6 Dog-Friendly Activities in the Outaouais
Ready for an adventure? You’re turning the doorknob, getting ready to leave your house, when you see your four-legged friend looking up at you with his little eyes sparkling, begging you to take him with you on your trip. Fortunately, we have a few suggestions of activities to do with your dog that will allow you to bring him with you worry-free!
Downtown Gatineau's Culture Trail
Whether you love art and culture or are simply curious, head to Downtown Gatineau to walk the Culture Trail, a 3 km–long path of public art. It’s a golden opportunity to take a well-deserved walk with your dog while admiring the works of art that colour the city centre! Who knows, maybe your four-legged best friend is an art lover too? Check out the map to see the various points of interest along the trail.
The Culture Trail's programming ends September 30th.
You can’t miss the Gatineau Park for a great hike with your dog! All throughout the year, you can walk the Lauriault, Sugarbush, Pioneers and Capital Pathway trails. Other park trails are also dog-friendly from April 15th to November 30th. In addition to getting a breath of fresh air, enjoy the majestic panoramas you’ll see on certain trails and have a good time under the open sky with your pooch! Check out the map to find the next trail to take with your best friend.
Your dog must remain on a leash at all times. For conservation reasons, dogs are not allowed on the Equestrian, Pink Lake, King Mountain or Luskville Falls Trails.
Finished your walk with your dog in Gatineau Park and ice cream is calling out to you? Head to Old Chelsea Square and make a pit stop at La Cigale. The dairy bar has around 70 flavours of ice cream! Dogs are welcome and there’s even a water bowl in the waiting line so that they can stay hydrated. For gelato and sorbet, head to Cassis in Aylmer! Your dog is sure to love this shop, as you can even order a specially designed gelato for him!
When you head into the forest for a camping trip, you can bring your dog too! A canoe-camping trip to Parc régional du lac 31 Milles (if your dog isn’t afraid of water!), a glamping trip in a yurt at Borefüge (for an additional $15 per dog per night), or even a rustic camping trip to La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve or Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve, are all interesting and accessible options.
Dogs are allowed on SEPAQ’s wildlife reserves, but not on all campgrounds. Make sure to check before booking!
Au feel de l'eau Aqua-Taxi
Hop on the Aqua-Taxi, a 100% electric river shuttle service that goes between Gatineau and Ottawa, and navigate the Ottawa River following in the footsteps of Samuel de Champlain. Good news: pets are allowed on board! There’s nothing better than visiting the Gatineau-Ottawa region with your pooch while getting from A to B quickly and in style.
Reservations are required for the long trip.
Fairmont Le Château Montebello
A stay at the Fairmont Le Château Montebello resort attracts you, but would be incomplete without your pet? Don’t worry! You can travel with your dog and they can even sleep in the hotel with you for an additional $55 per room per night. A metal cage and food bowl will even be provided upon your arrival. The resort is a real paradise, so enjoy it with the whole family, whether they have four paws or not! A 4.7 km trail is available at the Château and hiking trails are also accessible nearby at Kenauk Nature.
Dog-sitting services are available upon request for a minimum of 3 hours and at the price of $25 per hour for 1 or 2 dogs and $35 an hour for 3 or 4 dogs.
Your dog is always thinking of you; he’s your closest companion. Don’t forget to think of him when you’re choosing activities. He’ll be eternally grateful! Woof!