-friendly places.
 

Bruce County

 
The Saugeen Shores Off-Leash Dog Park in Port Elgin is located at 961 Lehren Street. This off-leash dog park is fully-fenced and open from dusk til dawn.
 

Saugeen Shores Beaches

 
The municipality of Saugeen Shores allows dogs on two local beaches: The North of Saugeen River Beach Access and the North Shore Park Beach Access.  They’ve posted these "Tips for dog owners" visiting the region. 
 

Kincardine Dog Park 

Kincardine is home to a fenced area with an off-leash dog park. Check out the tourism website for all the info on the KinDOG park
 

Other Dog-Friendly Bruce County Beaches

 
Our friends at Explore the Bruce have named five area beaches as dog-friendly destinations: Lion’s Head Beach, MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Inverhuron Provincial Park, Kincardine Station Beach and Point Clark Beach.


Simcoe County

 

Pooches on Patios
Barrie, Ontario

Simcoe.com has compiled a list of places that welcome dogs on their patios in Barrie - The Lazy Tulip Cafe, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, The SpeakcheasyThe Farmhouse Restaurant and Moose Winooski’s.


Dog Parks

  • Wasaga Beach Dog Park and Beach Area 3  The municipality's dog park is located beside the RecPlex at 1724 Mosley St. In addition, the Beachfront Dog Park is located at Beach Area 3 in the Wasaga Beach Provincial Park.
  • Pawplar Park - Collingwood  This popular dog park is located on the Train Trail on Poplar Side Road just outside Collingwood. With ample parking and five-foot fencing, this is a great spot to let your dog run off-leash.
  • Clearview EcoBark Dog Park, Stayner  Located right next to the Clearview Eco Park, the EcoBark, or Dog Park, is a great spot just outside Stayner to bring your four-legged friend. Fully-equipped with tunnels, ramps, a drinking water fountain, a dog washing station, leash holders, benches and picnic tables, the park has a double gated entrance to prevent dogs running off when entering or exiting.
  • Clayt French Dog ParkOrillia  Located at 114 Atlantis Drive in Orillia, this pilot project has become a great success and proven popular with dog owners.
  • Beeton Off-Leash ParkBeeton  Located at Stewart Street East in Beeton, this park divides dogs by size.
  • Innisfil Off-Leash Dog ParkInnisfilLocated in Centennial Park, dogs can run free all year round in this fenced-in space.
  • Little Lake Park and Tiffin Park, Midland  The Town of Midland has two off-leash parks: Little Lake Park and Tiffin Park. To see the rules and details of both click here.
  • Awenda Provincial Park, Tiny.  This popular provincial park has a designated stretch of shoreline that serves as a pet beach. Pets can swim here but must be kept on a two-metre leash.

Looking for more pet-friendly facilities, accommodations and events?  Contact our local information centres who can help you out!