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    Pet Friendly Places

  • Leaving a loved one behind can be one of the most stressful things a person can go through. Can one truly enjoy themselves knowing in the back of their mind that someone is waiting for them back home? When on vacation, you should not have to worry about such a thing. The South Georgian Bay region has plenty to offer for the entire family,even the family pet!  Here's a sample of what we have to offer.

    Pet Friendly Accommodations in South Georgian Bay


    Cranberry Golf Resort, Collingwood
    Blue Mountain Resort, The Blue Mountains (At the Blue Mountain Inn) 
    The Westin Trillium House, The Blue Mountains (call ahead to pre-register your dog)
    Heidelberg Inn, Collingwood (Call first)
    Relax Inn, Wasaga Beach (Call first)
    Moores Mountain Lodge (Craigleith)
    Meaford Motel & Restaurant


    Mountain View Villas at Cranberry, Collingwood 
    Tyrolean Village Resort, The Blue Mountains

    Dog Parks

    Beautiful Joe Park -  Who is Joe? Was he actually beautiful? This Meaford park was named after Margaret Marshall Saunder’s book, Beautiful Joe . It was first published in 1894 and received worldwide attention, appeared in 7 different editions and translated into 10 different languages. The book was also the first Canadian children’s book to sell over 7 million copies by the late 1930’s. Joe is the name of the dog whose story was told in the book. Margaret became familiar with Joe while visiting her brother and his fiancee, Louise Moore, in Meaford. Some years earlier, the Moore family had rescued the poor pup from a local man who had sadly abused Joe as a puppy, by cruelly chopping off his ears and tail. In 1963, The Town of Meaford designated an 8.5 acre parcel of land along the charming Big Head River, adjacent to the Moore estate, to
    create Canada’s most unique dog park, Beautiful Joe Park. The grave of Joe can be found there and was actually designated as a historical site by the Archaeological & Historic Sites Boards of Ontario in the same year (1963). In addition to Beautiful Joe’s final resting place, Beautiful Joe Park features other monuments celebrating Margaret Marshall Saunders and our canine friends. This park is of course leash free and open all year round. There are 2 fenced in areas, one for small dogs, and one for big dogs. Take Highway 26 west to Meaford, turn left onto Edwin St. Park will be on your right. www.beautifuljoe.org

    Pawplar Park “DogTown” is located at Poplar Sideroad, between Hurontario & Raglan Streets (Collingwood). It is a clean, fenced in park, open from sunrise to sunset. Parking is available at the adjacent water pumping station. 

    Harbourview Park is located at the base of First Street and the harbour in Collingwood, behind Mcdonald's and boasts stunning waterfront views and a winding boardwalk. Your 4 legged
    friends will love you for taking them here.

    Heritage Park
    is a popular, well known dog park located in Collingwood between 2nd and 3rd Streets, off High Street. This complex also features a baseball diamond, skateboard/BMX park, the Centennial pool and of course the dog park with a wide open field for energetic dogs.

    Old Village
    is an active neighbourhood park located beside the Collingwood Legion. There is also a play area for kids with soccer fields and baseball diamonds, but still pet friendly.

    Oakview Woods in Wasaga Beach is near the Wasaga Beach Rec Plex and features a fenced in dog park, equipped with a picnic area, gazebo and accessible play structure. Also a skateboard park, and skating from December until March Break.

    Moreau Park: Is an off-leah park at the corner of Alice St West and Victoria St. in Thornbury.

    Central Park Arena located behind the YMCA in Collingwood, also features a fenced in dog park. 

    Clearview EcoBark is located in the north east boundary of the Ecopark on County Road 96 in the Stayner area. Open everyday from sunrise to sunset. The park comes fully equipped with tunnels, ramps, dog-sized water fountain and a double gated entrance.

    Dog Beaches

    Memorial Park (Meaford) features a dog beach on the North East corner of the park.

    Wasaga Beach
    - Beach Area 3 is the area to take your dog during your day at the beach.

    Christie Beach (Meaford)
    allows dogs on the entire beach. Yeah, freedom!

    Sunset Point Beach (Collingwood)
    allows dogs on the beach, but not the park. Feel free to bring your dog here in the summer months to have a dip in Georgian Bay and cool down.

    Fun For Everyone

    Collingwood Charters allows pets to experience their 1.5 hour Sight Seeing Tour, not just pet owners! Book your Sight Seeing Tour today, call 705-443-1124 or visit Collingwood Charters.

    Stop by Side Launch Brewing with your pup. They are a dog-friendly brewery! Enjoy a flight of beer with your best (four-legged) friend by your side.  Visit Side Launch Brewery for more info on this local brewery. 

    Dog Treats

    Starbucks Coffee (Collingwood) offers free dog treats. Ashanti Coffee (Collingwood) offers free dog treats and a water bowl on site, plus an area to tie up your dog while you are inside ordering. Tim Hortons (all locations) has free timbits and water bowls on site.

    *All dogs on trails & parks must be on a leash, unless they are in a leash-free dog park. Unleashed dogs can cause injury/fright for other users, including other dogs.