Lately, many people have asked me for my top fave places to take my dogs – when we go on vacation with them. Many do not think there is even an option to travel with their dogs – especially my crew of 5! Respect their rules such as:
1. Some places state pets are not allowed on furniture – some do not care!
2. Dogs must be on leash around the facility;
3. Pick up after your dog, a common sense rule!
4. Some allow you to leave your dogs inside the room in a kennel, some do not. Respect your neighbouring suites and insure your dog is not howling and barking while being inside the room. Some also disallow dogs unsupervised due to maids needing to enter the suite;
5. Plan for events if you do take your dogs – that they can stay in your car without overheating (or freezing) – or that the locations you are visiting, are pet friendly;
As my dogs are my kids, I try and take them anywhere I am allowed to – and try my best to adjust my travel plans so that I can include them. Many people wonder ‘why does she always leave out Mei Mei’, my coyote looking girl – simple fact – she hates change, she hates new people – and she would rather much enjoy her time at Sleep Rover. Also, another fact, most accommodations do not allow you to bring more than two dogs – but i will always try to sweet talk them into three (Thor!).
There is ONE place in Alberta that I have encountered that not only is it a one time charge of $25/night to bring a dog – you can bring as many dogs as you can handle!!! This would be the Copperstone Resort in Dead Mans flat – only a few mins south of Canmore, Alberta. Not only do they understand us dog owners (by placing most pet friendly suites on ground level) – but their facility is modern, clean and the staff are amazingly friendly. Topped with an underground garage – you cannot go wrong with spending some time away from the hustle and bustle of Calgary whether in the winter, or summer! They have a large outdoor pool and amazing views and close to many great hiking trails.
The fanciest place I have taken my dogs is Sutton Mountain Resort in Revelstoke.
The rooms are pricey – but you are paying to live in the convenience of great restaurants, pubs and of course a ski in/ski out convenience. The Resort also has a large heated underground parking and modern suites. Your own kitchen suite helps save you money! The suites get as large as a three bedroom and the powder is definitely worth the visit if you are an avid skier/snowboarder!
Last year I was so excited to visit Whistler.
Shogun had a Dock Dog Competition (well so did Thor & Bourbon, they didn’t bring their A Game..)
I was equally excited because Whistler has got to be the most Pet Friendly town I have visited with the dogs. We took our three boys and booked ourselves a bedroom at Adara Hotel. It was a centrally located boutique hotel on the quiet side of Whistler. We got greeted by the front desk person, who was extremely welcoming – the lobby was small but cozy.
You will be paying $20 per night to have your dog. The rooms were tiny compared to our Canmore favorites – but it does the job. All fixings were modern and loft like! The highlight, walking around the town of Whistler with poop bag stands at every intersection and my favorite, patio eating WITH your dog!! 🙂
Our boys sat nicely as they watched us eat – and were the highlight of every walker by!
An experience for everyone! My blog entry goes into detail on our trip to Whistler!
Most recently – i have enjoyed the individual rentals offered by fellow pet lovers on the website VRBO.com or individual websites such as the Castle Mountain one where we found this gorgeous ski in/out near Pincher Creek.
It is a whole house owners rent out – and many of them are pet friendly!
You get the balance of leaving the city in a beautiful outdoor setting – but the conveniences of a home! Castle Mountain is also pet friendly but more secluded and small. Smaller hill than Revelstoke – but still a great place for your family to visit! Some homes, like this one, can sleep up to 12 people – so sign up a bunch of your friends to go on a great trip together. Price here however was $50 per dog for the whole stay, which was a 3 night minimum during busy ski/board season!
We are excited to report in the Spring/Summer of this year, where we trial out some homes in Kelowna by the lake and to visit our FIRST Doggy Beach! Stay tuned!!! We are so excited.