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september 21, 2021

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Bring your furry family member on your next trip to these dog-friendly accommodations!

We all know dogs are a human’s best friend.  Nothing beats seeing that tail wag at the sight of its favourite people.  Dogs bring so much joy to us, so why not treat them to a little doggie R&R?  Traveling without your pet can be a hassle; finding (and paying for) a dog sitter, packing up all the food, treats, toys, carefully writing instructions on your routines, and then constantly asking the sitter for updates while you’re away.  While many places in Ontario don’t allow dogs or other pets, we’ve dug up some awesome accommodations that welcome your pup with open arms.  Even dogs appreciate a change of scenery here and there!

Great Blue Resorts

article1sept212021.jpgGreat Blue Resorts has 8 resorts across Ontario located in The Kawarthas, Muskoka, Prince Edward County, and Perth.  These cottages are furnished, and each resort has its own awesome amenities from heated pools to multi-sports courts and playgrounds.  For a fee of $99, 2 pets are welcome at the pet-friendly designated accommodations.  Dogs are allowed to swim in the areas offshore so long as they aren’t on the beach.  You won’t have to leave any family members at home, even the 4-legged ones!

Viamede Resort

article2sept212021.jpgNot only do pets stay free at Viamede Resort, but there is also an off-leash dog area for them to run around in to burn off energy.  Located in Woodview, Ontario, you can stay at their pet-friendly cottages and rest assured that if you happen to forget treats, a leash, doggy bags, etc. they will have it on-site for you.  The site has 9 kilometres of private forest trails, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court, fitness centre, disc-golf, and beautiful landscaped gardens.  You & your furry friend will have tons to do.

Pine Grove

article3sept212021.jpgAt Pine Grove Resort in Port Loring, Ontario your dog will be incredibly spoiled!  Dogs are just as welcome as their owners!  The property has 250 acres with hiking trails, water, and even the “Dog Patch”.  The Dog Patch is an agility course that will entertain your pup for hours.  There are jumps, weave poles and more.  The accommodations consist of individual cottages along the shoreline of Pickerel River for a cozy retreat with you and your best bed.

Tally Ho Inn

article4sept212021.jpgAnother pet friendly getaway destination is at Tally Ho Inn in Huntsville, Ontario.  Designed for small groups and families, this inn is located on the shores of Lake Peninsula, close to Algonquin Park and Arrowhead Park.  During the summer there is basketball, badminton, lawn volleyball and tennis and during the winter you can go for a skate on the lake!  Your pooch will love running and swimming along the 1300 feet of shoreline while you go for a relaxing ride in one of the paddleboats, kayaks, or canoes.

Woodhaven Country Lodge

article5sept212021.jpgWoodhaven Country Lodge on beautiful Sandy Lake in the Kawartha’s considers itself a “VERY dog-friendly” lodge with B&B style hospitality.  There are 5 self-contained suites for you to choose from and some even include fenced in yards for dogs who can’t be trusted to not venture off while off-leash!  There are trails, a firepit, waterfront and a common area that has a swim spa, library, pool table, TV room in case you want to rent a few cottages with friends or family.  No more feeling guilty about leaving the dogs for a trip!

Forest Rock Cottage Resort

article6sept212021.jpgForest Rock Cottage Resort is in Utterson, Ontario and offers 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom waterfront cottages for you and your dog.  With 1300 feet of shoreline on Three Mile Lake in Muskoka, you and your pooch can go for a swim, take lots of long walks, or even convince Fido to go for a canoe or kayak ride.  At night, hang out by the campfire and take in the beautiful stars with your pup at your feet (or in your lap!).


Featured Events

Pumpkin mania

September 18 – October 31, 2021
Rounds Ranch, 1922 County Rd 92, Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0

featuredevents1sept212021.jpgCelebrate the fall season with fall farm fun at Rounds Ranch.  There are over 22 activities like tractor rides, sack races, buckin’ Bronco, rubber duck races, sand box, tire pyramid and more.  Bring the family and spend the day getting into fall festivities.  Make sure to visit the pumpkin patch on your way out to decorate your home!

festival franco-ontarien

September 24-25, 2021
Major’s Hill Park

featuredevents2sept212021.jpgThe Festival Franco Ontarien celebrates Ontario’s Francophone population in the nation’s capital of Ottawa.  The festival celebrates Ontario’s Francophone culture with music, art, dancing, theatre and more.  Check out what events are happening on their website!

ontario culture days festival

350-401 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON
September 24, 2021 - October 24, 2021

featuredevents3sept212021.jpgOntario Culture Days Festival is a celebration of Ontario’s culture and heritage through the arts.  All month long there will be free events and activities to participate in, watch, listen to and be inspired by.  Ontario’s culture enriches the vibrancy of our communities, and this festival sets out to highlight that.

Contest Announcement!: Jungle Cat World – Behind the Scenes

featuredsept212021.jpgOur next monthly contest is here!  Win a private Behind the Scenes experience at Jungle Cat World for 3 people accompanied by the Zookeeper.  Your group will interact with 3 animals of your choosing from their hand-raised animals like ring tailed lemurs, wolves, foxes and more.  You also will have a chance to feed 3 predators of your choice under the instructions of the zookeeper.  Head to our website’s contest page or our Instagram page for more info on how to win!


only in ontario

onlyinontsept212021.jpg World’s Largest Fur Trade Post
Did you know that Fort William Historical Park once dominated the North American fur trade in the early 19th century?  This historical site in Thunder Bay, Ontario holds such incredible history of our province.  Currently, a reconstruction of what the fur trade post would have looked like when it existed in 1816 is on the land and operates as a historical park.  Take a visit out to the park to learn all about this important part of our heritage and feel like you’re walking around 200 years ago! 

Print Edition 2021

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