Tips for camping with your dog this summer

by | General Pet Care |

This year, Parks Canada has offered free day-use to Canada’s National Parks, which means more adventuring in national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites across the country!

If you’re planning on bringing your dog with you on your next camping or hiking outing, here are some tips to help you be prepared.

Camping with Dogs – Tips from Ontario Parks

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    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 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.


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