Toronto a Dog-Friendly Escape
Toronto is a big city with a human population of over 2.8 million, but let’s not forget the 230,000 dogs that also call this city home.
If your best friend has four legs, a wagging tail and a slobbery tongue, then you’re likely the type of person who is always on the lookout for a place to hang out with your dog. Now that the weather in Toronto is getting warmer, it’s time to start exploring more of the city. But don’t leave Rover or Fido at home! Toronto has plenty of breweries, cafés and hotels where your dog can tag along.
These are a few of our favourite dog-friendly places in Toronto.
For Pups & Pints
Here are breweries where you can head with your canine pal and sample Toronto’s incredible craft beer.
Leftfield Brewery : Leftfield brews some of the most creative and delicious beers in the city and pair them with family-friendly activities, pop-up events, brewery tours and dogs! Friendly staff always have liver treats and head scratches available for their furry customers, plus water bowls and locally handcrafted dog treats for sale on the merch table.
Blood Brothers: This west-end brewery has an enclosed patio area where you can tie up your dog and keep a close eye. Servers will be happy to keep free water bowl refills on tap but your own delicious drink refills will cost you!
Black Lab Brewing: With a motto like “Sit. Stay. Drink.”, you know this Leslieville brewery takes their dog culture seriously. Even their logo was inspired by Snoopy, the owners’ black lab. Black Lab Brewing also hosts dog-focused events, which in the past have included fundraising for rescue pups and a single’s mixer appropriately named “Must Love Dogs”.
Coffee & Canines
If beer isn’t your thing and you need an extra caffeine jolt for a round of fetch, head to one of these dog-friendly coffee shops in Toronto instead.
Tom & Sawyer: Found in Toronto’s east end, this local business makes preservative-free, restaurant-quality pet food that’s chock-full of nutrition. They offer packets of treats and little muffins for your pooch and coffee, juice and smoothies to keep you satisfied, too.
Field Trip: Hang out with your dog on the patio of Field Trip, where he or she will be kept happy with dog treats and water while you sip on an espresso, a cold-pressed juice or a loose-leaf tea. Their small menu includes sandwiches, toast and always at least one veggie option, making it a great place for a quick lunch.
The Distillery Districts: This is one of the most pet friendly areas in Toronto, thanks to its open cobblestone street and wide range of cafés, restaurants with large patios. Great spot to soak out the old world charm, be a proper tourist and stop for some brunch with your dog by your side.
Once your thirst and appetites are quenched, continue your exploration at any of these iconic Toronto outdoor playgrounds where you and your dog can frolic in the sun.
Toronto Island: Nothing beats a day on the island. Make your way via the ferry or a water taxi (a better option for dogs who may get nervous in crowds) and cruise along Lake Ontario for a day on the beach. The island’s Centreville amusement park is dog-friendly, too, but be sure to keep them on a leash.
Trinity Bellwoods: Trinity Bellwoods is not only a favourite local hangout during the summer months, but it also has an off-leash area where dogs can run free. Watch your pup make new friends, and make some yourself with a fellow dog owner.
Dog-friendly Hotels in Toronto
If you’re looking to spend a weekend in Toronto with your four-legged friend, here are some hotel options for a cozy stay for your furry friend.
The Broadview Hotel: The east-end Broadview Hotel has a VIP (ahem, Very Important Pet) Package, which gives you a pet bed, toy, treat and even a pet turndown service for an extra 40 CAD on your room rate.
The Westin Harbour Castle : If you’re looking for a something central and waterfront views, this is the spot! they love pets so much they allow two pets up to 40 lbs to stay for free. We love that!
Other pet-friendly boutique hotels in Toronto, (which you can read more about here!) include The Bisha Hotel and The Hazelton Hotel.
Are you heading to Toronto soon for a weekend getaway with your beloved fur baby? Ask us about arranging a private tour or bring your dog along on one of our guided group walking tours — we’ll be happy to have them along!