Are you looking for the best things to do with your dog in Blue Mountain? If you have some four-legged friends as part of your family, you may be wondering if your next vacation can accommodate everyone in your family. Fortunately, Blue Mountain is a great place to travel with your dogs, are there are lots of dog-friendly activities as well as dog-friendly accommodations! To learn more about accommodating all of your family’s unique needs while visiting Blue Mountain, contact Blue Mountain Lodges now!
The Best Things To Do With Your Dog In Blue Mountain
What can you do with your dog in Blue Mountain? Fortunately, Blue Mountain and the surrounding areas (such as Collingwood) are some of the best places to travel with your dog. That’s because there are so many outdoor activities and trails you can enjoy together! Because it is such a popular travel destination for those with pets, there are lots of pet-friendly places you can visit.
1. Hike The Beautiful Georgian Trail
The Georgian Trail welcomes pups – but remember they must be kept on-leash at all times
The Georgian Trail is a beautiful, 34 km walking trail that runs along the Georgian Bay. The trail runs from Collingwood to Meaford. Because the trail is so long, there are sections that are ideal for those of any hiking ability. If you are into rougher terrain and a more ‘foresty’ feel, there are parts of the trail that feel like full wilderness. If you prefer to stay close to civilization, you can stick to the more urban areas of the trail.
No matter where you pick the trail up from, it is a great activity to experience with your canine friend. Dogs are welcome on the trail, but keep in mind they must always remain on-leash for their own safety, the safety of others, and the safety of local wildlife. Your dog will be so excited to see new sights and sniff new smells that he won’t even care he’s on his lead!
2. Check Out The Collingwood Charters
A boat tour with your dog could be a new experience for you both! Image source: visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca
Collingwood Charters provides family-friendly waterfront tours. You can spend the day sightseeing, enjoying the beautiful, scenic views, and sampling new foods and drinks! The best part about this is that you can actually experience the 1 1/2 hour sightseeing tour by Collingwood Charters with your dog! You can contact Collingwood Charters here to learn more about visiting with your canine companion.
It’s also good to note that Collingwood Charters offers many other fun sightseeing tours – though you’ll have to leave your pooch to relax at your hotel for most of them. If you are looking for a romantic evening out or a fun-filled adventure with your family, you can check the sunset cruise or the dinner cruise. Both are great to experience as a couple, as a family, or even on your own for a solo sightseeing adventure.
3. Visit Beautiful Joe Park
Halfway between Collingwood and Owen Sound on Georgian Bay is a pretty little town called Meaford, where pets of all kinds are celebrated. Meaford is actually the home of Canada’s most famous dog, Beautiful Joe. He is buried the historic Beautiful Joe Park at 162 Edwin Street, and there are many monuments throughout this 8.5-acre tranquil park that celebrate the animal/human bond. If you haven’t heard of Beautiful Joe, he was a real dog with a sad story but his life changed when he was rescued by a local Meaford family!
Canadian author Margaret Marshall Saunders, from Nova Scotia, met Beautiful Joe and wrote a children’s book about him back in 1893. It sold millions of copies and was translated into at least a dozen languages. Not bad for a little dog from Meaford! When entering the park, It’s recommended that you pat Joe‘s head at the Welcome statue for 100 dog years of good luck! Feel free to enjoy Beautiful Joe Park and soak in the history, but remember that it is a designated historical site with many visitors, please respect others by leashing your dog as the posted signs indicate.
However, if you want some space for your favourite furry friend to run off leash, you can visit Meaford’s Leash Free dog park at 35 Grant Avenue. It has 2 fully fenced runs, and it is called Beautiful Joe’s Leash Free Dog Park (not to be confused with the historic Beautiful Joe Park mentioned above!) It is moments away from Memorial Park which has a dog beach at the far end of the Park.
There are lots of hiking trails close by including Trout Hollow Trail whose entrance is across the street from Beautiful Joe Park (Edwin Street), the Georgian Trail (starting at Meaford’s Harbour), the Tom Thomson Trail and Bruce Trail are in the vicinity as well.
Image Source: Wikipedia.com
4. Swim at Sunset Point Beach
Visiting dog-friendly beaches is a great way for you and your pup to stay cool in the summer months
When travelling with your dog in Blue Mountain, you’ll find a variety of beaches that allow dogs in some or all areas of the park. Sunset Point Beach in Collingwood allows dogs to spend time on the beach with their families. Keep in mind dogs are not allowed in the park area, but are welcome to wade in the water and play in the sand. On hot summer days, it’s important to keep your dog cool – especially if you are out and about for long periods of time. A dip at the beach is one of the best ways to cool you both off. Remember, no matter where you go with your dog, bring cold, fresh water for them to drink!
5. Stop By Starbucks (in Collingwood) For a Free Treat
Check out the coffee shops in Collingwood and get a treat for your pup!
Blue Mountain, Collingwood, and the surrounding areas are pretty accommodating when it comes to pups, because so many people visit with their dogs! If you visit the Starbucks in Collingwood, they often offer free treats for your four-legged friends. If you are out and about, shopping and exploring the town, why not stop by to grab a coffee and a few treats? You can also get your pup the infamous “puppuccino” – you can watch a cute video of a dog trying a puppuccino for the first time below!
Starbucks is not the only place you can take your pup to get some treats or refresh with free water. According to Visit South Georgian Bay, Ashanti Coffee in Collingwood also offers your dog free treats, an accessible water bowl, as well as a safe area to tie your dogs while you pop inside to grab a coffee. A few other shops and coffee shops, such as Tim Hortons, also leave out water bowls (and Tim’s will also give your pup free Timbits!) This is a great way to enjoy Collingwood and Blue Mountain any time of year! If you’re looking for more information about visiting in each season, check out our seasonal guide here!
Dog-Friendly Accommodations in Blue Mountain
Some of our Prestige accommodations by Blue Mountain Lodges
The most important thing to figure out before you travel with your dog in Blue Mountain is finding dog-friendly accommodations. You probably won’t have a difficult time, as many places offer some level of pet-friendly accommodations. At Blue Mountain Lodges, we offer a wide variety of dog-friendly accommodations so you can enjoy your vacation with every single member of your family.
We are happy to welcome you and your four-legged friends to one of our many accommodating condos, chalets, and vacation rentals. We do have a few policies regarding bringing pets along. If you are interested in bringing your dog with you, please take a look:
- Uphold our high level of sanitation by cleaning up after your pet, including pet hair
- Respect your neighbouring guests by maintaining quiet noise levels and keeping your pet on a leash when you leave your Chalet or Condo
- There is a one-time $25 pet charge, which covers extra cleaning we will need to perform in order to ensure our next guests are not affected by pet odours or hair
- We ask that you notify our staff prior to arrival, preferably at the time of booking, that a pet will be joining you (A few of our rooms are pet-free)
Staying at a pet-friendly chalet or condo is a great way to safely enjoy your vacation with your pooch. Many of the accommodations at Blue Mountain Lodges are close to a variety of amenities and outdoor activities that allow you easy access to dozens of fun activities for your whole family to enjoy. Learn more about booking with us here.
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If you are looking for the best deals on accommodations for you and your four-legged friends in the Blue Mountain Resort, look no further. For the best selection of spacious, unique, and affordable accommodations in the Blue Mountain area, check out Blue Mountain Lodges. Blue Mountain Lodges offers you a wide variety of budget-friendly and fully furnished vacation rentals to suit your needs. Whether you are looking for a cozy space for you and your spouse or a larger chalet where you and all your close friends can be together, Blue Mountain Lodges has just the place for you. Choose from over 150 lovely and spacious lodging options in a wide selection of sizes and layouts, including:
Our chalets and condos offer you more square footage than similar lodgings in the Blue Mountain Village. If you are looking for the most space for your money, book one of our 3,000 to 7,000 square foot rentals. Many of our rentals are pet-friendly, so you can bring every member of your family with you. Contact us today to book your next memorable vacation.