Doggietimes in Maritimes

Doggietimes in Maritimes
September 2, 2010 by Connie Wilson

 

I've always wanted to travel to the Maritimes in Eastern Canada; however, when choosing vacation destinations, warmer climes, like the South of France, usually win out; this summer, though, my Maritime travel dreams were fulfilled.  After attending a family wedding near Ottawa, I made my way east to Prince Edward Island (PEI is Canada's smallest province, birth place of Confederation and home of the iconic Anne of Green Gables) then travelled to Halifax, Nova Scotia and wound along the shoreline south of there. The coastline scenery was a feast for the eyes and reason enough to plan further holidaying here; other delights like the seafood which was absolutely mouthwateringly delicious (think fresh lobster, scallops and oysters), and the houses with their unique architecture and detailing (some of them dating back to the 1800's), made the trip even more fulfilling.

Peggy's Cove:

While strolling down the streets of Lunenburg (btw, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site) I popped into their local pet store where I had the pleasure of chatting with Shelly), co-owner of Ralphs Cat & Dog Health Food Store. She said that Lunenburg is known as Doggie Town- people there LOVE their dogs - and was excited to tell me about their upcoming expansion into a larger building just down the street.

Leaving Lunenburg and winding our way back to Halifax, we stopped in Mahone Bay, another charming seaside town and also home to the Dog Shop where I had the pleasure of meeting, Sara, the owner, as well as this handsome Basset Hound customer who had just arrived for a grooming session in their in-house spa.

As we continued our trip back up the coast to Halifax we passed numerous signs advertising antiques. Being on a time constraint we managed to overcome the urge to stop and shop, that is until we passed through the quaint town of Chester where this sign worked its magic, drawing us into a barn FILLED with amazing antiques! Interestingly, the store owner also boards dogs, hence this sign of warning to drivers (btw, boarding rates are reasonable and the dogs get to hang out in the house with the family) 

If you're looking for dog-friendly accommodation in Halifax, the Westin Nova Scotian (a Starwood property), is a lovely place to stay. It's within walking distance to great restaurants and waterfront landmarks. You'll get pampered with a dreamy sleep in their trademark Heavenly Bed and Fritzi gets pampered, too, with his own dog-styled version of the Heavenly Bed. No extra fees are charged when you check in with your dog; however, you will be required to sign a waiver that you'll cover any damages he may cause.  

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