Where to take your dog in Ottawa

A stone’s throw from the U.S. border, the capital of Canada sits on the Ottawa river and is a great place to explore with your dog. With plenty of outdoor public spaces and glorious walks along the Rideau Canal, the options for outdoor pursuits are endless. The city itself is home to some impressive museums and the gothic parliament buildings are a sight to be seen. Whatever you enjoy, you’ll find plenty to do with your dog in Ottawa.

Bruce Pit

This forested area is one of two Greenbelt off-leash dog zones in Ottawa. There’s loads of wildlife to spot here too. Keep your eyes peeled for owls, woodpeckers, hawks, beavers and herons. The trees provide plenty of shade to keep you cool on warmer days.

Pet Valu

This chain of pet stores has locations all around the city. From food to toys to dental care, this one-stop-shop has everything you need for your dog. Some locations even offer a dog wash and grooming service. 

Kichesippi Beer Co

This family run brewery is located in Nepean and open everyday from 11am. The food is provided by independent trucks, either Crave Tacos or Ad Mare Seafood Truck. As well as a rotating collection of beer on tap, the drinks menu also includes wine, tea and artisan kombucha if brews aren’t your thing. Dogs are welcome to join you on the patio and water bowls are provided. 

The Haunted Walk of Ottawa

Running from April to November, this dog-friendly walking tour takes place at nighttime. The tour allows you to visit all of the cities spookiest sites, including the haunted high school and the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Dogs must be on a lead at all times and are not allowed to enter any of the buildings on the tour.

Heart and Crown

This traditional Irish pub is located in ByWard Market, a square packed with market stalls and speciality food shops. Dogs are welcome to join you on the patio as you tuck into some of the hearty meals on offer here. The menu features burgers, salads, curry and traditional Canadian favourite, poutine.  

So whatever you enjoy doing, you’ll find plenty to do with your dog in Ottawa.

Fri Apr 15 2022