The sunny weather makes you want to get out and get some fresh air? Whether you are a seasoned hiker or a beginner, our beautiful province has so much to offer when it comes to places to walk in nature. If you would love your pup to tag along but are not sure where to head to find a dog-friendly hiking path, we have it all mapped out for you! More than ever, dogs are welcome on various trails and parks. Here are few destinations that will satisfy your desire for adventure with your faithful companion.
1. SEPAQ Provincial parks
If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you probably know that dogs have been banned from Quebec’s various provincial parks for ages. We have some good news for you! After a 3-year pilot project, the SÉPAQ has decided to open the doors (or rather the trails) of its parks to hikers and their pooch (this decision does not apply to Anticosti and Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé). In other words, that’s more than twenty new places to discover! Some rules and restrictions are in effect, so take the time to visit https://www.sepaq.com/animaux/ to learn more.
Parc régional des Grandes-Coulées
We talked about it here, the Parc régional des Grandes-Coulées is a mecca for canicross, in addition to offering 10 km of trails in a beautiful setting. Perfect for hyperactive nature lovers! Learn more here: Parc régional des Grandes-Coulées.
Parc régional des Chutes-Monte-à-Peine-et-des-Dalles
With its two rivers (L’Assomption and la Noire), its three waterfalls and its canyon (yes, yes a real one), this park is a real paradise on earth. It’s also the perfect spot for birders and it will satisfy the most active outdoor enthusiast … even your four-legged friends, with its 17 km of trails. The entrance fee for a doggie is $3. Pretty cheap for hours of fun!
Parc de la Gatineau
More than 155 km of trails and stunning biodiversity awaits, all within 15 minutes of downtown Ottawa-Gatineau. Your faithful companion is admitted on a leash on 90% of the park’s trails. That’s more than enough for him to stretch his paws! For more information: Parc de la Gatineau.
Parc naturel régional de Portneuf
With lakes, rivers and mountains, this park is an extraordinary place to observe a diverse fauna and flora and enjoy the great outdoors. With 70 km of trails and even a cave, it’s worth going out of your way to experience this place with Max. Want to know more about it? You’re just a click away: Parc naturel régional de Portneuf.
Parc du Mont-Royal
This mythical urban park, with its extraordinary views of the metropolis, doesn’t really need an introduction. To experience nature in the heart of the city with your dog, you won’t find a better place. For more details: Parc du Mont-Royal
Parc récréotouristique de Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc
Close to the famous Mauricie National Park, the Parc récréotouristique de Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc, with its long trails, maple grove and numerous lakes, waterfalls and streams is a diamond in the rough! Bordered on one side by the majestic Shawinigan River, the site also houses an amphitheatre in the heart of the forest. Original, isn’t it? A beautiful place to discover with your dog. Parc récréotouristique de Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc.
Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton
For experienced canine and human hikers, the Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton is the perfect spot if you are looking for a challenge, with its 52 km of trails. Climb to an altitude of 968 metres via the Round Top and admire the breathtaking view from the summit. To learn more about this park, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year: Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton
Centre touristique et éducatif des Laurentides
Commonly known as the CTEL, this charming site offers 36 km of hiking trails and an obstacle course through the forest. If you are an early bird, it’s the perfect place for Fido’s morning walk, as it opens at 8:00 am. CTEL
Parc des Appalaches
We saved the best for the end! Last but not least, Le Parc des Appalaches is the perfect place for your canine friend. This is THE dog-friendly park in the province. They are allowed everywhere on the site from the 140 km of trails to the shelters and even canoes! Amazing landscapes and guaranteed fun, in a place where furry hikers are treated like royal guests. For more details on the park: Parc des Appalaches.
That’s it! That’s all! All you have to do now is plan for your next expedition. For a list of dog walking essentials, see our article on this topic. See you on the trails!