Your Ultimate Guide to planning a Dog-Friendly Getaway in Canmore and Kananaskis

Your Ultimate Guide to planning a Dog-Friendly Getaway in Canmore and Kananaskis

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Travelling with your canine companion can be a great bonding experience. Canmore and Kananaskis provide the opportunity to get outside and explore the mountains with your dog.

For a “paws-itive” adventure, be sure to pack all of your furry friend’s necessities. Food and water bowls, medication, toys, ID tags, waste bags, proof of vaccinations and medical records on a USB drive, plus an extra leash are all good to have on hand for the perfect pet-friendly road trip or vacation to Canmore and Kananaskis.

In this blog post, we’ll cover where to stay, what to do, and where to shop or snack with your pooch in tow.

And remember, keeping your dog on a leash in Canmore and Kananaskis is expected.

Where to stay with your pet

Canmore and Kananaskis offer a wide variety of pet-friendly hotel accommodations, ranging from resorts with luxury suites to bed and breakfasts with cozy rooms.

Check out Copperstone Resort, “Your Pet-Friendly Resort in the Canadian Rockies,” which features a Special Puppy Package, including a doggy bag holder/clip and a custom-made fresh baked cookie from a local boutique pet store!
Copperstone Resort, located five minutes outside Canmore in the serene hamlet of Dead Man’s Flats, is one of the only pet-friendly resorts in the area.

Or, book in at The Malcolm Hotel, which provides a VIP (Very Important Pets) treatment with a dog bed and specially baked local treats. 

Other pet-friendly places to stay include:

Be sure to let your chosen hotel know about your canine travel companion prior to check-in, and request any amenities your dog may require. Most hotels do not allow pets to be left unattended in the rooms, so if you’re heading out for the afternoon, be sure to find a sitter for your pup through a local dog-walking service or the Rover app.

Explore the great outdoors with your dog

Get outside and experience the wonders of Canmore and Kananaskis! There are tons of places to explore on foot or by paw in the region, with various options suited to different human and canine activity levels. Stroll a few blocks or several kilometres on one of the many walking trails, some of which ambles along the Bow River and provide stunning mountain views. 

For playtime with other pups, there are two dog parks in Canmore we recommend for your dog. The Elk Run and Cougar Creek dog parks are fully fenced areas for dogs who love to run unencumbered by a leash. Always clean up after your dog, and keep in mind that all dogs must be vaccinated and licensed to use the off-leash parks.

For something completely different, discover downtown Canmore with a self-guided Mystery Towns Clue Solving Adventure. Recommended for teams of one to four, Mystery Towns combines the fun of a scavenger hunt with the puzzle-solving challenges of an escape room. Find must-see hidden gems as you and your team solve a series of clues. While the clues may lead to local businesses, the adventure itself is outdoors, which makes it a perfect adventure for your pup to tag along on.

Take a hike

If you have an energetic four-legged friend, consider a hike along Highline Trail, Prairie View Trail, or Goat Creek Trail. Be sure to do some research on trail difficulty before choosing an objective, and ensure your chosen hike is appropriate for your dog. Some trails are rocky or steep, which can be tough on unprotected paws.

Remember to bring layers of clothing, extra water, and bear spray. Always check trail conditions prior to heading out, keep your pup on a leash and rest when either of you is feeling tired.

Bear Grylls might make it look easy, but you, too, can learn outdoor survival skills. Well-behaved dogs are invited to join Kananaskis Outfitters Family Survival Hike, a leisurely, guided 5-km hike with stops to analyze animal tracks, discover the wide variety of wild edibles along the trail, and learn what to do when you encounter a wild animal or emergency situation. 

Adventures on the water

For calmer dogs who love being on the water more than being in it, consider a tour or rental from Bow Valley Stand Up Paddle Boarding, a dog-friendly business that loves to see your furry friends out on the water. Consider bringing your own life jacket for your dog to ensure their safety out on the glacial-fed rivers and lakes.

You can also enjoy a leisurely family float with Canmore Raft Tours. Led by knowledgeable interpretive guides, experience a unique tour with breathtaking mountain views while you learn about Canmore’s Indigenous history. Relax, bask in the beauty of the valley, and discover the plants, animals, and birds that call Canmore and Kananaskis home. 

Dog-friendly shopping and dining

Many shops in Canmore embrace canine customers, often leaving water bowls outside. If you’d like to bring your dog shopping with you, Alberta’s Own Marketplace showcases local makers, artists, and entrepreneurs, and allows dogs in-store.

Rain or shine, Canmore Mountain Market is outdoors and pet-friendly. Vendors offer delicious, farm-fresh fruit and baked goods, and beautiful artisan wares that you’ll be eager to take home with you.
Mark your calendar! The market runs every Thursday, starting May 20th, 2021.

Need a rainy day or rest day activity? Paint your own pottery with your furry friend at your side at Crock-a-doodle. Each ready-to-paint piece is professionally glazed and kiln-fired to become durable and functional dishware or souvenirs. Make something for yourself, or paint it for your pooch. That’s what we call puppy love. 

Grab a bite

After a day of adventure, you’ll likely be ready for a good meal. Fido can join you at these dog-friendly outdoor patios and tables for a post-hike snack or brew:

Make memories with your pup

Your time in the mountains should be fun for your whole family. Mountain weather can change rapidly, so come prepared with everything your dog might need to stay cozy, dry, and entertained if the skies turn stormy.

Remember to keep your pet and the wild animals who call Canmore and Kananaskis home safe by keeping your dog on a leash at all times, unless you’re in a designated off-leash area. Happy tails!