Dog Friendly Calgary: Sniffing Out The Best Pet Friendly Places

Pet friendly Calgary

Information Last Verified April 28, 2017 – While we’ve contacted and verified all the dog-friendly Calgary and area businesses listed below, we encourage you to give them a call before you visit to make sure their pet policy hasn’t changed and that they’re open for the season!

Now that we’ve finally got some great weather in Calgary, it’s a good time to head out and explore the city with your furry friend by your side! We’ve compiled a list of dog-friendly Calgary attractions and entertainment, patios, shopping and lodging to give you some new ideas for your next doggy date. If you know a business or attraction that’s not on our list, you can send us a message on Facebook, tweet it to us, or post a comment on the blog and we’ll get it posted!

Patios & Dining

Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall – 9615 Macleod Trail S. | 403-259-5447

Ranchman’s is the first dog licensed patio in Canada! Your pooch can dine in style with you on the patio while enjoying a refreshing bowl of water, but it’s a BYOT (bring your own treat) facility. In order to be on the patio, your dogs must be on leash at all times and have proof of vaccinations. Sit! Stay! & Play! for ‘Yappy Hour’ on the Ranchman’s Patio, 4 pm till the sun goes down every Tuesday – Saturday!

Creekside Bar & Grill – 1065 Canyon Meadows Drive SW | (403) 457-2411

Creekside Bar & Grill SW is a dog-friendly establishment and has hitching posts for your furbuddy. Their posts are on the east side of the patio in the shade, so your dog will be out of the sun, have access to ice water, a comfy mat and treats available when their owners stop in for a bevy or meal. They can accommodate 4 or 5 dogs at a time and always have appreciative owners and pets at the end of their stay.

Vin Room

Vin Room is now licensed at both their locations in Mission and West Springs to have dogs on the patio! Vin Room allows dogs on the front patio in Mission and on any part of the Vin Room West patio on Sundays – Wednesday. Dogs will need to have up-to-date shots and be well-behaved to hang out on the “paw-tio.”

Caffee Beano – 1613 9 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1E1

The benches outside Caffe Beano is a popular spot for dog lovers to enjoy a cup of Joe and chat with friends both two and four-legged.

Attractions & Entertainment

 

Banff Lake Cruise – Banff National Park | (866) 606-6700

This magnificent interpretive lake cruise of Minnewanka and the scenic Canadian Rockies is one hour and provides unique photo opportunities unavailable anywhere else. Dogs are allowed at the discretion of the captain and other passengers. Please call ahead for more info.

Calaway Park – Calgary, AB | (403) 240-3822

While Calaway Park doesn’t allow dogs on the fairgrounds, they do have a pet check where you can kennel them instead of leaving them in your vehicle or at the campground. The cost is $5 per dog, per day and you can have both of your dogs in the same kennel. The kennels are available during our operating hours, on a first come first serve basis and you must bring your own water and food dish and any food or toys for your pet.

Woodside Golf Course – 525 Woodside Drive NW, Airdrie | 403.686.GOLF

Bring your pooch to join you for a round of golf after 4 pm on Sundays! Leashed dogs are welcome to join you on the golf course and you must clean up after your pet.

Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary | 403-974-4200

You are welcome to visit the grounds and watch trainers exercise their horses with your dog on a leash. **Please note that pets are usually not allowed at events.** Please ensure that your dog is under control at all times and that you have everything you need to clean up after your pet. Also, take into consideration the crowds and distractions that Spruce Meadows can have and ensure that your dog has a suitable temperament.

Fort Calgary – 750 – 9th Avenue SE, Calgary | (403) 290-1875

Walk your dog on this beautiful 40-acre site just east of downtown Calgary. Dogs must be leashed, and are not allowed in buildings. Pets must be picked up after.

Latitude Art Gallery – 102A 708 11 Ave SW, Calgary | (403) 262-9598

Bring your dog along to ponder the hidden meanings of Canada’s most exciting and collectible contemporary artwork. Dogs welcomed in the Gallery but must be on a leash. All proceeds of the sales of their limited edition giclees go to support Four Feet Companion Foundation.

Color Me Mine Paint-Your-Own Ceramic Studio – Multiple Locations in Calgary and Area

Dogs are allowed in the studio to complete their very own paw print work of art! No appointment necessary unless you are coming with a group of 5 or more people (or dogs!)

dog friendly Calgary Color Me Mine

West Bragg Creek Trails – Kananaskis Country, AB

The West Bragg Creek Trails in Kananaskis Country are classified as off-leash, however, dogs are required to be on-leash when in the Parking Lot and a rough 100m radius around the parking lot. Once out on the trails you are allowed to let your dog off-leash, but proper trail etiquette must be followed.

When off-leash the following rules and etiquette apply:

  • When off-leash dogs MUST always be under control and not harassing wildlife, other users or cattle that grazes in the area during the summer.
  • Always keep dogs under control and out of the way of skiers, cyclists, and horses.
  • If dogs are on-leash be especially careful with long leashes that extend across tracks and trails.
  • If approaching a horse from behind, please call out to let them know you are there with a ‘Hello’.
  • In regards to dog poop: In the parking lot area please pick up after your dog and dispose of waste in the available trash cans. Once out on the trail, it is considered a natural area so they can go in the bush. If they go on the trail do the old stick and flick to get it off the trail and into the bushes.
  • The worst thing is doggie bags left or forgotten beside the trail.

Shopping

Photo courtesy of Jody Zesko
Photo courtesy of Jody Zesko

Sunnyside Home and Garden Calgary 3439 – 69 Street NW, Calgary | (403) 288-3006

Sunnyside is pet-friendly all season long! They gladly welcome all indoor pets, but they must be leashed and under control at all times. Enjoy the colourful tropical plant section, Koi pond and a Macaw named Sweet Pea, and check out the pet section to find a new toy for your furry friend. Their animal loving staff will want to give your pets some love, so don’t forget to ask for a treat at the tills!

 

Spruce It Up Garden Centre – 777-210 Ave SE, Calgary | (403) 201 7525

Leashed dogs are always welcome! They kindly ask that you pick up after your pet and give the resident cat some space if you plan to visit with your dog.

Naughty Nelly CalgaryNaughty Nelly – 1043 40 Avenue N.W. Calgary | 403.289.1108

This small shop offers accessories, giftware, and imports including many items created by local Calgary artists. Jewelry making is their specialty and they offer many classes and workshops. They are a dog-friendly store and always have treats and a bowl of water for your best friend.

Holt Refrew – 510 8th Ave SW | 403-269-7341

Dogs are allowed in the store while you shop, but they must be on a leash or in a purse or pet carrier.

Bass Pro Shop -112-261055 Cross Iron Blvd, CrossIron Mills, Rocky View | (403) 592-3900

Well-socialized dogs on a leash are welcome to shop with their human companions!

Blue Grass Nursery & Garden Centre – 260130B Writing Creek Crescent Rocky View County (Balzac) | 403.226.0468

Leashed, friendly dogs are allowed in the garden centre! There is a resident cat on site to be aware of.

 

Hotels & Lodging

Juniper Hotel – 1 Juniper Way, Banff | 1-866-551-2281

Juniper Hotel has 16 rooms and 2 cabins that are pet-friendly and there are no size restrictions. They’ll provide your pooch with a dog bed, water & food dishes, yummy treats and poop bags, plus there are walking trails on site. Dogs are allowed everywhere except in the bistro and directly on the bistro patio, but there are ample hitching stations around the patio area so you can keep an eye on your furry friend. They kindly request that you don’t leave your pet unattended in the room.

The Sheraton Suites Eau Claire – 255 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary | (403) 266-7200

The Sheraton Suites Calgary Hotel warmly welcomes your four-legged friends weighing less than 40 pounds at the hotel. They require that you do no leave your pet unattended in guest rooms and your dog will be provided a “doggy bed” to enhance the comfort and enjoyment of their stay.

Delta Bow Valley Hotel –  209 4th Ave SE, Calgary | 1-888-890-3222

The Delta Bow Valley Hotel is conveniently located in Downtown Calgary so you and your pet can take in the sights and sounds! They welcome up to two pets pet room, as long as the cats and dogs are under 50 pounds. Ask about their pet welcome kits when you book!

Hidden Ridge Resort – 901 Hidden Ridge Way Banff | 1-800-661-1372

Hidden Ridge Resort welcomes up to 2 pets per room for an additional $25 per pet, per night. Each of your pampered pets will be provided with a pet bed, bowls, and treats on arrival.

Ramada Cochrane – 10 Westside Drive, Cochrane | (403) 932-6355

The Ramada Cochrane welcomes you to bring a maximum of 2 pets in designated rooms for an additional $15 per pet, per stay.

Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre – 1316 33 Street NE Calgary | 403-248-8888

Coast Plaza Hotel welcomes up to two pets staying with their owners. The also offer a VIP (Very Important Pet) welcome gift bag with treats and a toy! There is a nice green patch to take your dog outside, and the hotel suppies poop bags. The pet fee is $20 per pet, per night and a waiver needs to be signed.

55 Responses to “Dog Friendly Calgary: Sniffing Out The Best Pet Friendly Places”

  1. lorraine jarron

    I think you can also bring your dogs into Urban Barn (crowfoot) and Rona

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    • Rachael

      You can! They also allow them in the Roxboro location and even have treats!

      Rona on Macleod and about 98th Ave allow them on leash.

      Lulu Lemon on 4 St SW allow dogs, have treats and water bowls.

      Kricket’s on 4th St SW

      Royal Bank on 4 St SW

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  2. Cait

    dogs are also allowed in Bass Pro Shop at CrossIron Mills 🙂

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    • Jessica Fielding

      Thanks for the tip! We’ve added it to the list.

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        • Marie Brown

          I was asked to leave Rona on 16 Ave with my 2 pound tea cup Yorkie who was on a leash and inside my coat.

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  3. Anne Heyes

    1043 40 Avenue N.W. Calgary
    Our small shop offers accessories, giftware and imports including many items created by local Calgary artists. Jewellery making is our specialty and we have many classes. Check out our website for the times and dates.

    We are dog friendly and always have treats and a bowl of water for your best friend.

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  4. Ian Sundby

    The Delta Lodge at Kananaskis is also a wonderful pet-friendly hotel. Please add it to your lodging list.

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  5. Leane

    The Fairmont Palliser in Calgary is a pet friendly hotel. There is a fee for pets to stay in the rooms with their owners but it’s so worth bringing them as all Fairmont Hotels are pet friendly. Also, the Palliser has tables in the lobby where the pet and owner can dine together.

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  6. Penny

    Solara Resort and Spa in Canmore is a pet friendly condo accommodation – same as Banff springs Rssort!

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  7. Gemma

    Other stores to add to list: Urban Barn in Mission, Saje in Misson, Crabapple Clothing in Marda Loop. they ask that they be well behaved. and some ask for smaller dogs only.

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  8. Nicky Morrison

    Roots in Beacon Hill has a “Dogs Welcome” sign on their door and they love it when you bring them in. There were also three different families with small dogs in Winners ( also Beacon Hill) last weekend and one young lady told me they were allowed but I did not confirm with the store. I have a chariot- like dog stroller from when one of mine got injured. I see no reason I shouldn’t be allowed to take them most places as long as they are confined. They love going to places they aren’t supposed to be in, haha.

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  9. NICKY MORRISON

    This is what I got back from Bluegrass Nursery in Balzac:

    We do allow pets just be aware there is a cat in residence here.

    From: Blue Grass Nursery [mailto:info@bluegrassnursery.com]
    Sent: April-16-16 8:28 AM
    To: bluegrass@telus.net

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  10. Shayla

    This is my go-to list to check where I may bring my dog shopping in Calgary! Please continue updating it ?

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    • Jessica Fielding

      That’s great to hear! We will keep updating it as we hear about new places. 🙂

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  11. Lacey's Mom

    Re NM’s comment of Apr 16, I have been asked to leave a Winners store even though my 5-lb dog was in a carrying kennel. They advised it was on account of their food sales.

    As to hotels, I have often stayed @ Calgary’s Delta South and they’ve been great with my dog. Fairmont Banff Springs also allows dogs.

    Would you also like info on the annual Blessing of the Animals services in Calgary? There are now many churches who offer this each Fall.

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  12. Rosalee

    Looking for pet friendly ideas in Canmore restaurants & things to do in town. Found lots of parks & hotels – just looking for other ideas too.

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  13. Aublivious

    All urban barns are pet friendly have been there with my pups a lot

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    • Darrel

      I was thinking the same. Bring my 180 lb Newfoundland to Holts and test this theory. Ha!

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  14. Stephanie

    Wholesale sports, West Elm, and Fiasco Gelato are all dog friendly as well!

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    • Jason

      RBC on 33rd Ave in Marda Loop allows dogs.. Plenty of treat and a water bowl… Staff will be all over your pup and if the camera is available, they take a Polaroid and add your fur baby to there “Dog Board”… Photo of my Pup Ella has been on display for almost a year 🙂

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      • Laila

        Same with td bank in mardaloop!
        Smokers corner in Kensington almost dogs inside.

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  15. Susan

    I’ve been to Homesense at Beacon, 130th Ave and Sunridge with my puppy and they never said anything. As well when I spoke to a sales person at the Homesense at 130th Ave, she told me when she was being trained to work there the first thing they learn is that pets of all kinds are allowed in Homesense! As well, another worker at the Beacon location said it was fine to bring in my puppy as long as he is on a leash.
    I’m sure if there is a Winners connected to a Homesense you should be fine bringing in your doggy friend!

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  16. Jason

    All Canadian Tire and Rona outlets allow dogs… it is prudent to ask first before entering. Cloverdale paint on 37 st Sw allow dogs, sportcheck in Canmore LOVE dogs too as well as Canadian tire in Canmore is confirmed 🙂

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    • Lindsay

      I was told I couldn’t go in with my very well behaved dog on a leash at the Rona on 16th ave. They said it was because they have popcorn there.

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    • Sonya

      I can confirm this! Was in there on the weekend because I needed a phone to call AMA. Staff were so helpful and offered my pup a treat.

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  17. Catia channa

    Westin CALGARY is dog friendly too. Pls add to the list. They even have special beds for your pooch.

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    • Jessica Fielding

      That’s a great question. I’m not sure about the plus 15 honestly.

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  18. Adam Morrison

    All of the shops (minus food establishments of course) in Inglewood (along 9th) are dog friendly! There are even 3 or so shops that have their own shop dogs just cruising around. Very friendly pooch in Etsy. Make an afternoon of it!

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    • Jessica Fielding

      That’s great info! I’ll do some research to get them added to our list. Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

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  19. Nicole Haddow

    I just emailed sportchek to ask. I’ll advise their response.

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  20. Nicole Haddow

    I received a response back and the manager at the downtown Sportchek allows well mannered dogs on a leash!

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  21. Jessica Fielding

    UPDATE May 12, 2017 – Banff Gondola NO LONGER ALLOWS dogs. This is a recent policy change so it has been removed from the list.

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  22. KFitz

    If this has already been commented I apologize. But Homesense, Winners and Marshalls allow dogs. Well behaved of course but I think that goes without saying. We go to these places weekly all over the city and people love it and it is great training for my pup. 😉

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    • Jessica Fielding

      I have heard that but haven’t been able to verify that with the stores. I will check it out. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  23. Kimberly

    Might be worth adding to your section on Spruce Meadows – Spruce Meadows does allow dogs on leash but some of the events there do not. Best to check ahead. For example – the Pet Expo does not allow dogs that are not with exhibitors. There were some very upset people there this year trying to bring their dogs in but were not allowed.

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  24. Marlene

    Coast Hotel gives an awesome VIP (Very Important Pet) welcome gift bag with treats and a toy! And there is a nice green patch to take your dog outside, they supply poop bags 😷

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  25. Cindy

    Great list! Nordstrom allows dogs too. I take my pup shopping there with me all the time. Bed, Bath, and Beyond by the University, too!

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  26. Michelle

    Thanks for all these tips! For hotels, Motel 6 in Airdrie lets pets stay for FREE

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  27. hkd

    We bought a car last year and our dog was allowed into all dealerships we took her into. Crowfoot Dodge, in the South Auto mall – Mercedes, Nissan, the Royal Oak Audi, etc.
    Winners on Stephen Ave lets dogs in, we went in with our training class last fall.

    Has anyone taken their dog to furniture stores? We need to buy furniture for our new home and it be so much easier to just bring her with us than leave her home alone for the day.
    Thanks.

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  28. Cindy Wilson

    Vine Arts on 1st St allows dogs- they have water available too.

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  29. Lia

    Crate and barrel at southcentre mall SE are pet friendly. On leash and all sizes are welcomed.

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  30. Christina

    Dogs are allowed on the patio at Midtown restaurant in Kensington as long as they’re on a leash 🙂

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  31. Aaron

    I was standing outside Michael’s in Beacon Hill with my dog waiting for my wife when a sales associate came outside to let me know that dogs are welcome at Michael’s. It was very appreciative as it was a very hot day so air conditioning was a blessing, the sales associate was a life saver and my dog had a blast exploring the store!

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