Walk Your Dog Around The County
Upon arriving in The County, give everyone the chance to stretch their legs with a visit to off-leash dog park in Picton. It’s located in Delhi Park – the largest recreational greenspace in Picton.
According to their website, there are two parking options for guests:
- “Lalor Street Parking Lot – Enter Lalor St . off of York Street. The lot is at the very end of the street. After parking, follow the wide trail to the park. Motor vehicles are not permitted on the trails.”
- “Mary Street Parking Lot – At the south end of Elizabeth St. After parking, carefully make your way down the hill at the south end of the lot.”
There are nine conservation areas throughout The County, and all of them welcome well-behaved dogs on a leash, as long as owners are conscientious of cleaning up after them. Check out their websites below:
- Demorestville Conservation Area (Demorestville)
- Harry Smith (Ameliasburgh)
- H.J. McFarland (2 km east of Picton)
- Little Bluff (Picton)
- Macaulay Mountain (Picton)
- Massassauga Point (Belleville)
- Milford Mill Pond (Milford)
- Rutherford-Stevens Lookout (Waupoos)
Last but certainly not least is the Milllennium Trail. It runs from Picton to Carrying Place, offering a seemingly endless route for on-leash walks. It’s important to note that you’ll have to share the trail with others, though – you may run into anyone from walkers, cyclists, and ATV-ers to people on golf carts or horses. In the winter, you’re bound to see snowshoers and cross country skiers, too.
Visit Pet-Friendly Wineries, Breweries, and Cideries
Wineries That Welcome Dogs
Good news, wine lovers: Almost all of the wineries in Prince Edward County welcome dogs! Here’s a master list of pet-friendly wineries for your convenience. Use it to plan your self-guided wine tour with your four-legged friend.
- Amanda’s Vineyards (Picton)
- Black Prince Winery (Picton)
- Broken Stone Winery (Hillier)
- By Chadsey’s Cairns Winery (Wellington)
- Closson Chase Winery (Hillier)
- Del-Gatto Estates Ltd. (Picton)
- Exultet Estates (Milford)
- Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery (Hillier)
- Gravel Hill Vineyards (Hillier)
- Harwood Estate Vineyards (Hillier)
- Hillier Creek Estates (Hillier)
- Hinterland Wine Company (Hillier)
- Huff Estates Inn & Winery (Bloomfield)
- Karlo Estates (Wellington)
- Keint-he Winery & Vineyards (Wellington)
- Lacey Estates Winery (Hillier)
- Long Dog Vineyard & Winery (Milford)
- Redtail Vineyards (Consecon)
- Rosehall Run (Wellington)
- Sandbanks Winery (Wellington)
- Stanners Vineyard (Hillier)
- Sugarbush Vineyards (Hillier)
- Three Dog Winery (Picton)
- Trail Estate Winery (Hillier)
- Waupoos Estates Winery (Picton)
For a complete, up-to-date list of dog-friendly wineries, check out the Prince Edward County Winegrowers Association. They have an archive of wineries, and you can filter your search for dog-friendly locations.
Breweries That Welcome Dogs
Avid beer fans, we see you, too. While wineries vastly dominate in The County, breweries are starting to catch up, and many of them are pet-friendly. (As an added bonus, five of these breweries are on Trip Advisor’s list of “10 Best Breweries in Prince Edward County”, as voted by County visitors themselves.)
- 555 Brewing Company (Picton)
- Barley Days Brewery (Picton)
- Gillingham Brewery (Hillier)
- Midtown Brewing Company (Wellington)
- Parsons Brewing Company (Picton)
- Prince Eddy’s Brewing Company (Picton)
Cideries That Welcome Dogs
Are you more of a cider person? The County has you covered there, too. Here are the cideries that will give a big warm welcome to you AND your dog:
- Apple Falls Cider Company (Carrying Place)
- Loch Mór Cider Company (Hillier)
- The County Cider Company (Waupoos)
Enjoy a Bite to Eat
Planning on hitting the stores in Prince Edward County? Grab a bite to eat while you’re at it at these dog-friendly places:
- The Bean Counter Café (Picton) – Dogs are welcome on their outdoor patio in the summer.
- The Old Greenhouse Ice Cream Shop (Wellington) – Treat your dog to an Abby Cup – a small cup of soft serve with a dog bone on top!
If you want a bigger meal, consider grabbing some takeout from a local restaurant and having yourself a picnic with your pooch. It’s a great way to unwind in nature at one of the nine conservation areas mentioned above. You can sample the local cuisine without sacrificing time with your dog – it’s a win-win!
Pro Tip: Some stores are dog-friendly, too. Check out Books & Company on Main Street in Picton – but expect to run into their resident store cat.
Hit The (Dog) Beach
When you think Prince Edward County, we’re willing to bet that Sandbanks Provincial Park – with its sandy beaches and picturesque dunes – is the first thing that comes to mind. While the majority of the park is not open to pets, there are some exceptions.
Dogs are welcome on-leash at Sandbanks Beach (also known as Richardson’s Beach) and on a portion of Outlet Beach. These areas are packed with beach-goers in the summer weather, so make sure your dog is well socialized and friendly before bringing them here. If they don’t do well around strangers, children, and other dogs, this is not the place for them.
Another option is Wellington Rotary Beach– a small stony/sandy beach off of Main Street in Wellington. Dogs are welcome on-leash here, but the same cautions as above apply: This is a busy area, and your dog should be friendly and socialized before coming here.
Follow Pet Etiquette
Not everyone is a dog person (I know, we can’t imagine it either), and that means there are certain rules pet owners are expected to follow when travelling with their four-legged friends.
When walking around town, be sure to clean up after your pets and properly dispose of the waste. If you’re staying at a pet-friendly property (more on that below), then be conscientious of whether or not your dog barks when you leave them home alone – especially if you have neighbours nearby. Please keep your pets off the furniture and make sure the only thing they’re chewing is their designated toys. If something is damaged, notify the appropriate person immediately.
That should just about cover it. All that’s left now is to find a pet-friendly place to stay on your next visit to The County. Luckily, we’ve got you covered there, too.
Find a Pet-Friendly Property
We have over 50 properties for our guests to choose from – including many pet-friendly vacation rentals. Check them out:
Picton Century Home
3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms
Hill Street Blue
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
Wind and Waves
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
For a full list of pet-friendly properties, you can search our vacation properties here. Simply enter your desired dates, select ‘PET FRIENDLY’ under the Rentals section, then select ‘Dog-friendly’ from the list that appears.