Many of us enjoy spending time with our dogs outside – and camping is no exception! But it’s important to respect the rules so everyone has a good time. Check out these tips for Camping with dogs from Ontario Parks!
Keep dog on a leash (less than 2 metres) at all times. This is required by park regulation.
- Pick up and dispose of your dog’s waste in the garbage. Parks often have free dog waste bags available.
- Keep your dog from chasing/harassing wildlife.
- Use designated ‘dog beaches’ only for swimming (if available)
- Pets are not permitted to make excessive noise or disturb others; if your dog is a ‘barker’, avoid the stress and consider not bringing Fido on this trip!
- Pets are not permitted in park buildings.
- If bugs are bothering your dog, consult with your veterinarian about the best bug repellent option for your pet.
- Bringing your dog is not a solution to avoid wildlife confrontations: dogs can actually attract the attention of wildlife.
- Not all campgrounds allow dogs – check the park regulations before reserving your site. Use the park locator tool to find parks with designated pet exercise areas.
With these tips in mind, enjoy your summer camping with your dog!
Visit the Ontario Parks website at ontarioparks.com for more helpful tips, as well as information on camp sites and rates for the coming season. Please note that provincial parks are not part of the Parks Canada initiative and visitors will still be required to pay for admission and services.