Tips for a Successful Hike With Your Dog

The hot season has arrived, and with it, your favourite summer activities. If you’re planning to take your dog on your next hikes and forest outings, you will first have to choose your destination, then make sure you bring the necessary equipment for a successful hike with your furry friend.

Choosing a trail

As a dog owner, you know how difficult it is to find a trail where your pet is also welcome. Some of the most impressive trails and views are generally forbidden to animals.

Fortunately, your four-legged companions are now authorized in several National Parks in the province of Quebec. However, it’s always a good idea to check official websites beforehand to make sure. Here is a brief selection of locations to add to your list of must-sees:

Hautes-Gorges-de-la-rivière-Malbaie National Park, Charlevoix

A must-see destination for international tourists, this park now welcomes dogs on most of its trails along the river and its rapids. Several lookouts are located there.

Mount Orford National Park, Eastern Townships

This area is very popular in winter for its ski slopes, but you can enjoy it in summer without leaving your dog behind. You will find trails for all levels as well as breathtaking peaks.

Opémican National Park, Abitibi-Témiscamingue

With access to the heritage trail and the Estacade trail along the shore of Lake Temiskaming, it’s worth a visit!

Mount Tremblant National Park, Laurentian Mountains

The perfect place for your weekends out of town is now even more welcoming and allows you to share it with your best furry friend who is allowed on many trails in the various areas.

Equipping your dog

If you are used to venturing into the woods, you are probably already equipped with all the necessary gear to enjoy your outings. However, it is important to equip your dog as well to optimize the experience with outdoor accessories for dogs.

Outdoor accessories for dogs

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A harness

A comfortable, well-fitted harness will allow you to help your companion through rugged trails and ensure your pet’s safety near any cliffs. We know how distracted dogs can get at the sight of a squirrel.

A bowl

Be sure to bring a bowl for your dog to drink from. Some waterproof models will take up very little space in your bag and you will prevent Fido from quenching his thirst in a body of water where harmful bacteria may be found.

A nutritious snack

Don’t forget to prepare a snack for your pet! If you are planning a picnic at the top of a summit, your dog will also need nutritious treats to maintain energy levels.

A backpack

If your dog has energy to spare, why not bring along a suitable backpack? This will allow for carrying your pet’s own water supply, excrement bags and perhaps a snack bone.

To the trails!