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A guide to camping with pets

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Camping is a fun summer activity you can do with your furry friend. You’ll both enjoy the opportunity to explore the beautiful scenery in Ontario. Here is everything you need to know before you pack your tent and bring Fido along.

Park Rules

Each park may have slightly different rules and some may not allow dogs to camp. So check park regulations before heading out to ensure everyone has a safe and happy trip. Here are some general guidelines from Ontario Parks:

  1. Dogs should be kept on a leash no longer than 2 metres.
  2. Clean up after your companion animal. Parks will often have free dog waste bags and a designated disposal spot.
  3. Unless stated otherwise, animals are not permitted in park buildings.
  4. Respect wildlife. Keep your furry friend from interacting with wild animals in the park.
  5. Restrict excessive noise such as barking.
  6. Store pet food in an area – not in your tent! – where it won’t attract wildlife.
  7. See Helpful tips: Camping and respecting wildlife for more info on keeping your campsite running smoothly.
What to Pack

You want the trip to be enjoyable for all involved. Thus, packing a few extra things can make the camping trip easier for you and your companion animal.  Find our basic packing list below.

  1. Pet food and lots of water
  2. Dog bowls
  3. A blanket or towel for them to lay on
  4. Extra leash to use as a tie-out
  5. A camp tent with extra space
  6. Dog-safe bug spray (check with your veterinarian)
  7. A favourite toy
  8. ID tag for their collar
  9. Dog waste bags
  10. Pet first aid kit

Above all, don’t forget to make sure you have Pet Insurance. In the event of an emergency, it will give you peace of mind knowing you are covered. For a more detailed list check out hipcamp.com.

Camping and COVID-19

The idea of returning to campsites is exciting, but it’s important to know what has changed before heading out. In addition, make sure to follow social distancing practices while visiting the parks. 

For more great tips and to get the latest COVID-19 updates, visit www.ontarioparks.com

Camping is a wonderful activity to do with your furry friend. Hopefully, these tips lead to many fun-filled trips for you and Fido.

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