10 Dog-Friendly Day Trip Ideas
1. The Forks
A must-go for anyone and everyone! The Forks has everything to offer - great selection of local beer/wine, a wide variety of food and beautiful sights. Bring your dog for a river walk and relax on one of the outdoor chairs provided.
Photo by @chewy.chowbacca
Quick Tip: Drop by the Bonnycastle Dog Park, a fully fenced off-leash dog park, to tire out your high-energy dog and make your way to The Forks via the river walk. Make sure to pick up some Fete Ice Cream first!
2. Exchange District
Officially a National Historic Site, the Exchange District is an architecturally stunning area full of funky boutiques, amazing patios, and eye-catching murals. Bring your dog to the heart of the Exchange District - the Old Market Square - a great urban park that comes alive with musical performances and a variety of festival in the summer months, grab a beer with your pup at Little Brown Jug's cute patio, and just take in the beautiful sights of the District.
3. Bridge Drive-In
Bridge Drive-In, or BDI, as its famously known to Winnipeggers, is more than just ice cream. Bridge Drive-In is located on Jubilee Avenue at the foot of the beautiful pedestrian-only bridge. Grab a 'Goog' or share a 'Sleeping Beauty', and then take a stroll across the bridge towards the beautiful neighbourhood of Kingston Crescent.
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4. Winnipeg Beach
Winnipeg Beach is a cute town located approximately 1 hour (drive) away from the City of Winnipeg. A terrific place to celebrate summer. Enjoy the sights, stroll the boardwalk, and catch the cool breeze.
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Quick Tip: Access the off-leash dog beach south of the Water Tower.
5. Little Mountain Park
The most beautiful off-leash dog park within the city! This park features a lush aspen forest, native prairie and trails for hiking and skiing. It is also the site of one of Winnipeg's first limestone quarries. Look for signs demarcating the off-leash area.
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6. La Barriere Park
This 323 acre park hugs the banks of the La Salle River, just outside the southern edge of Winnipeg. Areas have been developed for walking and cross-country skiing. In summer this is the perfect place to bring your dog to roam along the edge of the river. The views here are stunning and the footbridge is Insta-worthy!
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7. Whiteshell Provincial Park
Pretty much unlimited amount of options in this provincial park. Whiteshell Provincial Park has a multitude of lakes, rivers and trails to be discovered. The Hunt Lake Hiking Trail is one of the top picks - albeit being a little crowded in the summer months. It features a lake and is rated as difficult, but definitely worth it!
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8. Birds Hill Provincial Park
A mere 30 minute drive from the city, Birds Hill Provincial Park features hill and ridges formed by ancient glaciers. This park has a lake, oak and aspen forests, native prairie wildflowers (including several species of rare orchids), deer, waterfowl and songbirds. Take your four-legged best friend along the Lakeview or Carriageway Trail to enjoy all that nature has to offer. Note: best to avoid the Carriageway Trail if you have a reactive dog (there are horses).
Photo by @buddythehuskyshepherd
9. Hecla Island Provincial Park
Hecla Provincial Park comprises of a number of islands in Lake Winnipeg. Stroll by the water on Lighthouse Trail or opt for one of the quieter trails within Hecla. The West Quarry Trail on the northern part of the island is a beautiful trail full of history - definitely a "must-visit"!
10. Mantario Trail
For the experienced hikers wanting to take up a challenge, the trail to Caribou Lake (and back) is do-able in a day. The trail begins behind the Mantario Trail sign and follows an old logging road for a few hundred meters before turning right to head north. This section of the trail features countless climbs and descents over steep terrain. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Bring a map (or a dog who can help!) as markings aren't the best.