Travelling with your dog in Québec City
All seasons, Québec City and area is welcoming and full of discoveries to do with your canine companion. Here are some practical tips to make the most of your stay.
It’s always a good idea to check the health of your dog before a long trip. You may need a health certificate or other documentation to take your dog on an airplane and enter Canada. Plan in advance to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Pet Friendly Hotels
When booking, check the establishment's policy regarding pets. From one establishment to another, the services offered differ and the related costs. For example, some places only accept small dogs, while others offer bowls, a cushion, a blanket and treats to make your dog feel like home. Although it isn’t recommended to leave a dog alone in a bedroom, some hoteliers will be more flexible and will only require a cellphone number to reach you. Others, will charge you a fee. Bring one of its toys. Your dog will find familiar smells and feel more comfortable in his new environment. Hang the Do not disturb sign on the bedroom door to prevent a stranger from banging and your dog from barking unnecessarily. Call the front desk instead if you need something.
Activities to Do with Your Dog
A walking tour is certainly the best way to discover Old Québec. On leash at all times, your dog can accompany you during your exploration of the fortifications, the Dufferin terrace, the Petit-Champlain district, the Plains of Abraham, etc.
For nature lovers, visit Domaine Maizerets, Bois-de-Coulonge Park and Plage-Jacques-Cartier Park for a bit of peace and quiet. You can also admire magnificent falls at Montmorency Falls Park or Canyon Sainte-Anne.
Regarding hiking with a dog, it isn’t the choice that is lacking in Québec City! Stroll to Mont-Sainte-Anne, Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, Marais du Nord, Montmorency Forest, Vallée Bras-du-Nord, Station touristique Duchesnay, Jacques-Cartier National Park and Portneuf Wildlife Reserve. To relax on a beautiful beach and enjoy the sun, head to the Baie de Beauport and to Canots Légaré for a canoe or paddle board trip.
Dogs are welcome on these sites, but please inquire about and respect the different regulations.
Dog Friendly Restaurants
Do you want to dine out with your faithful companion? Ô Poils Café Canin is the only place in Québec City dedicated to dogs and their owners.
In Canada, only service dogs are allowed in restaurants. However, a few restaurants admit them on their outdoor terraces, under certain conditions. It is recommended to call and inquire before hand.
Most restaurants in Québec City have a take-out menu and/or a delivery service. Foodora delivers meals among the most popular restaurants in town. You can order your meal and enjoy it in the comfort of your room.
Located in Place de la Cité shopping center, Chien Mondain offers several accessories and canine clothing imported or made in Québec. In addition, a daycare center allows you to leave your dog behind, for a maximum of 2 hours, to ease your shopping session on site or at Place Ste-Foy and Laurier Québec, two adjacent shopping centres.
Services for Dogs
For emergencies, go to Centre Vétérinaire Daubigny, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Pensions and Daycares
Plan in advance your outings without your dog to ensure a place in a daycare. Here are some addresses that will look after him. Ô Poils even offers day care starting at $5/hour. This is the ideal option when you want to go to a museum.
You need a dog walking service to exercise your dog? Ô Poils takes care of everything!
Dog Recreation Centre
Aqua Confort Animal (french only) is the ultimate dog recreation centre: indoor pool, social room and games, mental stimulation room, dog gym, agility course, massage therapy and spa.