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Would you like to go camping with you and your dog?
We explain how to prepare and where to go!

BEFORE THE GREAT START

Plan a visit to your veterinarian about four to six weeks before your departure to ensure that your dog’s vaccines are up to date and have a microchip implanted in case he goes on the run. In addition, the veterinarian and his team will be better able to advise you on the different pest control treatments recommended depending on the region where you will go with Fido.

However, for dogs that do not withstand transport by car it is unfortunately not recommended to take them. On the other hand, for those who seem comfortable in the car, to plan tests before your departure by making them make cars tour several weeks before the trip to know their reaction. Symptoms such as excessive salivation and vomiting are a sign of motion sickness. Your veterinarian can help you find a solution to stress caused by motion sickness possibly even with a natural treatment. Be aware that during your drive, you will have to take a break at least once every three hours with or without motion sickness. This allows your pet to stretch, drink and do his needs.

Ideally tie your dog in the vehicle with a harness or, if it is small, carry it in a cage designed for this purpose. In addition, your dog must not obstruct the driver’s view or interfere with the driving of the vehicle.

 

ITS EQUIPMENT
Photo courtesy Polytrans le savoir flairbrosse et peigne

To make your dog feel a bit like home, it’s a good idea to bring your favourite blanket and cushion with you. Also bring his usual food in sufficient quantities and rewards to encourage him in his good behaviour. Do not forget his toys and bags to pick up his droppings! His vaccination booklet can also be useful to you if you have a problem with the vet you have to deal with. Here is the list of other items you could put in your luggage for camping:

  • foldable nylon bowls;
  • waterproof for dogs and towels;
  • to dry it in case of rain;
  • harness, leash and anchor stake;
  • insect repellent and sunscreen for dogs;
  • carrying bags (backpack) for your dog;
  • first aid kit.

 

RULES OF CONDUCT IN CAMPSITES

As a general rule, each campsite has its own rules. But regarding dogs the code of conduct of all campsites is quite similar. It is for dog owners, but also for all campers, to adopt rules of good citizenship and respect for all. Here are the highlights of this code of conduct:

  • keep an eye on our dog, that is to say, he is under surveillance;
  • keep your dog on a leash at all times;
  • never let our dog bark;
  • pick up excrement and dispose of them in designated rubbish bins.

CAMPING IN QUÉBEC
Photo courtesy Eukanuba Canada

We present you 10 places where you and your dog are welcome! No matter the campsite, you will benefit from extraordinary landscapes and infrastructure adapted to the visit of your companion. Many of these campsites, with hurricane services (tents), offer competitive activities such as hiking, canoeing, sea kayaking, fishing and scenic museum tours as well as folk villages. This is an opportunity to visit the most beautiful corners of Quebec. Some pitches require additional fees for dogs.

 

Here are 10 of the most beautiful destinations
and campsites where you could bring with your dog:

  1. Appalachian Park: The Appalachian Park is considered a natural jewel. It is located in the heart of a mountain range that is part of the Montmagny RCM in the Chaudière-Appalaches region. There are more than 150 campsites at your disposal as well as many other types of accommodation!
  2. Camping des Voltigeurs: Camping des Voltigeurs is a huge nature area located on the edge of the Saint-François River near Drummondville in the Drummond RCM, in the Center-du-Québec region.
  3. Camping La Bannik: Located in Duhamel-Ouest in the Témiscamingue RCM, Camping La Bannik has a varied service offering where the landscapes are breathtaking!
  4. Kan-à-Mouche Outfitter: The Kan-à-Mouche outfitter is camped at Lake Carmel, 5 km before Saint-Michel-des-Saints, in the north of Lanaudière in the land of lakes and fish!
  5. Frontenac National Park: Located on the outskirts of Grand Lac Saint-François, the 3rd largest lake south of the St. Lawrence River, Frontenac National Park is an incredible wildlife haven!
  6. Jacques Cartier National Park: The Jacques Cartier National Park is home to one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Quebec, the spectacular Jacques-Cartier Valley, only 30 minutes from the Quebec City.
  7. Domaine de l’Ange-Gardien: The Domaine de l’Ange-Gardien campsite offers you the tranquility of the countryside just minutes from the tourist attractions of Ottawa City.
  8. Lac-Kénogami Tourist Center: Lac-Kénogami, in the Haut-Saguenay, is a huge lake with 136 islands and a sandy beach.
  9. Camping and Ranch du Fjord: This campsite, in the mouth of the Saguenay River, has something for everyone with several locations giving a breathtaking view of the river and wonderful sunsets!
  10. Camping Baie de Gaspé: At the Forillon National Park’s attractions Centre, Camping Baie de Gaspé is the ideal place for campers wishing to enjoy the activities of Forillon National Park and the sandy beach of Cap-aux-Os.

Enjoy the beautiful season that comes to discover new lands in our wonderful province accompanied, of course, your best furry friend!

© Martine Lavallée B.A.A. and animal health technician-T.S. AT.

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