A visit to Calgary doesn't have to mean leaving your dog with a sitter. With a little planning, visitors to Calgary can have a fun-filled time with their four-legged friends by their side, engaging in activities like downtown tours and scenic riverside walks. With so much to do, there is no need to leave pets at home or at the hotel — they can come along with visitors while they explore one of Canada's great historic cities. Here are some of the best dog-friendly activities and lodging in Calgary.
Dog-Friendly Activities in Calgary
Calgary has a wealth of activities that let dogs enjoy the city alongside their owners. The Downtown Calgary Professional Photo Tour allows owners and their dogs to explore the city's most scenic spots for photos. The host, Adam, will escort them down Stephen Avenue and into nearby parks while getting some memorable shots of owners and pups.
If visitors bring their kids and pets on a trip to Calgary, they can add a stop at the East Village Playground. The park features a small off-leash dog play area with artificial turf located next to the children's playground. The area also has many on-leash paths, including a scenic walk alongside the river.
For something different, check out the Calgary Culture Scavenger Hunt Tour. This pet-friendly activity is a great way to discover local landmarks, art, culture, and history. Participants solve riddles using clues on local plaques and statues throughout this unique app-led tour of the city.
When it's time to sit down and refresh, check out the Cold Garden Beverage Company. Wedged between the train tracks and Smithbilt Hats, this microbrewery has a quiet and dog-friendly outdoor area.
If a visitor's stay in Calgary involves activities where their pet can't come along, the Marda Loop Doggie Daycare & Spa is an option that keeps pups entertained and exercised throughout the day. The daycare offers a chance to socialize with other dogs in an enriched environment, plus optional dog spa services.
Dog Parks and Trails in Calgary
Many parks and trails inside and around the city provide a great place to get some exercise while enjoying scenic surroundings. Sandy Beach Park and conjoining River Park offer a great view of the Calgary skyline, and dogs can splash in the water or enjoy a run through the small forested area. There are both on-leash and off-leash areas for a variety of activities. Dog water fountains ensure that dogs stay hydrated, while available benches and picnic tables allow their owners to rest.
Banff National Park was the first national park established in Canada and remains a great place to take in scenic drives and hiking and camping activities. The park includes 1,600 kilometres of maintained trails, many of which can be accessed by leashed pets and their owners. Be sure to check which ones are open to pets before visiting since some are closed to dogs.
Edworthy Park is located along the Bow River and features ample green areas for off-leash play. Pets and their owners can walk the Douglas Fir Trail to arrive at Lawrey Gardens, which covers about 169 hectares.
Sue Higgins Park, formerly Southland Park, boasts the largest fenced-in, off-leash area in Calgary. It's a popular destination where dogs can swim, run in a natural setting, and make friends with other pets. Ample parking and garbage bins make for a convenient, no-fuss trip. On hot days, shady trails offer an opportunity to get some exercise without too much sun.
Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Calgary
Don't worry about where to eat in Calgary with dogs. There are many choices in town that allow them to visit restaurants' outdoor seating areas.
Ranchman's Cookhouse and Dancehall is the only restaurant in Calgary with a specific dog-seating area. The canine cantina is gated off from the bar and restaurant to allow pet owners to relax with their furry friends. Visitors must provide proof of vaccinations.
At Fionn MacCool's, visitors can enjoy casual Irish pub fare while relaxing on the outdoor patio with their pets. Beer-lovers will appreciate the wide range of draft beers available. Food options include several vegetarian choices in addition to satisfying bar food favourites.
1918 Tap and Table offers a trendy gastropub ambience with a pet-friendly outdoor seating area. Food and drink specials change daily. Diners can choose from starters that include poutine, loaded kettle chips, and chicken wings. Main dish options range from a steak sandwich on focaccia to classic fish and chips.
The Regal Beagle Pub lives up to its name with a spacious dog-friendly patio. Share an order of mac and cheese bites or wings with friends, or dig into a substantial burger. This pub is open from 10:30 a.m. each day to 2 a.m. to accommodate early birds and late owls alike.
Una Pizza + Wine is a trendy area pizzeria where pet owners can enjoy a slice while sitting at one of their outdoor pet-friendly tables. The restaurant features a good selection of hand-picked wines and incorporates local products whenever possible.
Dog-Friendly Shopping in Calgary
If owners need to stop and get toys, treats, or something else for their dogs while in Calgary, there are several outlets where canine companions can come along for the trip.
Pet Planet first opened in 1996 to provide highly nutritious pet food options and now has several locations in and around Calgary. The company conscientiously chooses treats and toys for the healthiest options for pets. Their tennis balls are chemical-free for better safety and are available in various sizes to fit every pet.
Tail Blazers bills itself as the "Health Food Store for Pets." Knowledgeable staff members are happy to help pet owners pick out treats, food, supplements, accessories, and more. Check their calendar for store events.
When visiting PAWSitively Natural Pet Food and Supplies, be sure to say hello to Alistair, the store's resident pot-bellied pig. The store has a large toy and treat selection and provides all styles of grooming if it's time for Fido to get a trim.
Pet-Friendly Lodging in Calgary
Many Calgary hotels are open to pets, making it easy to find a convenient room with nice amenities.
The Hotel Clique Calgary Airport is conveniently located less than five minutes from the airport. Up to two pets of any size can stay with a $25 fee per pet. The hotel provides complimentary bowls and waste bags and rents dog beds for $10 per day. The hotel grounds have ample grassy areas for walking.
Visitors with dogs under 40 pounds are welcome to stay at the Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire. There is no pet fee, and guests may leave animals in the room unattended as long as the guest provides a number where the hotel can reach them. Dog beds, food, water bowls, and waste bags are all provided at check-in.
The Centro Motel provides a budget-friendly option for people travelling with dogs and cats alike. There is a fee of $20 per night per pet and no size restrictions.
At the Carriage House Hotel and Conference Centre, both dogs and cats are welcome for a small fee. Amenities include in-room spa services, an outdoor pool and hot tub, and a fitness center with a steam room. The hotel offers a VIPaws Pet Program, including a dog-friendly food service menu. This hotel is conveniently located near attractions that include Fort Calgary and the Calgary Zoo.
Bring Your Dog to Calgary
A vacation with pets requires a little more planning and creativity but is perfectly doable with a little research. Check out Calgary's parks, outdoor restaurants, and the wide array of outdoor activities in Calgary to find ones that are perfect places to bring dogs along, and be sure to call ahead if the pet policy is unclear. Filling a visit to Calgary with attractions that are welcoming for your pet ensures a trip that is as exciting and fun-filled for them as it is for you. While you're visiting, you might even keep an eye out for pet-friendly Calgary condos or new Calgary construction with the perfect yard for your best bud.
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