It’s camping time! Things are starting to open up again, and we are closer to normalcy now than we have been in the last year or so. We can finally look forward to nights by the fire, tromping around the forest with our family and pups and some good ol’ smores. Let’s put it this way; it may just be the best quality time you’ll ever spend with your family sleeping under the stars!
We are here to break down the best places to camp with your dog in Ontario. You deserve to take a great camping trip this summer with your family and furry friends. There is nothing like bonding with your family in the great outdoors and enjoying nature together.
Camp With Your Dog At Wesley Clover Park!
Wesley Clover Park is located 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa. This dog-friendly campsite has plenty of hiking trails to explore and paths to bike on. Feel free to bring your RV, haul your trailer, or pitch a tent for a more authentic experience! The sites provide electricity, water, picnic tables and a firepit. Your dog is more than welcome to join you on all outdoor adventures as long as they are kept on a leash and not left outside unattended.
Ponderosa Campground & Trailer Park
Ponderosa is a family campground and trailer park located less than an hour away from Toronto. This campground has been around for over 40 years and offers camping cabins and two-bedroom cottages for those who still want the outdoor experience but do not have a camping unit. Here you can pitch a tent or park your RV. There is also a large baseball field along the main road that leads to the park! A security guard patrols the campsite at night to make sure you and your family feel safe and secure.
Bon Echo Provincial Park
Bon Echo is ready to welcome you back to their campgrounds this season! This gorgeous park has a multitude of available activities for you and your family to take part in. You can go canoeing, boating, fishing, or hiking on any of the trails! Bon Echo has a camping experience to suit everyone. Whether you want to enjoy backcountry camping or roofed accommodation, this park will give you an enjoyable experience. This park also features a dog exercise area. Your pup can enjoy some off-leash time and get to know other dogs while on vacation!
Before You Camp With Your Dog, Prepare For The Car Ride
Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise before you leave for your drive to the campsite. The last thing you want is an energetic dog in the car while you’re trying to drive safely. Depending on how long your drive is and how long your dog can control their bladder, you may want to consider making pitstops along the way to relieve themselves.
Other Camping Essentials For Your Pup
Your dog will still need a few essential items while you’re out enjoying nature. Consider packing your dogs’ bed and a few of their favourite toys, so they have a little piece of home with them. Don’t forget to pack their bowls (for both food and water) and enough food to last them the entire trip. Since most (if not all) campgrounds request that you keep your campsite clean, be sure you pack enough poop bags to pick up after your dog. It may be a good idea to get your dog on a heartworm, flea and tick treatment to keep them protected in case they are bit by any bugs! Make sure your dogs’ pet ID tags are up-to-date. If you become separated from each other, someone can call you and return them to you.
There is no doubt that your pets enhance your holiday experience. Being able to camp with your pup, and creating new memories that will last a lifetime is priceless! You can always have the best time with your dog as long as you preplan your vacations to ensure they will have the proper accommodations.
You know your dog best. If you think the car ride or camping experience would be more stressful and less fun for your pooch, we are here to help care for them while you enjoy your camping trip.
Morag is the owner and founder of York Regions most trusted premier in-home pet care and dog walking companies. In 2000 she saw a need for an alternative to kennels, catteries for family pets in the area and has always believed that pets are much happier and less stressed staying in their own familiar environment. Morag and her team are all certified in Pet 1st Aid and CPR, she also offers continuous training to her team members through online and hands on pet care and pet behaviour and care courses. Morag has earned her certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Professional Dog Walking and Canine Attendant training. She has lived in the Newmarket/Aurora area since 1991 is a wife, a mother of 2 adult children and a grandmother of 2 delightful little balls of energy. She has also been owned by fish, birds, mice, rats, cats, dogs, gerbils and guinea pigs and is an advocate for all living creatures. In her spare time she likes to be involved in her community and events travelling, reading and cooking.