Major airports in Canada are accommodating animal needs with hygiene and comfort zones. Currently, 19 Canadian airports offer animal and pet relief areas, ranging from grassy or gravel areas outside terminals to elaborate indoor facilities.
In 2016 Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in British Columbia established Canada’s first in-terminal animal relief area, giving four-footed passengers a chance to make that always important pre-flight comfort stop. Located post-security in the gate area of YVR’s US Terminal, the facility provides passengers with service or companion dogs, including travelers with reduced mobility, easy access.
Currently, there are three other indoor, post-security animal relief areas at the following airports: Calgary International Airport (YYC) in Alberta; Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Ontario; and Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in Alberta.
At Calgary International Airport (YYC) in Alberta, the post-security pet restroom is located in Concourse B and has turf, a scented fire hydrant and state of the art cleanup and odour controls.
At Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Ontario, dog relief areas are located in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 and have artificial grass, trees or fire hydrants and disposable bags.
At Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in Alberta, the pet relief room is located in the Domestic/International Departures Lounge and has artificial turf, a hose for cleaning, pet waste bag dispensers and a garbage can.
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