Dog-Friendly Destinations in BruceGreySimcoe

Oct 04, 2019

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 and we’ll add it in.

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 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. Dog owners are invited to bring their pooch to the Dog Days of Summer Pooch Pool Party at the Blue Dolphin Pool at the close of summer each year.
Want to find a dog-friendly business in Meaford? The town has created this handy list of Pet Friendly Businesses right here.
The Grey
Thornbury, Ontario
This newly opened waterview establishment allows well-behaved pups on its patio. Find out more on The Grey website.
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.

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 it out here.

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.
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
Tourism Barrie has compiled a list of places that allow Pooches on Patios in the city. The Lazy Tulip Cafe, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, The Farmhouse Restaurant and Moose Winooski’s all allow dogs on their outdoor patios.

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!