Planning on travelling with pets in Canada or abroad? We’ve got all you need to know for your next pet-friendly vacation. Here are some of the best places where to travel with your pet in Canada and the U.S.
Travelling with animals can be quite stressful for both you and your pet(s), and maybe even for other people, too! We found some places that go the extra mile in making nomadic life easier for animals and their humans. As a bonus, we’ve included some travel tips that will help ensure that you and your fur-babies have the best time possible. Read on to find the best places to go when travelling with pets.
Where to Travel with Pets in Canada
Explore some of the best dog and cat-friendly destinations across the country below.
Wondering where you can travel with your pet in Toronto? Our biggest city is filled with pet-friendly hotels (over 200, but who’s counting?!). Take your pick between Victoria’s Mansion Guest House, which allows small pets, doesn’t charge any pet fees and allows for more than two furry friends as guests. Or try something more upscale and central in Toronto like the Novotel Toronto Centre. There are no fees for pet guests and you can bring more than two (only small dogs allowed).
There are plenty of places to bring your pets in Toronto. You can take them (must be on leash) to Centre Island, and pets can ride the ferry for free. Toronto’s many beaches also allow dogs, and some good outdoor dog-friendly spots in Toronto include Cherry Beach, Don Valley Brick Works Park, and Earl Bales Leash Free Dog Park. Note that pets aren’t allowed in restaurants (including patios) in Ontario.
Vancouver is one of the most dog-friendly cities in Canada. It’s been ranked 6th as the most dog-friendly city in North America. People seem to bring their pets with them everywhere in Vancouver. There are over 100 pet-friendly hotels in the city, including plenty to choose from if you’re staying in North Vancouver. The Westin Grand Vancouver allows big dogs (1 pet max) and doesn’t charge any pet fees. Another great choice is the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, with no pet fees and 2+ small pets allowed.
If you’re travelling in Vancouver, the popular Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a great place to bring your dog. They’re even allowed to cross the suspension bridge (keep them on a leash, of course!).
If you’re looking for more recommendations, we’ve compiled a list of the top pet-friendly hotels in Canada.
With lots of pet-friendly restaurants, walking trails, and activities, Canmore is one of Canada’s best cities for travelling with pets. Big or small, your dog(s) will have a blast here in Canmore! Choose from a ton of pet-friendly hotels and lodges here, including the Days Inn by Wyndham and the Best Western Plus Pocaterra Inn, which both welcome big dogs (more than two pets allowed).
For more information on where to travel with pets, check out the website Bring Fido. You can type in your city and find the top dog and cat-friendly places around.
If you’re wondering where to travel with pets in Tofino, head to one of the top pet-friendly resorts in the province: Long Beach Lodge Resort. This resort located in breathtaking Tofino offers VIP (very important pet) rooms such as a pet-friendly lodge or a Rainforest cottage. They are all at beach-level so you can easily run out of the room and onto the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean. Pet-proofed accommodations feature laminate flooring, scratch-proof doors, extra mats, durable fabrics on furniture and curtain hems that are water-resistant. Someone thought ahead!
They allow two pets per room for a one-time fee of $50. You will be greeted with pet necessities like dishes, blankets, towels and of course, treats. They even offer scratching posts for cats. Big guys are welcome here, there is no size limit for your pets. They also offer pet-sitting and dog-walking services so you can spend the day catching waves without worry.
Top Dog-Friendly Destinations in the U.S.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground in Disney World, Florida
No family vacation is complete without the dog! This pup’s paradise allows up to two pets for $5 on the campground and $50 in the cabins (prices are per dog, per night). Canine guests will be greeted with a Pluto’s Welcome kit: complete with an ID tag, mats, bowls, and other amenities.
You can let your dog roam off-leash in the Waggin’ Trails Dog Park or on-leash through one of the many trails. Presumably, you would want to visit the Disney World theme park (when in Rome!), so they kindly offer day and overnight kennel care. That way, all you have to worry about is keeping your lunch down on all those rides. Proof of vaccination is required.
Dog Bark Park Inn B&B in Cottonwood, Idaho
It’s all in the name here. This family-owned B&B in Idaho is a celebration of man’s best friend. The building is shaped like a beagle and everything is dog-themed. So, I’m guessing they like dogs? They allow up to two animal companions for a nominal fee of $15 per night. Views of prairies and mountains will wow the human folk while four-legged friends will love hiking in the endless trails of Hells Canyon national recreation area.
Top Tips for Travelling with Your Pet
Small cats and lapdogs get special benefits due to their meagre size. They get to ride with you in the flight cabin, you can carry them in your arms, and they can be easier to travel with in general.
There are perks for plus-sized pets too of course. They’re the ideal companions on long hiking adventures that would quickly exhaust the little guys. If you’re planning long days of travelling on foot, a large dog can be easier to work with.
Most hotels will have a policy stating that you cannot leave your pet unattended in your room. So your little buddy will likely be joining you on all your adventures. Otherwise, you will want to look into a kennel or pet-sitting services in the area.
Play it safe
If the behaviour of your furry companion is unpredictable, you’re best to keep them contained or on a tight leash for as long as you are around other humans and animals. Even if your pet is normally well-behaved, new situations with new sounds and smells can set them off. If you’re venturing into a totally new scenario it’s best to play it safe until you see how they act.
Be aware of the local culture and customs
Different cultures have different attitudes toward domesticated animals. Be mindful when travelling to areas where your animal may intimidate or even frighten locals. Don’t assume that everyone wants to be greeted by your furry friend. It’s important to manage your animal so that people around you feel safe. Let people who are interested approach your pet, and not vice versa.
Does my pet count as baggage?
Yes, your pet is considered baggage. Not just because you got custody of them in your last break up. If your pet comes in the cabin with you, you are allowed either a carry-on item or a personal item. You still have a limit of two items (your pet being one of them). A kennel in the baggage compartment is considered checked luggage.
Here’s the government of Canada’s page with guidelines for international travel with pets, complete with links to documents you will need to complete prior to taking off.
Pet Travel Guides
From dog cafés to the best pet-friendly hotels in the country, here are some ways you can make the most when travelling with your pet.
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- The Ultimate Guide to Flying with Pets
- Top Pet Cafés Around the World