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Ottawa pet-friendly activities to do with your dog this summer

No one is more excited to hang out with you than your loyal furry friend. Their boundless, daring energy, excitement, and unconditional love make them the perfect adventure partner. Why not take your pup on an adventure exploring pet-friendly activities around Ottawa? After all, they deserve a summer break too.   

Whether you are grabbing a bite to eat, exploring the city, discovering hidden gems, or taking a splash, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. It’s time to leash up your pup and make memories with your furry companion this summer. Let us help you start with our top picks for pet-friendly things to do with your dog in Ottawa this summer. 

Take a hike at Morris Island Conservation Area

Where: 156 Morris Island Dr., Fitzroy Harbour 

Your island getaway is closer than you think. Morris Island Conservation area sits on the Ottawa River, a forty-seven-hectare site with six kilometres of trail. Since the trails are near the water, it’s a perfect spot for you and your dog to take a break and take in the cottage-country-like views. 

Pack lunch and make it a day trip and a picnic, too, and park yourselves at one of the many picnic tables throughout the trails. Hiking with your dog has many benefits for both parties; it’s a peaceful environment, a chance to bond with your furry friend and a great socializing time for your dog.   

For more hiking options, look at our top seven picks for pet-friendly trails around Ottawa and find the one nearest to you and most suitable for your ideal hiking adventure. 

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Pup Cones at the Carp Custom Creamery

Where: 3763 Carp Rd., Carp and 49 Moore St., Carleton Place 

The Carp Custom Creamery has its famous pup cone, a soft-serve cone beautifully garnished with mini-bone treats. The Creamery strives to offer a family-friendly environment with outdoor seating that welcomes all family members. It is on Carp Road and has another location in Carleton Place at 49 Moore Street, Carleton Place. Both are in idyllic locations for you and your dog to enjoy your sweet treats.    

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All paws on board with Ottawa Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

Where: 1314 Bank St., Ottawa  

Get in the water with your pup with Ottawa SUP. If you’re looking for something unique to do and have a daring pup, then this is the activity for the two of you. Ottawa SUP is a paddle boarding rental service in the heart of Ottawa, and dogs are welcome to come aboard at certain locations. Check out their website to see which locations they’re welcome at. It’s an excellent opportunity to soak up the sun and tackle a new challenge together.  

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Indulge in patio season at The King Eddy

Where: 45 Clarence St., Ottawa  

Kick off the patio season with The King Eddy on their pet-friendly patio and enjoy some classic diner fare; it’s a menu your pup is sure to enjoy the scraps of. The King Eddy is a family-owned and operated restaurant known for their fresh, in-house prepared burgers. The King Eddy’s friendly staff will be happy to welcome your fido with a bowl of water.  

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Grab a coffee with a scenic view

Where: NCC Bistro at Confederation Park, Laurier Ave W. & Elgin St., Ottawa, ON   

Take your pup for an afternoon break on the patio at the NCC Bistro at Confederation Park. Here, you can enjoy the sunshine as you sip coffee surrounded by beautiful greenery and a picturesque water fountain. They serve your favourite local coffees from Happy Goat and Le Moulin de Provence. The bistro also serves typical cafe foods such as pastries, sandwiches, salads, and more. 

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Catch a movie at Port Elmsley Drive-In Theatre

Family relaxing on their weekend
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Where: 333 Port Elmsley Rd., Perth 

Enjoy the summer night weather with a movie under the stars with your furry co-pilot at Port Elmsley Drive-In Theatre. Pop the trunk, get cozy with your pup, and create your optimal viewing experience with plenty of blankets and pillows. Check out their concession stand with plenty of classic movie snacks to enjoy. The theatre offers a retro drive-in movie experience and plays all the recent theatrical releases with some old classics. Port Elmsley welcomes dogs if they’re on a leash and cleaned up afterward. Plan your visit and check out their website for upcoming shows.    

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No matter how you make lasting memories with your pup this summer, ensure you’re protected from the unexpected with pet insurance. CAA has partnered with Pet Plus Us to offer CAA Members save 13.5 per cent on pet insurance*.    

*CAA Members receive a rate of 13.5% off. Non-members receive a rate of 9% off. 

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