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Is Canada dog friendly?

Canadians are a nation of dog lovers. Toronto has a population of 2.8 million humans and 230000 dogs. Pet friendly accommodation is plentiful, as our dog parks and activities. Unfortunately though strict regulations mean pets aren’t allowed anywhere food is served in most parts of Canada. For a winter visit, this was particularly tough as the Canadian winter is brutal. With limited indoor activities, travelling to Canada with your dog in the winter can be difficult. 

Things to See and Do in and around Toronto

See the CN Tower
Niagara Falls
Wineries of the Niagara region
Steam Whistle Brewery
Toronto's The Beaches

Getting There

Plane – We flew from London Gatwick to Toronto with Air Transat. They allow pets up to 10kg in cabin for an additional fee. Air Canada also allow pets to fly direct to Canada from the UK. Requirements – Canada considers the UK to be rabies free. However, Canada is not rabies free. As such, they will accepts dogs from the UK that haven’t been vaccinated against rabies if they have an export certificate from DEFRA. But, if your dogs has a rabies vaccination, all you need to enter is evidence of this. The EU pet passport is an acceptable document for entry. 

Top Tips

Wrap up warm Canada is cold! Be mindful of how your dog is coping - if it's too cold for you it's too cold for them
Walk Around There are lots of safe, clean walking routes in Toronto and Niagara. Take a long stroll to get the lay of the land.
Buy Pet Booties Most dogs walking around Toronto were wearing booties. This is to protect lil paws from the chemicals found in grit and other de-icing agents.
Breweries and Wineries If you need to escape the cold, have a look for a nearby brewery or winery. They are often dog friendly!
Abbey Walsh

Abbey Walsh

I'm Abbey, Pebbles' momager, biggest fan and ghostwriter. I am primarily responsible for making our travel plans - including getting Pebbles ready to travel! My knowledge on pet friendly travel comes from experience, research and the occasional meltdown.

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