Winter Fun For You & Your Furry Friend!

Want to get out and explore South Georgian Bay with your furry friend? With a bit of planning you can make your getaway extra special with the help of these pet-friendly stops!

Highlands Nordic Dog-Friendly Ski Loop

Highlands Nordic just opened their dog-friendly ski trail loop this year! Stop by and try out Teal’s Tango – a flat 3km loop out in the front field. Please note that dogs must be on leashes while on the trail.

Visit a Dog Friendly Park

Meaford is one of the most dog friendly towns in North America – they even have a certification for it! –  with no shortage of fun things to do with the pup in your life. If you’re traveling with your pet in the South Georgian Area area this winter, a stop at the Beautiful Joe Leash-Free dog park is a must. There are 2 different fenced in areas, 1 for small dogs and the other one for larger dogs! While you are there, head down the road and stop at Beautiful Joe Park, which sits on the banks of the Big Head River. Learn about Beautiful Joe and how he become famous!

Memorial Park is also a wonderful stop in Meaford. In the summer, a portion of the beach is specifically for dogs and is off-leash friendly in the winter with supervision!⠀

Pints & Pups!

If you’ve been to South Georgian Bay before, you’re probably familiar with Side Launch Brewing Company. On top of having an amazing selection of beer, did you know that the brewery is also dog friendly? Stop by their tap room with your dog –  trust us, they will be excited to see you!

If you’re going to be in the area on Saturday, January 18, stop by Side Launch from 4 – 7 pm for Yappy Hour in support of the Georgian Triangle Humane Society!


Exploring downtown Thornbury? Wander over to Thornbury Village and take a seat on their patio (yes, you heard us right). In the winter, Thornbury Village brings out their igloos so you can enjoy the patio year-round! Feel free to bring your dog along for the fun – with pups, pints and patios you can’t go wrong!



Planning to stay overnight? No worries! There are several dog-friendly accommodations in the area. From Tyrolean Village Resort in the Blue Mountains (they even have an off-leash pet park!) to the Farmer’s House in Meaford, you’ll have a place to rest after a day full of adventures!

For a full list of dog-friendly accommodations in the area, please click here.


For a full list of pet-friendly businesses & areas in South Georgian Bay, please click here.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This