Springtime Adventures with Your Pooch: 7 Dog-Friendly Outdoor Activities in Peterborough, Ontario

Springtime is a wonderful time to enjoy outdoor activities with your dog in Peterborough, Ontario. The warmer weather, blooming flowers, and lush greenery make it the perfect time to get outside and explore with your four-legged friend. Here are some dog-friendly activities you can enjoy in the Peterborough area this spring:

  1. Hiking Through Jackson Park: 

With over 100 acres of forested land and a variety of trails, Jackson Park is the perfect spot for a scenic hike with your dog. Make sure to keep your dog leashed and explore the many trails available, including the picturesque Jackson Creek Kiwanis Trail.

  1. Visiting Beavermead Park: 

This park is near to a our only in-town off-leash dog area where your furry friend can run and play with other dogs. There are separate areas for large and small dogs with a middle section in between, ensuring a fun and safe experience for all. The park also features trails and picnic areas, perfect for a day out with your pup.

  1. Strolling along the Rotary Greenway Trail: 

This 20-kilometer multi-use trail runs through the heart of Peterborough and is a great way to explore the city with your dog. Leash up your pet and enjoy the scenic views of the Otonabee River, stopping at one of the many parks and rest areas along the way.

  1. Visit the Ecology Park: 

Discover the beauty of Peterborough’s Ecology Park with your dog. This five-acre park is not only an educational space, but it also features various gardens, walking trails, and a diverse range of native plants and wildlife. Stroll through the park together, take some time to learn about local ecology, and maybe even participate in one of the park’s dog-friendly workshops or events offered throughout the spring season.

  1. Canoeing on the Otonabee River: 

Many local canoe rental companies in Peterborough allow dogs to accompany their owners on the water. Enjoy a leisurely paddle down the river with your canine companion, taking in the beautiful views and wildlife that call this area home.

  1. Picnicking at Millennium Park: 

Located in downtown Peterborough (easily found at the end of King Street east of Water Street), this park offers plenty of green space for a relaxing picnic with your dog. Pack a lunch, bring a blanket, and spend the afternoon soaking up the sun and enjoying the outdoors. The Silver Bean Cafe boasts a dog friendly patio when they open for the year on May 1st, and their menu is delicious!

  1. Attending Dog-Friendly Outdoor Events: 

Throughout the spring and into summer, there are numerous outdoor events and festivals in Peterborough that welcome dogs. Keep an eye on local event calendars to find dog-friendly activities, such as outdoor markets, charity walks, and community gatherings.

  • Free Weekly Pack Walk

The T&P FREE Weekly Pack Walk meets every Sunday at 2pm until June – We’d love to see you there!

Remember to always follow local leash laws and clean up after your dog to ensure that these outdoor spaces remain welcoming and enjoyable for everyone.

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