Ultimate Guide To Hiking And Camping With Your Dog

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Be prepared when bringing your pet along on your next hiking or camping adventure with this ultimate checklist for what to remember, what to bring, and the best Canadian pet-friendly spots to enjoy.

Camping or hiking is way more fun when it’s furry - that is, if you bring your dog along! Most dogs love an outdoor adventure even more than we do. If your adventure companion walks on all fours, then you need to make sure that you’re both fully prepared to conquer nature so that you can have the most enjoyable experience.

For you, a relaxing camping trip or exhilarating hike are wonderful escapes from your daily routine. It is all about spending some time out in nature to decompress, enjoy the fresh air, and unwind in front of a campfire.

For your dog, however, a hiking or camping trip is the opportunity to explore a whole new world! Hiking and camping with dogs does require a little bit of preparation to ensure that your dog stays safe and has fun.

Whether you are an expert outdoorsman or a novice fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of adventurer (like me), bringing your dog along for the trip requires a bit of planning and the right tools. To help you keep your dog safe so you can both enjoy the great outdoors, we’ve put together this guide to everything you need to know about hiking and camping with dogs.


Tips for Hiking and Camping with Dogs

Before you head offgtrfcdvf on your next adventure, it’s important to remember some basic adventure dog etiquette and safety tips. These tips will help you plan your trip and make sure that you and your pet are staying safe and having fun.

Before you go:

1. Check the Rules

The first step is to make sure that your campground or hiking trail is pet-friendly. You’d hate to get there only to find out your pooch is barred or will have minimal access. Many family campgrounds have rules about how and if pets are allowed at that site.

Check out sites like Pet Friendly Travel or Bring Fido to find a campground and other vacation spots that allow pets. We’ve listed our favourite pet-friendly campgrounds and hiking trails below!

2. Bring the Right Gear

Make sure you make a checklist of pet products that you’ll need to bring and double-check it before you leave the house. Basics like a leash, collar, harness and ID tags are just a few of the important things you need to bring to keep your dog safe.

Don't forget about any activities you plan to enjoy while you are exploring. Hiking and swimming both require a little extra gear to ensure your dog will be safe. The best dog backpack, dog hiking boots, or a life jacket are all camping gear to consider bringing on your trip.

Adventure Dog Shopping Guide

Keep reading for a complete list of what to bring!

3.  Double Stock

You can't predict what will happen on your adventure, so make sure you bring a few spares, just in case. Having a spare collar or leash is a prime example. It's one of those things that's better to have and not need than the other way around!

4. Meal Prep

It's smart to bring more food than you think you'll need. Summer camping with dogs combined with a high energy hike may warrant an extra meal or two, so having a little more food on hand doesn't hurt.

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Cut out the guesswork, too. Measure out each meal that your dog will need and then add a few more portions to the bag. High-calorie dog treats are also helpful in maintaining energy levels and endurance for more intense activities.

5. Practice Your Recall

It’s best to keep your dog leashed or on a tie-out at your campsite or on the trails, but good recall is still important. If your dog accidentally got loose, you need to be able to call him back quickly and safely.

Practice at home or in your yard using a recall lead or long leash. Make sure to pack lots of tasty snacks to encourage your dog to stay close.

Make sure your dog's ID, vaccines, and licenses are up to date and on him at all times, just in case he does manage to sneak away.

When you arrive:

6. Get the Lay of the Land

This tip is more for camping with dogs than hiking! As soon as you get to the campsite, try to mark a perimeter and walk your dog around the border on a leash, letting him sniff and experience the area.

Giving him a boundary can offer comfort and help your dog feel safer in his “territory.” You can even use visual cues, like flags or coloured strings, to mark the boundary.

7. Provide Shelter

One of the first things you do when getting to a campsite is to set up your tent - that is, if you’re tent camping with your dog. Be prepared to share that tent with him!

It’s unsafe to leave your dog outside of the tent at night, so scooch over, don’t hog the sleeping bag, or get him his own.

Don't forget to offer shelter during the day too. The scorching afternoon sun can be dangerous to your dog, so make sure you set up shaded areas and offer plenty of water to prevent overheating, dehydration, and sunburns.

Check out How to Cool Down Your Dog for some easy tips on keeping your dog's body temperature down!

During your adventure:

8. Stay Hydrated

Wilderness survival rule # 1 is to have fresh, clean water. This applies to your dog too. Hot summer days, hiking, and other adventurous activities are going to leave your dog feeling parched. Always bring more water than you need.

Make sure you know how much water your dog needs every day to stay healthy and hydrated.

Help keep him cool too. Dogs can quickly overheat, so make sure you keep his temperature down with the right shelter, protection, and hydration when hiking or camping with dogs.

9. Stick to a Routine

This may be a vacation, but if this is your dog’s first camping trip, he might be a little nervous about being so out of his element. The best way to curb anxiety is to offer some structure and routine. Offer him some sense of normalcy.

Regular mealtimes, bathroom breaks, and physical and mental activity can all help. Bring toys and plan activities that will keep your dog occupied and calm.

Dog Toys or Camping

10. Fire Safety

When cooking or congregating around the campfire, be sure to follow the proper fire safety.

Chances are your dog is either going to be terrified or fascinated with the campfire. Either way, it’s essential to keep your dog a safe distance from the fire to protect him from the heat and free-floating embers.

Most of your food and snacks will be cooked over the fire, so your dog may be extra curious about that area. Use a tie out or leash to keep him back from the firepit and offer him a comfortable, safe place to relax on, like a bed, mat, or dog sleeping bag.

11. Be Courteous

Whether you are at a campground or just a secluded area in the woods, make sure you are courteous of that space. Of course, you should clean up after yourself, but make sure you clean-up after your dog too.

Properly disposing of your dog’s waste is not only polite, but it’s also safe. Your dog’s droppings could attract unwanted attention from wildlife. When possible, bury your dog's poop at least 200 ft from the trail or your campsite.

Also, be mindful of other campers around you. Make sure your dog is not disturbing other campers by barking, whining, or invading their space. Make sure you bring durable toys or long-lasting chews to keep your dog entertained during your downtime.

12. Wildlife Encounters

When you are out in the wilderness with your dogs, you could contact a variety of wildlife. Make sure you are keeping your pet close and on a leash or tie out.

It’s also a good idea to put a bear bell and an LED light, like the Nite Ize Safety Necklace to ward off unwanted encounters. Most wild animals don’t want to engage you or your dog, so the sound is a great way to give them a heads up that your dog is coming their way, giving them time to retreat.

13. Take it Easy

Even if your dog is an avid hiker or experienced camper, it's important to know his limits. Allow your dog to take breaks when needed. Some dogs don't know when to slow down when hiking or romping around a campsite, so you may need to encourage breaks occasionally. This is a great time to offer snacks, food, and water.

What to Bring

While camping and hiking are mostly fun, it's best to be prepared for unexpected situations. Check out some of our top recommendations for what to bring when taking your dog hiking or camping.

Food & Accessories

Food is a must, but there's more to it than just a bag of kibble. You need to consider his whole nutrition and the accessories he needs to maintain healthy eating habits. Check out some of our top recommendations to make mealtime and snacking a breeze.  

Dog Food

Always bring more than you think you’ll need, and pre-portion in Ziploc bags or containers for ease or bring along a measuring cup for on-the-go portioning. Make sure your containers are airtight for pest control and to prevent food spoilage.

Freeze-Dried or dehydrated dog food is an excellent option for camping because it is light, healthy, nutrient-dense, and tasty! All you have to do is add water.

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Our Top Pick: Stella & Chewy’s Patties

Portable Dishes

Make sure to bring along some dishes for your dog to eat out of. Travel bowls are lightweight and easy to carry around if you go on any adventures. For camping, you need something durable.

Ruffwear Basecamp Bowl

Our Top Pick: Ruffwear Basecamp Bowl

It's also smart to pack a collapsible bowl just in case you decide to venture out on a hike.

Treats 

Bring your dog’s favourites, of course. If you’re hiking, bring high-quality and high-calorie treats that can give your dog more of the energy he needs. Natural jerky treats or freeze-dried treats are fantastic options.

Our Top Pick: Nulo Freestyle Protein Sticks 

Nulo Freestyle Protein Sticks

Long-Lasting Chews 

To keep your dog busy while you’re sitting around the campfire, get a long-lasting treat such as bully sticks or elk antlers. Frozen raw bones are also excellent choices if you have some refrigeration or a cooler available, but won’t be well-suited to hiking.

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Our Top Pick: Eldon’s Free Range Bully Sticks  

Check out Long Lasting Dog Chews for more ideas to keep your dog busy.

Fresh, Clean Water 

It is very important to keep your dog hydrated, so bring plenty if it’s not going to be available at your campsite. Always take water with you when out hiking with your dog and for other activities.

Water Dispenser

Staying hydrated is vital, and having the right tools to offer your dog water frequently throughout your camping trip or hike will ensure your dog remains adequately hydrated.

There are tons of options but pick the style that best suits your dog's drinking habits.

Bring one camping, in the car, for day trips, and long walks.

Don't let your pet drink from standing water, lakes, ponds, or streams that could be riddled with bacteria.

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Our Top Pick: Lap-It-Up Dog Water Bottle

This water bottle-travel bowl combo is ideal for dogs on the go. It holds 20 ounces of water and comes with a neoprene sleeve to keep the water cooler for longer.

Adventure Gear

Nighttime on the campgrounds means sitting around the fire, roasting marshmallows, and relaxing, but during the day it's time for adventures. This could mean hiking, swimming, or other pet-friendly activities.

Make sure you have the right gear to keep your pup safe while you explore the wilderness together.

Leash 

Don’t forget his leash at home! It’s a good idea to stash an extra leash in the car too, just in case one breaks, or you find yourself in need of a spare. You won’t want to be without one. 

Some people like to let their dogs roam in the great outdoors, but we don't recommend it for safety reasons.

Are you looking for a hands-free approach? Runners and hardcore hikers often prefer a hiking belt system over a traditional leash.

Hands-free leashes can be used for jogging or biking, but it’s also a handy leash to have if you are walking. Keep your hands free to explore, use walking poles, or to take pictures without losing control of your dog.

Safety Tip: Keeping your dog on a leash is highly recommended if you are hiking or camping in bear or cougar country. Even for dogs with excellent recall who are used to being off-leash, keeping them close to you on a hike can prevent encounters with wildlife and keep your dog from sampling potentially dangerous berries, plants, and stagnant water your path.

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Our top pick: Ruffwear Trail Runner System

The Trail Runner System is an adjustable belt with a shock absorption leash that is ideal for those that prefer more vigorous hikes.

The belt also offers pockets and comes with a water bottle and water bottle holder. This belt keeps your dogs pulling power at your center of gravity, giving you more control.

Collar with ID Tags 

Always make sure you fit your dog with an appropriately sized collar and that his collar has up-to-date ID tags. Find the best collar for your dog with our Ultimate Dog Collar Guide.

Don't forget to bring along any licenses or vaccination records too. They may be required by the province or state that you are visiting or vacationing in.

With an engravable ID tag, you can customize the information you include. Staying out of town for a few weeks or headed to the cabin? Get a separate tag made with your vacation info on it.

Collars are not always the preferred point of contact for your dog's leash, but a collar is important even if you are using a harness or backpack to control your dog. The collar holds essential information just in case he gets away from you.

Our Top Pick: Kurgo Waterproof Muck Dog Collar

Hiking and camping trips can get a little messy. Choosing a waterproof collar will prolong the life of the collar and make sure it can keep up with your adventure dog.

The durable webbed collar is coated with TPU plastic to make them waterproof, odour-free, lightweight, and easy to clean.

Adventure Dog Shopping Guide

Harness 

Harnesses make for walking that is both more comfortable and safer for your pet. Choose a harness that fits your pet well and doesn't allow for pulling, if it’s a problem for your pet. An excellent no-pull harness for pulling dogs will make the treks more enjoyable. There are many solutions, but we recommend the front clip harness options.

Harnesses are a more secure option than collars. They keep pressure off of your dog's neck and give you more control, and are especially useful to stop your dog from pulling on leash.

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Our Top Pick: Ruffwear Front Range Harness

The Front Range harness is a lightweight harness that is suitable for all types of outdoor activities. The harness is breathable and adjustable to ensure the best fit and comfort for your dog.

With two connection points, the Front Range harness can be used as a no-pull solution or even a two-touch connection for extra security. It also has a small ID tag pocket to store additional tags, poops bags or keys.

Trail Pack 

When heading out on a camping trip, hike or long walk with your doggo, you’ll want to make sure you bring along extra supplies for him, like water, snacks, poop bags and some of the other items listed here!

Dog backpacks are not only a great way for your four-legged explorer to carry his own weight, but also get more of a workout!

It’s important to find the trail pack that’s right for your dog to make sure that they stay comfortable and safe while wearing it. Some of the essential things to look out when deciding which backpack works best include the size, fit, durability and whether or not it has all of the features for what you need it to do!

For a more in-depth overview of what to look for, check out our Best Dog Backpack guide here.

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Our Top Pick: Hurtta Trail Pack

This 2-in-1 harness-backpack combo is ideal for all hikers and outdoor adventures. The saddlebags securely attach to a Y-shaped harness for a comfortable and load stable fit. The padded mesh liner is breathable and soft, preventing chafing or restriction of movement.

The saddle pouches hold up to 10 L and have elastic straps to separate to hold a variety of gear, preventing movement and stabilizing the load.

Bear Bell 

Bear bells can help warn wildlife and other people that you and your dog are around. One of the best ways to avoid a bear attack is to prevent surprising them. While bear bells may help aid, they aren’t completely foolproof.

Make sure you check for announcements on bear activity before camping or hiking, make extra noise around places bears like to frequent, and travel during daylight hours to prevent an encounter.  

Safety Light 

Safety lights clip onto your dog’s leash so that he can remain visible at night, which can come in handy for passing vehicles to see your dog or for you to find him if he happens to get loose.  

Our Top Pick:  Ruffwear Beacon

Poop Bags 

Be a responsible camper and hiker with your dog. Just because you’re in the wild, doesn’t mean you should let your duties slide. Keep poop bags on hand to pick up what your dog leaves behind so that other campers or hikers don’t have to see or smell it.

Our Top Pick: Earth Rated Poopbags

Free Range Bully Sticks

Cooling Products 

It’s probably going to be hot during the day at your campsite.

Remember not to exercise your dog too much in the heat of the day (from 11 AM-4 PM) and choose a campsite with shade or make your own with a shade tent or umbrella.

Our Top Pick:  Ruffwear Jet Stream Cooling Vest

This awesome cooling vest can help keep your pet cool for hours, so they are excellent for the campground or while on a hike.

Check out How to Cool Down Your Dog for some tips for dealing with hot weather.

Life Jacket 

If you’ll be canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, or boating with your dog, you’ll want to get him a dog life jacket for safety. There are a few things to look out for when picking the right one, including the size and fit, practicality, and whether it suits your pooch’s swimming style.

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Photo Credit: @bulliesgonewild

Our Top Pick: Kurgo Surf N' Turf Life Jacket

Our friend Khali, the Miniature Bull Terrier, was nice enough to test this life jacket out for us. Khali is not a strong swimmer, but even for doggos that are, life jackets save lives.

The Kurgo Surf N’ Turf Jacket kept Khali above the water without restricting her movement. The Surf N’ Turf is lightweight, easy to put on, and even comes with a bottle opener on the back for when you are back at the boat and ready to relax.

Hiking Boots 

When someone mentions hiking boots for dogs, you might think to yourself… is that really necessary? But when you think about it, we wear shoes to protect our own feet as we trek over different terrains. Why wouldn’t we do the same for our dogs?

The truth is dogs need shoes way more often than you might think they do, especially on a camping or hiking trip where you’ll encounter some harsher turfs. While your doggo’s ancestors surely explored the earth bare-footed, domestication and city-living have made our pets’ paws a little more vulnerable.

Hiking boots can protect your dog’s paws from unexpected injuries, extreme temperatures, and any unnatural substances like chemicals, pesticides, or debris that might have been left over by other humans.

As you decide what hiking boots will be best for your dog, you’ll want to be sure that the size, fit, breathability, and durability suit her needs. 

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Our Top Pick: Ruffwear Grip Trex

These all-terrain boots are easy to put on and use a secure hydrophobic hook and loop closure system to ensure the boots stay on and in position. The non-marking Vibram soles provide a superior grip for safer exploration.

At the Campsite

All the hard stuff is out of the way now, so let's make sure your dog can enjoy the rest and relaxation that comes with camping. Here's some of the best dog camping gear for making sure your pup is comfortable and safe at the campsite.

Bed or Sleeping Bag 

Your dog will need a bed or dog sleeping bag for comfort at the campsite, and if she’s used to being inside, she’ll probably need a blanket for warmth, too. Make sure both are machine-washable and made of durable material.

Our Top Pick: Hurtta Outback Dreamer

Tie-Outs

Tie-Outs are necessary for your dog if you want him to be able to enjoy the outdoors while you're out camping. Many campsites are for on-leash pets only. Get a good quality stake, particularly if your dog is a strong puller.

This is one purchase where a better-quality product can make a big difference. Also choose a cable that is designed to withstand your pet’s weight and pulling instead of just going with a plain leash.

For smaller dogs or puppies, an exercise pen can provide some off-leash entertainment. Just make sure you always supervise; in case your dog tries to climb or jump out.

Our Top Pick: Howard Pet Products Retractable Tie Out Cable

Crate or Kennel 

You’ll want to bring a crate or carrier along for your dog to sleep in or for when you need to keep him safely contained (and a blanket to cover at night). Soft carriers are best for smaller breeds, and the carrier can easily be brought into the tent with you at night.

If you are bringing a metal crate, make sure you place it in the shade for your pet’s comfort – those metal bars can get hot! Alternatively, you can share your tent with your pooch. Just make sure you call dibs on big spoon.

Our Top Pick:  Precision Crates

Kennels and crates are also good for travelling to and from your camping trip.  Precision crates are easily foldable for easy storage when they are not in use. They can be used to safely secure your dog in the car.  

Coat or Sweater 

Just in case the weather takes a turn for the worse, you may want to pack along a coat or sweater for your dog, particularly if he’s sensitive to cold weather. You can't predict the weather, so a raincoat, like our pick below may be a valuable accessory to pack.

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Our Top Pick: Hurtta Rain Blocker

Towel 

For quick drying off after swimming or if it rains. Your dog probably doesn’t mind shaking it off the natural way, but you probably want to keep the camper or the tent clean and dry. You’ll want to find a towel that is highly absorbent that can quickly dry your dog off.

Our Top Pick: The Dirty Dog Shammy

Toys 

There are so many fun toys to enjoy at the campsite – Kong Classic and Flyer, Nerf Toys, Rubber Toys, and Chuckit! Ball Launcher to name a few. Check out this list of our 25 Best Outdoor Dog Toys for Summer for more ideas.  

Our Top Pick: West Paw Dash Dog Frisbee

It can be used for a rowdy game a fetch, or as a fun water toy for whatever outdoor activities you have planned. Check out our list of the best floating dog toys for dogs that love the water.

Pet First Aid & Safety

Camping trips are mostly fun and games for everyone, but it’s always wise to be prepared. Campsites are typically pretty far from town or the local vet’s office, so you’ll want to have the proper first aid and safety supplies on hand to care for your pet if anything happens!

Pet First Aid Kit 

Purchase a pet first aid kit for your trip. This will make sure you are prepared for minor injuries, like scrapes and bug bites. Cleaning and disinfecting a wound can prevent an injury from worsening or a cut from getting infected until you get back to civilization.  

first-aid-kitOur Top Pick: Kurgo Dog First Aid Kit

Insect Repellent 

To prevent your dog from bug bites and the diseases that may come with them, use a pet-friendly insect repellent. Never use DEET products on pets.

Our Top Pick:  Citrobug Insect Hunt

Or look for pet products labelled coat conditioner or outdoor spray that contain natural pest repellent ingredients like citronella, cloves, peppermint, or lemongrass.

You can also make your own natural version at home. Check out this recipe for a DIY Natural Bug Spray to see how simple it is.

Flea & Tick Protection 

You’ll want to make sure your pet is protected against fleas and ticks, particularly if you are going out camping, hiking, or into areas with long grass or brush.

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Our Top Pick: Bayer K9 Advantix II

Preventative treatments like this one can get rid of and protect against fleas, ticks, and mites. It even helps to reduce mosquito and black fly attacks.

De-Wormer 

While dewormers may not be entirely necessary while you are away camping, you’ll want to keep a close watch on your pet once you get home. Your dog might come in contact with other pets and wildlife, and the excrement of both, where your pet could pick up worms.

If you are looking for natural preventative measures, check out our top pick below!

Our Top Pick: Thrive Diatomaceous Earth

Anxiety Treatment 

Does your pet have anxiety issues? You will want to bring along something to help keep your anxious dog feeling calm and relaxed, as anxiety can be worse in new places.

Our Top Pick: Thundershirt

The Thundershirt is an effective anxiety solution that uses gentle pressure, not sedatives or other drugs, to calm your pet.

Other calming solutions, like pheromone sprays, calming chews, and hemp or CBD pet products are great options for pets that don’t do well with clothing.

Vet Records

You should always bring a copy of your pet’s vet records when you travel with your pet, especially if you are crossing provincial or country borders. You never know when you might need them.

Paw Protectant 

Some dogs just downright refuse to wear boots. Others just have odd paw shapes or sizes that make sizing boots impossible. If this is your dog, then you’ll want to get a paw protectant.

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Our Top Pick: Musher's Secret.

Musher's Secret is a natural paw protector made from food-safe waxes. It can condition pads and provide a protective layer against temperature, chemicals, and small debris.

The wax can be applied 2-3 times per week to keep paw pads healthy or can be used before hikes or other outdoor activities to protect against the elements.

They aren't a perfect replacement dog hiking boots but they are the next best thing if boots are just not an option. If you choose this option of paw protection, make sure you pack some minor first aid gear, just in case your dog does end up injuring his paw.

Sunscreen 

Did you know dogs can get sunburnt, too? The areas around the muzzle, ears, back, and belly are most prone to sunburns. Hairless and white or light-colour coated breeds are particularly susceptible too. You’ll want to find the right sunscreen to keep your dog safe from the sun's harmful rays.

Our Top Pick: Hurtta Sun Blocker   

Human sunscreen is not safe to use on dogs, and dog-safe sunscreens are hard to find. It's best to limit your dog's sun exposure even if you use pet sunscreen. Try to find shaded paths or set-up a covered area for your dog to hang out in during the hottest parts of the day.  

Regular Supplements or Medication

Make sure you keep your pet on their regular supplements or medication for their continued comfort and relief. Pet supplements for hip and joint care, skin and coat care, and seasonal allergies are especially important to keep up with as these conditions can get worse when your pet is spending more time outdoors.

Odour Control and Cleaning 

Your pet is likely to get dirty while out camping or hiking. While you may not want to bring your dog’s shampoo with you, it’s a good idea to bring along pet wipes for cleaning quick messes off your pet’s coat.

Our Top Pick: Earthbath Pet Wipes

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Where to Go

Now that you’re prepared with everything you need to know about camping and hiking with your dog, you’re probably excited to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors with your furry companion by your side.

So where can you go? We’ve put together the following list of our favourite pet-friendly campsites and hiking trails in each province.

1. Alberta

Best Dog-Friendly Campground in Alberta

Marten River Campground

The campgrounds at Marten River on Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park are a beautiful backdrop for your next outdoor adventure. All 112 campsites are perfect for families and those wanting to bring along their furry friends! Find your way to the beach shore by taking a stroll down one of the several walking pathways and fairytale-like bridges!

One of the awesome parts about this campground is that there is an off-leash area for you and your dog to enjoy on the north side of the beach!

Best Dog-Friendly Hiking Trail in Alberta

Mistaya Canyon Hike

The Mistaya Canyon hike in Banff National Park is perfect for hikers and dogs at any skill level! It’s an easier and shorter trek, so if you’re looking for more of a challenge, you might want to try another hike within the park. Enjoy the rock formations and captivating waterfalls.

2. British Columbia

Best Dog-Friendly Campground In British Columbia

Marble Canyon Campgrounds

Up in the mesmerizing mountain vistas of the Kootenay National Park, the Marble Canyon Campgrounds are another one of our favourite dog-friendly places to escape. You’ll be amazed by the stunning mountain views and revived by the brisk air of the high country. It is situated in the center of several hiking trails for you and your dog to enjoy!

Best Dog-Friendly  Hiking Trail in British Columbia

St. Mark’s Summit Hike

This hike in West Vancouver is another thrilling adventure that you can bring your pup along on! Starting at the Cypress Mountain Alpine Resort, St. Mark’s Summit is not for inexperienced or incapable breeds. It is a steep climb, but worth the gorgeous views of Howe Sound and the Strait of Georgia.

3. Manitoba

Best Dog-Friendly Campground in Manitoba

Clearwater Lake Provincial Park

You’ll discover a couple of amazing dog-friendly campgrounds at Clearwater Lake Provincial Park in Manitoba, including Pioneer Bay and Campers Cove. These campgrounds are a short walk to the beach and a great trip for prime fishing.

Best Dog-Friendly Hiking Trail in Manitoba

Walking on Ancient Mountains Hike

Located close to the Nopiming Provincial Park, this short but moderately difficult hike is a great way for you and your pet to get some exercise and take in the breathtaking views of the lake and forests in the distance once you reach the top.

4. New Brunswick

Best Dog-Friendly Campground in New Brunswick

Fundy National Park

Within Fundy National Park, there are several campgrounds that allow you to bring your pooch along with you, as long as you keep them on a leash and keep a close eye on them. The park is overflowing with magnificent views and trails to explore. Whether you prefer a front-country camping experience or a more secluded backcountry camping adventure, Fundy National Park welcomes you and your four-legged family member to enjoy its untouched natural wilderness. 

Best Dog-Friendly Hiking Trail in New Brunswick

Laverty Falls Trail at Fundy National Park

In addition to the dog-friendly campgrounds within Fundy National Park, there are a number of hiking trails to enjoy ranging from easy to pretty challenging. One of our favourites is Laverty Falls. Striking views of the forest, fall colours and a curtain waterfall with a swimming hole that you can dip your feet in for a refreshing bookend to your hike.

5. Newfoundland and Labrador

Best Dog-Friendly Campground in Newfoundland and Labrador

Pistolet Bay Campground

If you’re looking for a beautiful waterfront campground on the east coast, the Pistolet Bay Campground is a noteworthy location. Tucked away in Pistolet Bay Provincial Park, it’s great for RV camping or tent camping with dogs and makes for a perfect island getaway with its hiking, swimming, fishing and other family fun activities.

Best Dog-Friendly Hiking Trail in Newfoundland and Labrador

Eastern Point Trail

This hiking trail located on the west coast of NL is welcoming to dogs and people of any skill level! When hiking with dogs on this trail, you can enjoy a breezy meadow stroll along the ridge while taking in the rocky landscape and gorgeous greenery. It’s topped off with a waterfall!

6. Nova Scotia

Best Dog-Friendly Campground in Nova Scotia

Whale Cove Campground

There are a wide variety of dog-friendly beach campgrounds in Nova Scotia. Our favourite is Whale Cove Campground! It’s a picturesque location central to the most scenic hikes and activities.

Best Dog-Friendly Hiking Trail in Nova Scotia

Crow’s Nest Trail

Surrounded by classic NS landscapes, this dog-friendly hiking trail is relatively challenging but incredibly rewarding! You and your pup can get your blood pumping while enjoying views of two lakes, a waterfall and a clifftop vantage point once you reach the Crow’s Nest.

7. Ontario

Best Dog-Friendly Campground in Ontario

Bon Echo Campgrounds

Within the Bon Echo Provincial Park, there are several family-friendly campgrounds for you to enjoy with your dog. The camping spots, nestled between the Canadian Shield Lakes, offer a more secluded backcountry camping experience. Feast your eyes on the stunning views of

Best Dog-Friendly Hiking Trail in Ontario

Sherwood Park

Throughout Sherwood Park, you and your four-legged friend can enjoy one of the multiple loops for an easy-going hike. There is also an off-leash part of the park!

8. Prince Edward Island

Best Dog-Friendly Campground in PEI

Twin Shores Camping Area

If you and your pup are beach lovers, the Twin Shores Camping Area is a paradise! Although the private beach does not allow dogs, other public parts of the shoreline do as long as your four-legged beach buddy is kept on leash.

Best Dog-Friendly Hiking Trail in PEI

Confederation Trail

This hiking trail begins and ends at each end of Prince Edward Island and it’s for those who are looking for a more serious hike with their dog. You’ll follow a stoned path that makes its way through lusciously green forests and scenic ocean views.

9. Quebec

Best Dog-Friendly Campground in Quebec

Camping de la Joie

Camping de la Joie is another dog-friendly campsite we recommend! It’s a great escape to nature without being too far from the city.

Best Dog-Friendly Hiking Trail in Quebec

Sepaq Provincial Parks

As of May 2019, dogs are now welcome in Sepaq Provincial Parks! If you haven’t taken your pooch on an adventure in any of the beautiful Quebec parks since they’ve become pet-friendly, you definitely should. Be sure to check the list of authorized locations within the parks that your furry friend will be allowed before making the journey.

10. Saskatchewan

Best Dog-Friendly Campground in Saskatchewan

Craven World Campground

Family and pet-friendly, this campground is perfect for a peaceful getaway with your dog. Enjoy the tumbling hills of greenery and magnificent sunsets.  

Best Dog-Friendly Hiking Trail in Saskatchewan

Grasslands National Park

Within Grasslands National Park, you’ll discover a variety of dog-friendly front-country and backcountry hiking trails. Whether you and your pup are less experienced hikers or free-spirited, adventurous types, the wide-open prairie landscapes of Grasslands National Park have plenty of trails to choose from for an invigorating experience!

Adventure Awaits

Both camping and hiking offer a great way to help your dog explore new environments, get some exercise, and learn new skills. We hope these tips will help you keep your dog safe and make his first outdoor adventure fun, relaxing, and exciting!

Where's your favourite place to hike or camp with your dog? Let us know in the comments below!


Posted by Krystn Janisse

Krystn Janisse

Krystn is a passionate pet nutrition enthusiast. She has worked in the pet industry for over a decade and loves to share her passion for animal welfare with others. She loves all animals but is currently channelling some crazy cat lady vibes with her five lovable, but rebellious cats.


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