Itching for new adventures with your pooch? Or maybe are you eager to discover new horizons and get away from the plain old walk around the neighbourhood and weekly visit to the nearest dog park? Many places in Québec offer diverse and original activities for canine clients and … their human. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, energetic or zen, enjoy luxury or the simplicity of reading a good book in a cozy coffee shop, there is something for everyone! Discover our list of 5 dog-friendly spots around the province.
The Great Outdoors and Wide Open Spaces
Have you heard the good news? Starting on May 17th of this year, all of Québec’s National Parks (with the exception of Anticosti and l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé) will be open to dogs. A novelty sure to please outdoor enthusiasts and their furry friends. After a 3-year pilot project with positive outcomes, the SÉPAQ has decided to broaden its clientele and welcome four-legged nature lovers. With more than 20 parks across the province, hiking opportunities while enjoying nature are endless. No doubt your dog will love the change in scenery and will be excited to explore new trails. To learn more about rules applicable to dogs visit https://www.sepaq.com/animaux/
For Athletes on Two … or Four Legs
You thrive on challenges? Your dog is as energetic as you are and you both love to push your body to the limit? Does the word canicross ring a bell? If it doesn’t, you can learn more about it here. Even better, why not experience the real thing by joining one of the many clubs that offer beginners the chance to try that sport, popular in Europe, but still emergent in Québec. If you’re already a fan, we heard through the grapevines that the Parc régional des Grandes-Coulées, in the Centre-du-Québec region, is an exceptional spot. For more info, visit https://www.tourismecentreduquebec.com/ or Canicross Québec.
Coffee and Treats
Relaxing in a coffee shop with your dog is not only a Parisian movie fantasy. Two years ago, the Mauricie region saw the birth of its first canine coffee shop, the Café Mordant. Situated inside the Les Rivières vet clinic, they offer great quality coffee, viennoiseries and treats for your pooch in a welcoming environment and a relaxing atmosphere. To top it all, service is impeccable! Chances are, you’ll want to stay awhile and enjoy a good book while your four-legged friend takes his afternoon nap. Definitely a stop to put on your list!
Yoga or Doga?
It relieves anxiety and reduce stress in humans, but did you know yoga also has many benefits for dogs? Trending in many major cities around the world, it remains unknown around here. If you live close to Montreal, the Dogue Shop offers classes for dogs and their human searching for a bit of zenitude. Unusual, we agree, but definitely original, don’t you think? Maybe Max will even agree to give the cat pose a try…
Freedom in Paradise
Totally unique, the Domaine Summum in Mont Tremblant offers an exceptional environment where dogs are treated like kings. Encouraged to run, jump in the lake and explore the beautiful surroundings freely, your pooch will think he just landed in heaven! With many available packages, different lodging options and great food and wine, the Domaine is a great place not only for dogs, but for their owners too! A luxury you’ll want to indulge in at least once in your life!
Ready for a day or week-long adventure? What’s your favourite option? To discover even more dog-friendly spots or to plan a trip with your furry friend, check out these two sites: Partoutavecmonchien.com https://www.petfriendly.ca/
Let the adventure begin!