Travelling with Your Pet
Published August 27, 2021 | Verna Lynne
Categories: Attractions & Sightseeing
Yes, Prince Edward Island is pet friendly, albeit, choosing a place to stay and searching out things to do with Fido as a travelling companion does require some extra planning. This “ruff” guide will help to ensure that you and your pet have a safe and relaxing vacation on Prince Edward Island. While here, we encourage you to take time to “paws” and smell the salty ocean air.
When sailing aboard either the Northumberland Ferries or CTMA, you are welcome on the outside passenger deck with your pet on a leash or in a carrier. Each ferry offers other tips and information online.
For help in deciding where to stay, browse TourismPEI.com/where-to-stay using the advanced search for “pets permitted”. We recommend chatting with proprietors or reservation staff when booking about any extra fees or limitations with pets. If this is Fido’s first time enjoying the creature comforts of a hotel, cottage, inn or campground, please read up on pet etiquette while staying in shared spaces.
Provincial beaches and most public beaches do allow dogs on leash. When exploring the PEI National Park, you may take your dog into picnic areas, camping areas and along trails. However, pets are not permitted on the beach in the National Park from April 1 to October 15.
You may find it challenging to find a sidewalk café or outdoor patio where Fido can join you because of city bylaws and public health legislation. Generally, pets are not permitted where food is stored or served – the exception is service dogs. Your best-bet may be to seek out food trucks, patios and take-outs where servers do not handle or deliver the food to the tables. In Charlottetown, check out Victoria Row and the Sugar Skull Cantina. Other good options include the food truck village in Summerside and any one of the more than 50 dairy bars across the Island.
Dog Parks - The best dog park on Prince Edward Island (and one of the largest in Canada) is Upton Farmlands in Charlottetown. This designated off-leash park is 20 acres that is fenced with waterfront; the remainder of the property is designated on leash. You’ll also find a dog park at the PEI Humane Society in Charlottetown and in most municipalities.
Shopping - In Charlottetown, look for the “Paws Downtown” signs in the windows of pet-friendly retailers and service providers who want to do their part to prevent pets from being left in hot cars in summer. Some shops even have a water bowl, poo bags and treats on hand - a dog’s gotta eat and drink too, right? Visit the PEI Humane Society’s list of PEI Pet-Friendly Stores.
Medical: Take along a copy of your pet’s rabies vaccination certificate. There are veterinary clinics and kennels located across the Island to help you care for your pet while on vacation.
Insider tip: Does your vacation bucket list include fiddling or a boat cruise? If so, fetch an Authentic PEI Experience reservation with the Fiddling Fisherman where dogs are always welcome aboard his ‘Chaisson A Dream’ fishing vessel.
Have a “pawsitively” great time on Prince Edward Island!