Travel to Montreal With a Small Dog

Ah Montreal … what a fun and vibrant city. It was time to travel to Montreal with a small dog. Because, yes even with the crumbling infrastructure this metropolitan remains a favorite place for us to visit. Plus, my Aunt Nadine is there and she’s awesome! She is the Webmaster behind this site and my Mom’s Best Friend. She’s pretty much amazing … even if her cat Cosette is an old cranky lady, stuck in her ways.

Montreal – means Mount Royal. It’s a huge sprawling city full of culture and history and some wonderful old architecture. If you enjoy some great shopping it’s an amazing place to go. It also has some fantastic museums and exhibits, including a current one on Jean Paul Gauthier. The Old Port area is wonderful in it’s European feel. The city has so much to offer (fully bilingual) including some great eateries! But what you want here is a little tidbit on the city in terms of its dog friendliness.

So let me share with you a day spent as a four legged in Montreal.

We arrived for an early lunch that was enjoyed on my bipeds favorite street – St. Denis. We stopped at a little place called Bistro Coté Soleil (Bistro Sunny Side in French) because they have a dog friendly patio. Now admittedly it’s tiny – and we recommend you either reserve or get there early – or … be prepared to wait. In the usual adorable old Montreal style, the patio is nestled under the fancy wrought Iron stair that leads to the residential home above. This actually worked wonders for us, providing a table that had, by default because of the stair, shade and an area that was just right for me – since it was too low for a chair and table – but plenty of space for me (all 8 inches off the ground) and a new friend I met that day, a lovely little cavalier spaniel. The food is good without being extraordinary, the service is friendly – the staff brought me a dog bowl with cool water. The menu has a large variety so there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

After this fun and enjoyable moment – we headed out to “The Village”. Like every large metropolitan in Canada this is not so subtle “code” for the Gay community. In this case a lovely series of 4-5 blocks that in the summer months is closed off to cars and becomes pedestrian. The whole thing canopied under row upon row upon row of stringed pink plastic spheres. It creates a lovely pink hue and clearly establishes the pedestrian area. This lends itself to wonderful patios, complete with canines and … parrots! The patios served food, drinks and much more … loads of people watching. We even stopped in a central square at the foot of The Village where street performers entertained free of charge.

Fabulous graffiti and murals (one where I swear I had been depicted!) bring loads of color to the area, some fun makeshift patios that engulf the street lamps no longer needed during the pedestrian months welcome you with cool drinks in the hot summer sun…. We saw everything from families, couples, both gay and heterosexual and seniors hanging out on a bench in the shade. Everyone is welcome… fur and feathered friends too.

Following this, we went off to visit Montréal’s first (and I think only) Canine and Feline Hotel. We will talk more about this in a separate entry to do it justice.

After a long day of walking in the heat, we ventured off to the Atwater Market. What is funny is that everywhere there are signs indicating that dogs are not welcome. yet, everywhere we looked we saw small dogs either on leash, in bags or in arms. Our theory is this:  The sign in fact is for large dogs; but there seems to be a sort of silent agreement between vendors and by-law enforcement that small canines are somehow – exempt. So we had fun and enjoyed ourselves immensely. There was so much lovely food (cheese, meats, mushrooms, bread…) and fun people not to mention gorgeous flowers and so much more. Well worth the visit, even at the end of the day as things close down.

Here is an extensive list of fun canine friendly activities, information on transportation (yes the metro is dog friendly!)  and eateries in Montreal should you visit! always call ahead to confirm!!

Accommodations

Comfort Inn South -7863 Boulevard Taschereau  Brossard
Econo Lodge Brossard -8350 Boulevard Taschereau  Brossard
Comfort Inn Laval -2055 Auto Des Laurentides  Laval
Econo Lodge Laval -1981 Blvd Cure Labelle  Laval
Quality Suites Laval -2035 Autoroute Des Laurentides  Laval
Auberge du vieux-port -97 rue de la Commune Est  Montreal
Candlewood Suites Montreal Centre-ville -191 Rene Levesque Boulevard East  Montreal
Chateau Versailles -1659 Sherbrooke Street West  Montreal
Crowne Plaza Montreal Airport -6600 Cote De Liesse  Montreal
Delta Montreal -475 avenue Président-Kennedy  Montreal
Embassy Suites – Montreal Quebec -208 St-antoine Ouest  Montreal
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth -900 Rene Levesque Blvd  Montreal
Hilton Montreal Bonaventure -900 De La Gauchetiere W  Montreal
Holiday Inn Airport Saint-laurent -6500 Cote De Liesse  Montreal
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Montreal Centre-ville -155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East  Montreal
Holiday Inn Montreal-midtown -420 Sherbrooke Street West  Montreal
Hotel Godin -10 Sherbrooke Ouest  Montreal
Hotel Le Germain -2050, rue Mansfield  Montreal
Intercontinental Montreal -360 Rue Saint Antoine Ouest  Montreal
Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel -1201 Rene Levesque Blvd West  Montreal
Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel -1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West  Montreal
Le Saint-Sulpice -414 rue St-Sulpice  Montreal
Loews Hotel Vogue -1425 Rue De La Montagne  Montreal
Novotel – Montreal Center -1180 Rue de la Montagne  Montreal
Quality Hotel Dorval Aeroport -7700 Cote De Liesse  Montreal
Quality Hotel Downtown -3440 Avenue Du Parc  Montreal
Quality Inn Downtown Montreal -1214 Crescent St  Montreal
Residence Inn By Marriott Montreal Airport -6500 Place Robert-joncas  Montreal
Residence Inn Montreal Downtown -2045 Peel Street  Montreal
Residence Inn Montreal Westmount -2170 Lincoln Avenue  Montreal
Ritz-Carlton Montreal -1228 Sherbrooke Street West  Montreal
W Montréal -901 Square Victoria  Montreal

Accommodations – Vacation Home Rentals

Compy Bed and Breakfast/Great Location -Email for Availability from Website  Montreal
Contemporary Downtown Condos -Email for Availability from Website  Montreal
Well Appointed Downtown Condo -Email for Availability from Website  Montreal

Accommodations – RV Parks and Campgrounds

Camping de Compton -24 Chemin De La Station  Compton
Montreal West KOA -171 H 338  Coteau du Lac
Camping Lac LaFontaine -110 Boul  Grand Heron
Camping Alouette -3449 L’Industrie  Saint-Mathieu-de-beloeil

Attractions

Caleche Andre Boisrt -St Lawrence Blvd at De La Commune  Montreal
Caleche Lucky Luc –  Montreal
Circuit des Fantoms du Vieux Ghost Tours -469 Francis Xavier  Montreal
Guidatour Walking Tours of Montreal -Sulpice at Notre Dame Street  Montreal
Lachine Canal National Historic Site -East to West across Montreal  Montreal
Place Jacques Cartier and Vieux Montreal -Rue St-Paul E at Place Jacques Cartier  Montreal
Tours Kaleidoscope -6592, Chateaubriand  Montreal
Geordie Charters -20 Westwood Drive Pointe-Claire  Pointe-Claire

Parks

Sentier de la Presqu’île (Trail) -2001 Jean-Pierre  Le Gardeur
Lafontaine Park -Sherbrook at Papineau  Montreal
McGill University Campus -859 rue Sherbrooke Ouest  Montreal
Mont-Royal Park -1260, Chemin Remembrance  Montreal
Parc Jean-Drapeau -Ile Notre-Dame  Montreal
Summit Park and Bird Sanctuary -Belvedere Road  Montreal

Off-Leash Dog Parks

Autoroute 20 at 55e Avenue Off-Leash Area -Autoroute 20 at 55e Avenue  Lachine Borrough
Promendade du rail Off-Leash Area -rue Victoria between 10e and 15e  Lachine Borrough
Rue Victoria and 28e Avenue Off-Leash Area -Rue Victoria and 28e Avenue  Lachine Borrough
Rue Victoria and 40e Avenue Off-Leash Area -Rue Victoria and 40e Avenue  Lachine Borrough
Rue des Erables Off-Leash Area -Rue des Erables at Rue Emile-Pominville  Lachine Borrough
Stoney Point River Park Off-Leash Area -Between 45e and 56e Avenues  Lachine Borrough
Notre-Dame-de-Grace Park -Girouard and Sherbrooke West  Montreal
King George Park Off-Leash Area -Cote St. Antoine and Murray  Westmount

Stores

Bark & Fitz -4868 rue Sherbrooke Quest/H 138  Montreal
Club K-9 -6004 Club Sherbrooke West  Montreal
Le Reveil du Maitre Boutique -1720 Av. Laurier E  Montreal
Le Reveil du Maitre Boutique and Dog Cafe -5377 Boul. Saint-Laurent  Montreal
Poochey Couture -2344 Lucerne  Montreal
Le Reveil du Maitre Boutique -1461 Van Horne  Outremont
Le Reveil du Maitre Boutique and Dog Cafe -4850 Boul. Saint-Jean  Pierrefonds

Outdoor Restaurants

Bistro Cote Soleil -3979, rue Saint-Denis  Montreal
Brioche Lyonnaise -1593 St. Denis Street  Montreal
Byla Byla -1395, Avenue Dollard Verdun/Lasalle, Lachine  Montreal
Guy and Dodo Morali -1445, Peel Street  Montreal
Jardin Asean Garden -5828 Sherbrooke West  Montreal
La Iguana -51 Roy Est at St-Dominique  Montreal

Transportation Systems

Atlas Taxi –  Montreal
Metro (Subway) -Throughout the Region  Montreal
Unitaxi –  Montreal
VIA Rail Canada –  Montreal

 

In review: Montreal is a dog friendly city by North American standards and a fun place for canine lovers to enjoy!  So grab your carrier and leash and go! So travel to Montreal with a small dog! you’ll enjoy it!

 

30 Comments on “Travel to Montreal With a Small Dog

  1. Hmmmm it looks like the girls and I need to take a trip to Montreal! We’ll have to stay out of the Atwater market. Can you sneak me the name of the hotel? I want to check it out asap. Can’t wait for your review on that!

    • The hotel is just for canines and felines …. but in the post I listed all the pet friendly hotels for you!! Let me know when you go and drop a review here!!

    • Hope you take Jack!! I can really see him enjoying the horse buggy ride in the old port!!

  2. Spotted your little guy in the markets of San Lorenzo in Florence…he’s just the cutest! Love the blog and great article. I’ve lived in Florence for 3 years but return to Montreal (my hometown) every summer with my dog, so this article is very helpful. Excited to read a new article about Florence!

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  4. I think everyone should know that the metro system is not really pet friendly!!! You HAVE to have your dog in a crate/cage/bag otherwise you can get a fine of $75 – $500

    Go to: http://stm.info/English/info/a-guideduvoyageur.htm
    and click on “Riding public transit with your pet”

    I live in Montreal and have already tried bringing my little dog on the metro without a cage/bag. I got on okay as I guess the security did not see him… I thought the metro was pet friendly… and than when we were on the train, security saw me and kicked me out… I was really far from home on the south shore with no way of getting home and not enough cash on me for a taxi. I had to wait 4 horus in an area i did not know for someone to pick me up. They would not allow me back into the metro with my LITTLE dog.

    If you keep your dog in a bag or cage, they are okay with it, but I wouldnt go as far as saying the metro is pet friendly.. as someone might try to bring a medium or large sized dog with them and get a huge fine.

    • Sorry you had such a negative experience – Always read the instructions and enquire about the rules and boundaries.

      Almost anywhere in the world we have traveled dogs are required to be in a bag, sling or carrier. In Italy – they allow big dogs on board as long as they are muzzled. I have to say – I have never gone anywhere where you could just walk on with a dog – small or large even .. in most progressive Paris or Florence.

      It is a valid point – and thank you for bringing it up. Bottom line – the metro in Montreal is small dog friendly as long as you follow the rules of keeping your dog in a carrier/bag. I am sorry you had such a rough experience … thank you for sharing.

      • Thanks for the information! Heading to Montreal next week with my puppy leonberger of 30lbs and was trying to figure out if teh subway and buses were pet friendly or not. I’m thinking that I’ll bring a backpack to carry him around in XD It’ll be a great way to get in the subway without getting a fine!

        Also, if you are looking for a great city for pets, Toronto is incredible when it comes to animals! You can have them in any bus or subway no matter the size and no need for a carrier or bag! Just a leash and good manners 😀 I found that most stores will allow them inside as well! Of course, I’m not so sure everywhere will still be as welcoming when my young pup becomes a 150lbs lion XD haha!

        • We keep meaning to head to Toronto. We have been. Just not long enough to write a review. For us dog friendly is really a matter of being able to dine with the canine. Because of that we find that Canada in general is not all that dog friendly at all.

          I just got back from Montreal and if you can DO go to Hot-Dog Cafe! its not easy to access but it is Canada’s 1st ever WITH Canine restaurant. Any size dog is welcome – even the future lion Leonberger! (great name!)

          I will be writing a review on the place soon but wanted you to have the info before you go!

  5. OMD, Just read this article, its awesome!!!! Thanks for all he great info and tips. Keep them coming we love it. I will bookmark this for sure! Hugs from all of us.

  6. Thank you so much for a very helpful info : )
    I have 7 months yorkie. He is so cute and I can’t leave him with other (for now anyway) because I will miss him so much!!
    We’re planning to visit Montreal soon.

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  8. I love this article :) I love writing stories from the dogs perspective as well 😀

    Without trying to spam this post in any way, I wanted to check with the author if we can get added to the list of fun dog places to visit in Montreal.

    We are doggie daycare in NDG and we get a lot of tourist traffic, so I know from experience that the readers of this post would be excited to bring their pup in for a play session while they go shopping or visiting museums.

    We are at 6131 Sherbrooke Street West and called DoggyDay Centre Canin. Please feel free to delete any parts of this comment that you deem inappropriate. I hate reading fun blog posts that have been spammed by self promoting and that is NOT what I want to do.

    Cheerios! BE MORE DOG 😀

    • Don’t mind the information in the comments here in case someone is looking for a daycare. However the idea of the blog is to focus on things you can do together as a “cross species” family. We don’t cover things that split the human and canines up. Sadly in Canada and a lot of North America that is far too often a requirement. As a result we are particularly happy when we find places like the Hot Dog Café or le Doggy Café that allow pets inside for dining for example. But by all means I am glad you shared your doggy daycare information here. I (Monte) too go to doggy daycare twice a week here in Ottawa!

      I hope to go to Montreal again this summer – maybe I will stop in Eve! Could be fun to meet!

    • Hi, Montecristo and Eve!

      Thanks so much for this information. We are visiting Montreal in June and are bringing our chihuahua mix, Rue, with us.

      For lodging, I used airbnb and found a pet-friendly host so that’s always an option, too. The article itself has provided excellent information for us regarding getting around because we want to keep Rue with us as much as possible during our stay so thank you for that, it’s just the kind of information I was hoping to find.

      That being said, I am also glad to have the information regarding Doggy Day Care as it’s possible there may be a time or two when we might not be able to take her but would prefer not to leave her alone at the loft. I was going to ask Montecristo about reputable pet-sitters/day care facilities. We will look you up if it turns out we need to have her looked after for a bit, Eve!

      • Well I do know of the hot dog cafe … they have doggy daycare there … call ahead maybe they can refer you to more downtown.

  9. PS: I just noticed you have a lot of posts about Bulgaria and I’m dying to know how that came about? I’m Bulgarian and most people don’t even know where that is, let along write multiple travel blogs on it, LOL

    • YEP! and that is what we want to try and include in the blog – we are trying to go to South Korea in the fall in MERS dies down. Off the beaten path so to speak.

      We have many fans. Over the last five years we have been invited by some of them to visit their home town, or even more impressive they volunteer to be our guides in their country. That is what happened in Bulgaria! Two long time fans (Radmila and Slavko and their Chi Pepi) invited us and we spent two weeks road tripping with them. WAS AWESOME!!

      We have also been to Texas that way, to Philadelphia and … brigantine! We have been to the South of France in Nice and so on. Kind of like Couch Surfing … but with long time FB and blog friends! ALWAYS looking for new places! Actually South Korea is also a FB fan invite!

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  15. Thank you for this informative post. We are headed to Montreal with our little terrier mix for Canada Day and this is very helpful. We will definitely check out the restaurants you suggested.

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