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Pet Friendly Campgrounds in Canada

Find campgrounds in National Parks and Reserves, Provincial Parks, Regional Parks, and private facilities where dogs, cats, and other pets are welcome.

Camping with your dog in Canada’s majestic outdoors is like no other vacation. Whether you explore the country's world famous lush forests, sandy beaches or snow-capped mountains there are many campgrounds from which to choose. Canada has thousands of campgrounds, which are divided into four unique camping experiences: Private Campground and RV Parks, Provincial Parks, Recreation Sites (forestry sites), and National Parks, all of which have their own dog regulations.

Camping in National Parks
Dogs are welcome in Canada's 47 national parks. However, national park regulations require that dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than 10 feet at all times including in the campground, at the beach and in the water. Some national parks such as Banff and Jasper have fenced, off-leash areas.


Alberta Provincial Parks Campgrounds
Alberta Provincial Parks offer two broad types of camping - "vehicle-access" and "backcountry". Dogs on a leash no longer than 2 metres are allowed in the campgrounds, but are not permitted in public buildings, on beaches or in designated swimming areas.

Banff National Park
During peak season, there are 2,462 sites located within 14 campgrounds offering a variety of services. Dogs are welcome in the park but must be on a leash at all times.

Jasper National Park
Jasper is a year-round camping destination and can accommodate anything from a one-person bivy tent to a 39 foot motorhome, and everything in between. Pets are allowed throughout Jasper National Park, but must be leashed at all times.


British Columbia Provincial Parks Campgrounds
Domestic pets are not permitted in all parks - please check specific park for details. In the frontcountry parks (i.e. vehicle accessible camping), pets must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in the day-use/beach areas or park buildings. Taking pets into the backcountry, especially dogs, is not recommended, and in some parks is not permitted. Although some people feel that their pet is a part of the family, they can disturb other campers, foul trails and create potential for problems with bears.

Cariboo: Bowron Lake Provincial Park
Bowron Lake Provincial Park is a large wilderness area situated on the western slopes of the Cariboo Mountain Range. There is a 25 unit drive-in campground located near the Registration Centre a short distance from Bowron Lake itself. Pets on a leash are allowed only in the vehicle access campground. Dogs are not permitted on the Canoe Circuit, in park buildings or in the backcountry.

Christina Lake: Gladstone Provincial Park
Texas Creek campground offers 62 vehicle accessible campsites, including seven double sites. Most of the sites are large and shaded by a forest of Douglas fir mixed with some cedar, larch and Ponderosa pine; however, the double sites are medium to small in size. The forest has a thick understory of shrubs, including ocean spray, that offer privacy for the sites. Pets on a leash are allowed in the campground, but are not permitted in beach areas or park buildings.

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park offers frontcounty camping at three campgrounds all located near the summit of Rogers Pass. All campgrounds are available on a first come first served basis. Backcountry campsites are available on the following trails: Hermit, Mount Sir Donald, and BaldHills Wilderness Hiking Route. Each campsite has tent pads and food storage poles or lockers to place food out of reach of bears. Open fires are not permitted in the backcountry. Pets on a leash are allowed in the park.

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve offers a wide variety of camping experiences, including frontcountry, backcountry and overnight boat camping options. Pets on a leash are allowed in the park.

Nakusp: McDonald Creek Provincial Park
There are 73 vehicle accessible sites in the park including 3 doubles and 18 sites with electrical hookups. Four of the sites have tent pads. There are no pull through sites however the campground has an even mix of small to large sites and can accommodate large recreational vehicles. The majority of sites are lakefront and offer access to the beach but are not considered to have lake views. Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times in the campground and day-use areas, and are not allowed on most beach areas or in park buildings. There is an off leash area in this park where dogs are allowed to play in the water, but they must be under control at all times.

Parksville: Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park offers vehicle accessible campsites, set in the wooded upland. All sites are within a 5-minute walk to the 2 km stretch of sandy beach. Facilities include 3 hot shower buildings, flush toilets, an adventure playground, fresh water and a sani-station. Pets on a leash are allowed in the campgrounds, but are not permitted in the day-use beach areas of the park. Pets are allowed on the beach adjacent to the campground between May 1st and February 14th, however they must be on a leash.


Manitoba Provincial Parks Campgrounds
Pets are welcome in the campgrounds, but must be leashed, or caged and under physical control at all times. Pets are only allowed inside cabins and yurts designated as pet friendly. A maximum of two pets (dog or cat) are allowed.

Riding Mountain National Park
Riding Mountain National Park protects three different ecosystems that converge in the area; grasslands, upland boreal and eastern deciduous forests. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park.


New Brunswick Provincial Parks Campgrounds
New Brunswick parks offer visitors campgrounds with beautiful surroundings, nearby conveniences and access to unmatched hiking trails, including everything from Mactaquac’s 300-campsite-facility, complete with a golf course, to secluded campsites at the base of Mount Carleton, the highest peak in the Maritimes. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the campgrounds.

Fundy National Park
Fundy National Park has four front country campgrounds, each providing amenities such as washrooms, showers, electrical, sewer and water hookups all within close proximity to other Park services and facilities. There are 8 backcountry campsites located at Goose River, Marven Lake, Tracey Lake or Chambers Lake. Each designated campsite provides a tent pad, a pit privy and a picnic table. Pets are welcome in the campgrounds but must be kept on a leash at all times and must not be left unattended. Pets are not permitted at the Bennett Lake beach, the swimming pool, and on the golf course.

Kouchibouguac National Park
South Kouchibouguac Campground (Open during peak and shoulder seasons) is Kouchibouguac's main front-country campground with 311 campsites; features several services, facilities and amenities. Côte-à-Fabien Campground (Open during peak season) is a semi-primitive campground with 32 campsites; offers the most breathtaking views, located outside of the park's busy hub. Pets on a leash are allowed in the campgrounds, but are not permitted on the beach or on the boardwalk leading to the beach.

Mactaquac: Mactaquac Provincial Park
Mactaquac Provincial Park’s campground provides more than 300 campsites in both open and wooded areas (2 of which are wheelchair accessible) and features laundry facilities, hot showers and kitchen shelters. Pets are allowed in the campground, but are not permitted on the beach.

New River Beach: New River Beach Provincial Park
New River Beach Provincial Park campground offers 99 campsites and 4 rustic shelters, forested campsites, scenic coastal nature trails, a picnic area and a spectacular tidal beach. Leashed pets are welcome in the campground, however, pets are not permitted on the beach.


Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Parks Campgrounds
There are 13 provincial parks throughout Newfoundland and Labrador that offer camping. Many have fully-serviced lots. Others can only accommodate RVs with a space for parking. Most of the provincial parks open in late spring and close in early fall. Pets are allowed in the campgrounds, but must be leashed at all times.

Gros Morne National Park
Gros Morne offers 236 drive-in and 4 walk-in campsites at five Parks Canada campgrounds. Four of these campgrounds are unserviced (i.e. do not have electrical hook-ups). Berry Hill campground has 25 water and electrical sites. There is a group camping area located in Berry Hill campground, can accommodate a maximum of 25 people. Pets on a leash are allowed in the park, but are not permitted on the top of Gros Morne Mountain.


Northwest Territorial Parks Campgrounds
Territorial campgrounds are usually open from May 15 to September 15, depending on weather conditions. Pets are permitted in the parks, but must be leashed at all times. Pets are not permitted in the following places: a beach area, a shower washroom or change house, an area designated in sign as a children's play area or picnic shelter, concession area or other public building or structure.

Fort Simpson: Fort Simpson Territorial Park
Fort Simpson Territorial Park is located near the entrance to Fort Simpson, and at the confluence of the Mackenzie and Liard rivers; groceries, restaurants and information centres are within walking distance. The park has 20 powered sites, and 12 nonpowered sites. Pets on a leash are allowed in the park.

Yellowknife: Prelude Lake Territorial Park
The largest developed park on the Ingraham Trail, Prelude Lake Territorial Park offers 44 campsites to choose from (32 non-powered and 12 tent pads). Pets on a leash are allowed in the park.


Nova Scotia Provincial Parks Campgrounds
Campers must have a camping permit and must camp in designated sites. Pets are allowed in the parks, but must be kept under control at all times, on a leash no longer than 2.5 metres (6 feet), including at swimming areas. Pets are not permitted in public structures at the park or in any area designated as pet free. Public structures include washrooms, vault toilets, cooking shelters, change houses, and administrative and program buildings.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cape Breton Highlands National Park offers five front country campgrounds and one backcountry campground. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park. Of the 26 marked and named hiking trails in the park only one, the Skyline Trail, is off-limits to dogs.

Porters Lake: Porters Lake Provincial Park
Only minutes from metropolitan Halifax/Dartmouth, Porters Lake Provincial Park has 80 campsites, 10 open (water and electric sites), 70 Partially Wooded, a picnic area, boat launch, unsupervised beach, and a trailer dump station. Most sites are surrounded by shrubs and bushes making them quite private. Pets on a leash are allowed in the park.


Nunavut Territorial Parks
There are few designated camping areas in Nunavut. Generally, campers are free to pitch their tent almost anywhere on the open tundra. Some communities have special designated campgrounds with outhouses, tent platforms, fire pits and windbreaks, but most do not. Pets are allowed in the parks, but must be kept on a leash.


Ontario Provincial Parks Campgrounds
Ontario has over 100 provincial parks across the province that offer car camping that allows you to drive right up to campsite which is located in a group of other campsites. Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in all parks – with the exception of designated campground areas in Awenda, Balsam Lake, Grundy Lake, Pinery, Sandbanks and Voyageur and Achray, Canisbay, Mew Lake and Pog Lake campgrounds in Algonquin. Pets are not permitted in swimming areas or on beaches or roofed accommodation sites. Pet exercise areas are provided at a number of parks. Many allow off-leash play, but where indicated by a sign, please keep your dog on-leash (always ask Park staff if you are unsure). Some pet exercise areas also have beaches.

Grand Bend: Pinery Provincial Park
Pinery Provincial Park campgrounds include: Riverside Campground has electrical, non-electrical and pull-through sites and is open year round; Burley Campground, open from May to September, is nestled between older pines and within close walking distance of the beach; and Dunes Campground provides a mix of electrical, pop-up trailer and tent sites and is open from May to September. Pets on a leash not exceeding 2 metres are allowed in the park, but are not permitted in swimming areas or on the beach. Area 4 Dunes Campground is designated as pet-free camping.

Huntsville: Arrowhead Provincial Park
Arrowhead offers camping in three campgrounds: Roe, East River and Lumby. Pets on a leash no longer than 10 feet are allowed in the campgrounds. Dog Beach access between sites 45 and 54, Lumby North Campground.

Perth: Murphys Point Provincial Park
Fourteen campsites are located on Big Rideau Lake and can be accessed by canoe or boat; at each campsite, you will find a picnic table, tent space and a pit toilet nearby. Campers with larger trailers will find the pull-through sites, including many with electrical hook-up, in Hogg Bay Campground convenient. Hogg Bay also has a loop (Ash Hill) which is for tent camping. Fallows Campground is well-suited to tents and small trailers. Murphys Point has three group campsites; the sites vary in size and can accommodate from 12 to 50 people each. Pets on a leash are allowed in the park.

Pukaskwa National Park
Pukaskwa National Park offers many different camping experiences. Hattie Cove campground is a short drive from the Trans-Canada Highway offers 67 vehicle-accessible campsites in Pukaskwa National Park’s front country. Campsites are designed to accommodate one motor vehicle and up to six people in two tents or one trailer/recreational vehicle with an additional tent or dining shelter. 65 designated backcountry campsites offer all the wonders of the backcountry with the benefits of a few simple comforts. Each hiking site offers a fire pit, food locker and pit privy. A cross between a tent and a rustic cabin, the oTENTik tent is a unique concept for visitors to enjoy camping with the comfort of a bed and a campsite already set up and ready to go. Each unit includes three beds and can accommodate up to six people. Pets on a leash are allowed in the park and in all camping facilities.

Tobermory: Bruce Peninsula National Park
Bruce Peninsula National Park offers semi-wilderness camping in the following locations: Drive-in sites at the Cyprus Lake Campground; Group camping at Cyprus Lake; Backcountry camping along the Bruce Trail at Stormhaven or High Dump; Yurt camping along the shore of Cyprus Lake; and Winter Camping at Tamaracks Campground. Pets on a leash are allowed in the campgrounds. Pets must not be left unattended on campsites or in vehicles.


Prince Edward Island Provincial Parks Campgrounds
Prince Edward Island's network of Provincial Parks has 8 camping parks and 13 day use parks which offer spectacular beaches, beautiful scenery, and nature trails. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the campgrounds and on the beaches.

Prince Edward Island National Park
There are two campgrounds located within Prince Edward Island National Park: Cavendish, featuring over 200 sites and an exclusive supervised white sand beach; and Stanhope, with 100 sites located along the recently developed Gulf Shore Way, a 10km multi-use trail ideal for cycling, inline skating or walking and a short walk from Stanhope Beach. Pets on a leash are allowed in the campgrounds. Pets are prohibited on all National Park beaches from April 1 - October 15 annually.

Campbell's Cove: Campbell's Cove Campground and Cabins, 7516 Northside Road, Route 16, Campbell's Cove, PE C0A 2B0
Located on the north shore of Eastern Prince Edward Island, Campbell's Cove Campground is dog friendly! There is a beach on the premises.


Quebec National Parks
For the first time in its history, Quebec's network of provincial parks welcomes dogs into three of its parks. Since May 20, 2016, a 3-years duration pilot project is in place, authorizing the presence of dogs in Frontenac, Jacques-Cartier and Oka national parks. As of May 18, 2018, this pilot project will be expanded to include Aiguebelle and Lac-Témiscouata national parks. Dogs must be kept on a leash no more than three (3) metres in length and under surveillance at all times.

Forillon National Park
Forillon National Park offers frontcounty camping and backcountry camping. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the campgrounds and on all nine trails across Forillon’s 95 square miles.


Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Campgrounds
Saskatchewan's Provincial Parks and recreation sites offer a wide range of camping experiences to choose from. All primary campgrounds offer service centres with free bathroom and shower facilities and most offer laundry facilities and playground areas. Fresh drinking water, fire pits, fire wood and picnic tables are available at all provincial parks. The Saskatchewan Provincial Parks seasonal camping program offers the opportunity to secure a campsite from mid-May to the end of August, and into September at some locations. Seasonal bookings are offered at a discount from the regular nightly camping rates. There are 19 provincial parks and recreation sites that offer the seasonal camping program, and the seasonal sites are always in high demand. Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are welcome in all Saskatchewan Provincial Parks, but are not permitted in public structures, beaches or in swimming areas.


Yukon Government Campgrounds
Yukon has 42 road-accessible campgrounds and 12 recreation sites for day use only. Camp, park and drive in designated areas only. Roadside campgrounds offer picnic tables, campfire pits, firewood and at least one picnic shelter. Pets are allowed in the campgrounds, but must be kept on a leash.

Kluane National Park and Reserve
Located high in the mountains of southwest Yukon, Kluane National Park and Reserve is home to Canada’s highest peak, its largest ice field and North America’s most genetically diverse grizzly population. Kathleen Lake has a 39-site campground with firewood, bear-proof storage lockers and outhouses. Pets on a leash are allowed in the campground and on the trails.

Tombstone Territorial Park
The Tombstone Campground is located at km 71.3 of the Dempster Highway. From June 20th to September 14th, overnight camping reservations and permits are required to camp at Grizzly, Divide & Talus Lake backcountry camp sites. Backcountry campgrounds offer tent pads, an outhouse and a small cooking platform. Dogs are allowed in Tombstone Territorial Park, but must be leashed at all times in all areas of the park.