Pets are welcome in Elk Island National Park. The park is a great place for you and your pet to enjoy forests, lakes and meadows. Please follow Parks Canada regulations* and pet etiquette to ensure your personal safety and the safety of your pet. These rules also safeguard the comfort of other visitors and help protect park wildlife and habitat.

  • Dogs and Cats must be under physical control at all times. Physical control includes restraint by a leash that does not exceed 3 metres in length or confinement in a container or enclosure suitable for keeping the animal.
  • Dogs and cats must not chase, molest, bite or injure any person, other domestic animal or wildlife.
    Domestic animals must not be allowed to become a nuisance or cause unreasonable disturbance to persons, wildlife, property or facilities. This includes excessive barking;
  • Domestic animals must not be left unattended. This includes on your campsite or in a tent;
  • You are responsible for cleaning up your pets feces. Fecal matter deposited by the animal must be immediately picked up and taken to a refuse container or taken out of the park;
  • Be mindful that other visitors may be afraid of dogs. Do not let your dog approach other people without an invitation. On the trail, pet owners should yield to other visitors;
  • Cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and live poultry are not allowed in Elk Island National Park.

*Be aware that this is not a comprehensive list of all national park domestic animal regulations. For additional information about legislation within national parks, visit the Parks Canada Acts and Regulations webpage.