Fur babies. Man’s best friend. However you refer to your dog, there is no doubt that they are loving, loyal and entertaining companions. After spending so much time home over the last year and a half, it can be hard to leave your four-legged friend at home, even just to run errands or meet a friend for a drink. But do not fear – National Dog Day is today, a day when your social media feed is flooded with pictures of everyone’s pooch. To celebrate, we have compiled a list of our favourite places to go with our dogs in the Calgary area.


Cute dog sitting in showhome

Magoo, Wedderburn Showhome

Patios & Retail

Half Hitched Brewing, Cochrane – This family-run brewery has a dog friendly patio!

Cold Garden Beverage Company, SE Calgary – The original dog-friendly brewery in Calgary still happily welcomes your four-legged friends.

Sorso Lounge, Airdrie – This “something-for-everyone” lounge and café is happy to host you and your pooch on their patio.

Tail Blazers Legacy, SE Calgary – Tail Blazers is an industry leading pet store. Their Legacy location, as well as many others around Calgary, working hard to bring you the highest quality food and treats for your dogs (and cats!). Your dog will surely be happy to sniff around this store when you take them shopping.

Cabela’s, NE Calgary – Getting ready for your next outdoor adventure? Bring Fido along to help get you ready for any outdoor adventure you two go on.

Luna & Kai, Bowmont Off-Leash Area

Jake, Sue Higgins Park

Canadian Tire, NW Calgary – Household errands are much more fun with your pup tagging along!


Town of Okotoks Off-Leash Park, Okotoks – Accessed through the community of Drake Landing, this park provides a clean safe environment for your dog to run, play and socialize.

Nose Hill Park, NW Calgary – One of the largest off-leash parks in North America with seemingly endless space to play and explore away from busy city life.

Sue Higgins Park, SE Calgary – Located on the banks of the Bow River, Sue Higgins Park is home to the largest fenced off-leash dog area in the city. The park features marshy areas and grasslands to explore with extensive wildlife.

Bowmont Off-Leash Area, NW Calgary – Up for a little adventure? The Bowmont off-leash area is a great place to take a hike with your best friend along the riverbank.

Before visiting any of the above-mentioned locations, we encourage you to check in with business owners or management for their most up-to-date policies on dog visitors. And as always, have a leash and waste bags with you.

Let us know your favourite places to take Fido in the comments and be sure to share your #nationaldogday posts with us on social media!

Pete, happy Sterling Homes Mountainview resident