Loving dogs is another way Winnipeggers are so welcoming and nice. Play, eat and overnight in Winnipeg at places that open doors for you AND your fur child!
If your canine could talk, this is what he might say:
- “Let’s eat!” – ice cream licks for kicks
- “Let’s sniff around.” – shop for books and rocks or groom the locks
- “Cut to the chase.” – walk and run with tours and off-leash parks for dogs
- “K. Tired now.” – get a woof overhead at a pet-friendly hotel
“Let’s eat!” – Ice Cream Licks for Kicks
For ice cream, however, places like Dug & Betty’s, named after InFerno’s original owner Fern Kirouac Sr.’s basset hounds, have many online rufferals. Share a Dashing Dug Sundae with Charlie or treat Coco to a cone.
Or head over to Bonnycastle dog park and then “pup” by Fête Ice Cream and Coffee next door for some housemade treats and pup cones. If you’re lucky, you might even make the “Doggie Wall of Fame.”
“Let’s Sniff Around” – Shop for books and shoes (not for chewing)
The nice people at Whodunit Mystery Bookstore on Lilac Street let you browse the books with your dog on a leash while searching for the latest release or a classic.
While Whodunit offers a full range of crime fiction, what isn’t nicer than a dog mystery, not as in “where’s the dog, honey” but mysteries where a prodogonist figures out the crime, presumably using the sniffer. Look for dog titles like The More the Terrier, The Silence of the Chihuahuas, Dog On It or Murder at the Puppy Fest.
The beauty of having a lapdog you can carry is being able to shop the shops of Outlet Collection Winnipeg, a tony-feeling space with DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, Saks Off 5th and more. Blue collar tykes welcome.
After a long shopping spree, treat Bella to luxury relaxation at Barks n’ Bubble Pet Spa Inc. or a pawdicure at The Pawsh Dog - which is also a great spot for doggy day camp. Be sure to admire your nice (and good) girl.
“Cut to the Chase” – Walk and run through art and parks
Take your pal for a stroll through the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in the Assiniboine Park. Leashed friends are welcome inside the garden – as long as they’re well behaved and don’t go too mutts!
Near the lovely Pagoda Gardens in King’s Park is a wide open off-leash area for Max to run, fetch, swim and socialize with other like-minded critters. You’ll also meet other nice dog people out tossing discs for their happy dogs.
Brenda Leipsic Dog Park is partially open within the wooden fence area. Check here for many other off-leash parks for you and your pet to get exercise. He runs. You stoop and scoop. It’s the leashed you could do.
“K. Tired Now.” Get a woof overhead at a pet-friendly hotel
Many places in Winnipeg welcome your hairy friends and have great staycation packages too.
Fairmont Winnipeg package deal includes a $50 credit towards dining and drinks in The Lounge, in-room movies or pet fees, complimentary self-parking, a 3pm late check-out and free cancellation (24 hours prior to arrival). Close to The Forks, you can bring your dog along when you visit the outdoor portion of The Common.
Holiday Inn Winnipeg South package deal - Book the Canada Road Trip, Gas and Go package to enjoy a $25 gas card for every qualifying night stayed. Pet fee is $15 per night.
Motel 6 Headingly/Winnipeg West package deal - Family Stay & Play with Thunder Rapids Amusement Park - One night stay, four passes to Thunder Rapids plus a $20 food gift card. No additional pet fees.
Victoria Inn package deal includes one night accommodation, with two adult and two child passes to the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Pet fee is $25 per night and the main floor is dedicated to pet friendly rooms.
Other pet-friendly places offering packages include Marriott International, Norwood Hotel, Mere Hotel, Lakeview Signature, Super 8 Winnipeg East and West, Travelodge Winnipeg East.
Many of these nice hotel deals make it an easy decision to bring your devoted hound along. Add #WinnipegNice and #CanadaNice to social posts for the chance to be featured.