Summer is nearly here and we love spending as much time outdoors with our family and friends…and that goes for our furry ones too! From day trips to a local park to an overnight getaway, it’s time to get planning! Camping anyone? Not only is finding a location that is pet friendly important but a recent PetSmart Canada customer survey found that 66 per cent of pet parents believe it’s “very important”’ to have the right accessories when travelling with a pet.
“No longer are pets left behind for summer plans. Pet parents are looking to bring their furry friends along on all their summer travels,” said Kristin Shane, senior vice president of merchandising for PetSmart. “Whether you’re playing in your backyard or exploring the great outdoors, our Arcadia Trail collection has all the gear and supplies pets, and pet parents need to adventure together this summer.”
Ensure your pet has an ID tag and/or is microchipped in the event that you get separated.
Always make sure your dog is leashed and wearing a well-fitting and durable collar or harness. We found a long lead that can be anchored or secured comes in super handy too!
Keep hydrated! You and your pup! Bring along collapsable water bowls to save space as well as ergonomically designed travel water bottles that make giving your dog water breaks easier than ever.
Provide your pup with a safe spot to rest and get relief from the sun. Pet Tents are great for offering shade and a quiet place. The Arcadia Trail Outdoor Lightweight Shade Tent is ideal for small /medium sized pets. It’s easy to unpack/pack, assemble with lots of mesh air vents to let air flow through and keep pesky bugs out. Be sure to give your pet time to get familiar with something new prior to heading out on a camping trip!
Carry a first aid kit, even a human kit will have most of the supplies you and your pet would likely need for any cuts, bruises, or abrasions.
Find out where the closest animal hospital or clinic is located in case of emergencies and have your vet’s information handy.
Dog Friendly Camping Grounds in Canada:
If you’re looking to spend some time in the great outdoors of Canada then here are a few pet friendly places to visit from our pet loving community! If it’s your pet’s first time then stick closer to home before going on a bigger adventure. Have a great camping spot to recommend? Please feel free to drop your faves in the comment section below!
Before heading out, do your research! Be aware that at Parks Canada destinations dogs must be on-leash at all times to protect other campers and to protect the wildlife. Check private camping grounds for their rules and regulations when camping with pets. Also, remember wildlife can be triggered by another animal’s behaviour. Never leave your pet unattended. There are many pet-friendly camping grounds and some will have an additional pet fee.
Golden Ears Provincial Park (BC): Mowgli’s pawrents are avid travellers and they highly recommend Golden Ears Provincial Park. “From the big coniferous trees and countless (pet friendly) hiking trails, to the stunning lake with multiple beach access points (also pet friendly) –Golden Ears truly checks all the boxes for a great west coast camping trip!” says Jenna. She also tells us there are two different campgrounds located within the park and are both pet friendly. The park offers a number of sites with hook ups for RVs, but Jenna tells us she prefers tent camping. Even better when it’s off season. It’s a relaxing trip with their dog Mowgli filled with hiking, swimming and lots of cozy naps.
Bon Echo(Ontario): Dawson’s owner Melissa said while it was a bit of a trek to the dog friendly camping grounds it was well worth it. “The location at Bon Echo was backcountry so we had to park them canoe out to the site. We enjoyed the space and not a lot of people around.” She also loves the Mazinaw Rock where they could hike with him.
Sandbanks (Ontario): Melissa tells us she and Dawson also loves this location for it’s designated dog area at the beach for day use and for campers. She adds, “I like that it’s also near Prince Edward County so we can go for wineries tour for the day.”
Sibbald Point (Ontario): is about an hour’s drive outside of the city making this destination very appealing for a day trip or an overnight camp if you want to start closer to home. This park also has a designated dog area that Dawson loves.
Camelot Island near Gananoque (Ontario): Hershey travels within the province and by boat! around the Ontario waterways and his owner Heather tells us this is a popular location for families with dogs to enjoy the great outdoors. “The island is located in the 1000 Islands and not only is it a beautiful place but it’s got great camping grounds, docks, outhouses and trails for exploring and walks. People kayak over with their dogs too!”
Huttopia Sutton (ON): If “glamping” is more your style — that is, the tent is already ready and waiting, then this location may be an perfect place to bring your pup. Close to hiking trails Comes equipped with beds, some with in-tent or cabin bathrooms, dining area. We spotted this pet friendly locale that makes it easy for families to enjoy the rustic outdoors without the hassles of bringing all the gear. Additional pet fee applies. There’s also an on-site bar and restaurant if you really don’t want to “ruff” it.
Safety, First Aid & Medication:
Flea and tick season is not just a pesky nuisance but can lead to more serious complications. Be sure to check with your vet to determine what is the best preventative medication for your pet. Let them know where you’ll be camping even if it’s close by. In fact, there is an increase in tick activity in parks in the city. Also, prepare a first aid kit for your pet in case of emergencies and minor health related situations – tweezers, tick removing tools, bandages, small scissors. Take a photo of your pet’s most up to date vaccinations and any aversions to medication should you have to visit an animal hospital.
If you’re planning to be around water and your pet may not be too familiar with lake life, then invest in a lifejacket to keep him safe. Bright yellow and orange help to identify your dog quickly especially if you’re visiting popular locations.
Even the most seasoned outdoor enthusiasts may have questions on how to keep pets safe while on summer adventures. PetSmart Canada locations will be hosting Summer Demo Days (June 11, 12, 18 and 19)with experts on-hand to help pet families find the right products for their little buddies. Learn more and schedule your one-on-one meeting with an expert at PetSmart.ca/SummerDemoDays.
Enter for a chance to win a $150 PetSmart Gift Card for your pet’s outdoor adventures this summer!
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Contest Closes On June 17, 2022 at 12:00 pm noon EST.
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