Can’t bear to leave your dog at home? In Ontario’s Highlands, we don’t want you to! When visiting here for a daytrip or longer getaway we can guarantee you a tail-wagging experience where the fun is fully ‘unleashed.’ (puns intended)

Think dog-friendly trails, patios, shops, and accommodations where your fur-baby is treated like a VIP (aka very important pet). 

Consider this your pup-approved dog-friendly guide to Ontario’s Highlands. 

Paws and Play Outdoors

Stumbling upon a dog-friendly trail or outdoor area when you’re traveling is like finding gold – after all, your furry best friend needs time to stretch his or her legs and explore the outdoors, just like you do. Below are a few spots that welcome dogs in outdoor spaces but this list is definitely not exhaustive.

• Haliburton Sculpture Forest - Haliburton
• PAWS Dog Park – Killara Station
Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve – Haliburton Highlands
Bonnechere Caves – Eganville (not in caves but outdoors at the picnic area etc.)
Haliburton County Rail Trail – Haliburton (join them for Sunday Rambles on the trail, a weekly outing. Follow them at Friends of the Rail trail for more info)
Blueberry Mountain – Flower Station
Mill of Kintail - Almonte

Dog-Friendly Patios, Cafes, and Breweries

Grabbing a bite to eat after a day of exploring is doggy nirvana, and you won’t run short of dog-friendly patios, cafes or breweries in Ontario’s Highlands. 

The Scoop - Stirling

Cafes & Eateries

Coutts Coffee Roasters – Perth
Oh-el-la Café – Calabogie 
Bancroft Brew Pub - Bancroft
The Granite - Bancroft
The Rockcliffe – Moore Falls
The Scoop – Stirling
The Locks Restaurant – Perth (patio)
The Stone Cellar – Perth (patio)


Whitewater Brewing Co. - Cobden
Boshkung Brewing Co. - Carnarvon
Haliburton Highlands Brewing Co. – Haliburton
Cartwright Springs Brewery - Pakenham

Bring Your Pup Overnight

Dogs really are man’s best friend – they are here for us 365 days a year, so why would we leave them behind for some of our biggest overnight adventures? For your next getaway, bring along the family dog, and make your holiday even more special. Below is a sampling of dog-friendly accommodations in Ontario’s Highlands, but this list is not exhaustive. 

Always check ahead with the accommodation before booking to verify they are still welcoming dogs and to learn about any additional costs or cleaning fees you might encounter. 

• Springwood Cottage Resort – Arden  
• Myer’s Cave Resort - Cloyne  
• Bonnie View Inn - Haliburton  
• Silver Springs Cottage Resort - Harcourt  
H2H Cottage Co. - Kennisis Lake  
Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve - Haliburton   
• Ash Grove Inn - Barry's Bay  
• Anupaya Cabin Co. - Deep River  
• Bancroft Inn & Suites - Bancroft  
• Sword Motor Inn - Bancroft  
Birch Cliff Lodge – Baptise Lake   
• Deacon Escarpment - Golden Lake  
Best Western Pembroke Inn & Conference Centre - Pembroke  
• Perth Best Western Parkside Inn & Spa - Perth  
• Best Western Smiths Falls - Smiths Falls  
• Ottawa Valley Coffee Inn - Renfrew  
• Camp Adelaide - Haliburton  
The Haliburton Post House - Minden  
• Lakeview Motel - Haliburton  
Lakewoods Cottage Resort - Dwight  
• Loralea Country Inn Resort - Halls Lake  
• Nomi Resort - Harcourt  
Oxtongue Lake Cottages - Oxtongue Lake  
Pinestone Resort, Conference Centre, Spa & Golf Course - Haliburton  
• Red Umbrella Inn - Minden  
• Somerset Lakeside Resort - Bancroft  
• Twin Lakes Resort - Minden  
• White Birches Cottage Resort - Dwight  
• Wolf Den Nature Retreat  - Oxtongue Lake 
Dimensions Retreats - Algonquin Highlands