Ottawa’s pet friendly neighbourhoods

Ottawa is famed for its stunning nature and generous green space. This pet friendly city is bursting with communities that love their furry friends almost as much as you do!

By Homicity

Jul 19, 2019

Ottawa’s pet friendly neighbourhoods

Ottawa is well known as a haven for those who love the outdoors. After all, over ⅕ of the land in our city is dedicated to green spaces, parks, or natural areas. And Ottawans love to spend time outdoors: the National Capital Commission reported nearly 1.5 million people laced up their skates on the Rideau Canal this past season, a new record for the Capital. 

Between the Rideau River, the Ottawa River, Gatineau Park, and more, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor play areas. But what about if you want to bring Fido along on your next outdoor adventure? Ottawa boasts many different pet-friendly communities: whether you’re looking for bird, cat, or dog friendly neighbourhoods, we’ve got you covered!


Tucked amongst Ottawa’s trendy west-end, Britannia is a true haven for those who love the outdoors. Named for its hallmark, Britannia Beach and Conservation Area, residents of Britannia are never far from the beauty of the Ottawa Valley and the Ottawa River, which forms the northern boundary of the neighbourhood. As well as a swimming area for dogs and their humans, Britannia Beach offers a splash pad, playgrounds, picnic areas, and hiking trails. 


While this west end community is probably better known for its mall, Bayshore has plenty to offer naturalists as well. The nearby Andrew Haydon Park is a popular destination for birdwatching, nature photography, and simply enjoying the stunning sunsets over the Ottawa River. Within Bayshore Park, you’ll find the Bayshore Community Garden. From pros to amateurs, all gardeners are welcome to contribute - no green thumbs required!

Sandy Hill

Sandy Hill is home to universities, students, and yes, plenty of furry friends! Just steps from popular dog friendly destinations like Byward Market (home of the popular Byward Barket) or Major Hill Park, this cozy community is the perfect home for you and your pooch. Strathcona Park provides a scenic entrance to the Rideau River pathway, which boasts baseball diamonds, outdoor workout equipment, and a spacious off leash dog park. Bonus- Sandy Hill is an easy walk away from many different pet friendly hotels in Ottawa, so your pup can welcome visitors with ease!

Arlington Woods

For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Arlington Woods is the ultimate family and pet friendly community. Bordered by the Ottawa Greenbelt, residents of Arlington Woods are never far from gorgeous natural conservation areas. Arlington Woods is also nearby Ottawa’s largest dog park, Bruce Pit. With trails, open fields, and some of the best tobogganing hills in the city, Bruce Pit has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. 

Greenboro East

As the name suggests, Greenboro East is one of Ottawa’s greenest neighbourhoods. Extremely walkable, the community features pedestrian and cycling pathways throughout its streets. The dogs of Greenboro East will agree, however, that the shining jewel of the neighbourhood is Conroy Pit. Owned and maintained by the NCC, Conroy Pit features acres and acres of woodlands, fields, and trails for you and your pup to explore. 

Go explore!

From Pink Lake to the Greenbelt, the National Capital Region is filled with stunning scenery and picturesque parks. There’s no need to leave Fido behind; Ottawa contains many pet friendly parks, shops, and communities. Comment your favourite place to explore with your pets below!

Ready to make the move to Canada’s greenest city? Set up a property search in Ottawa, explore different neighbourhoods, or find a REALTOR to help with your search. 


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