Pet Friendly Roadside Stop Rigaud, Quebec

We do a lot of travel by car.  Drive to Toronto, to Montreal and sometimes trips (about 5 hours one way) to Quebec City to visit family. And I have to say we have our favorite pet friendly roadside stops.

I have mentioned before that we believe a dog, just like a human should be strapped in for safety, and as a result I have a booster seat.  In addition, we have also mentioned those things that should be brought along for a road trip – short or long – that are basics for comfort and health.

Rigaud pet stop Quebec

This stop has a DOG area!

But the most important moment on the road trip is the pit stop (a.k.a. pee break).  With a dog, this becomes even more important, especially for puppies that do not yet have bladder control and need a positive experience.

You will find that many airports have come to understand the needs of canine travelers.  On the whole, Highway road side facilities are actually less up-to-snuff.  You have zooming high speed traffic and unlike at certain airports, we have never seen an enclosed safe zone where a dog could run free to stretch out.  Luckily however, almost every road side stop comes with a grassy area.  Unfortunately many of them have been abused by bad pet owners that do not clean up after their pets.  Never have we seen a designated pet area at a highway road side stop.

Until now that is.

Pet Friendly Roadside Stop Rigaud, Quebec

Designated pet area! See the sign?

Imagine our surprise as we pulled in at Rigaud’s brand new stop about an hour before reaching Montreal .  It’s a classy place with 2-3 eateries (unfortunately only fast food) a corner store and nice large clean bathrooms with stainless steel dividers and automated sinks and soap dispensers.  It has a visitor’s center and a large area for tour buses to stop.  The trees are still young – but they are there and will soon provide shade in the summer months to all the parked cars.  There is a fun and busy kid’s jungle gym and playground off to the rear of the building with picnic tables for families to chow down.  The gas station is open and clean and has a path that allows 4 wheelers to drive up right off the wooded trail to fill up – the same would apply in the winter for the snow mobiles.  The place is amazingly well thought out and … includes a dog area.

Yep – an area especially and clearly marked for those travelling with Canines.  Even more lovely is that those traveling with dogs have not been relegated to the far back corner! No … right there – near the front entrance no less!  There are about 8-10 spots for cars set aside under the dog sign.  When we stopped there were three cars parked there.  There is a large area with thick grass, and a sign reminding you to pick up after your pet.  Poop bags are not provided but the restaurants are happy to give you something (napkins etc.) should you have forgotten to bring your own and there is not one, not two but four garbage cans provided for easy waste disposal.

Pet Friendly Roadside Stop Rigaud, Quebec

So much space to run about in! YAY!!!

The area has a fence to protect pets should they get away and stop them from getting to the highway.  And, there are picnic tables available for folks to sit down and enjoy a meal with their canine(s).  Canadian bylaw prevents them from doing anything inside (mom asked) so – inclement weather would still be a problem.  But the fact that they even thought of this is remarkable and a step in the right direction.

I had a great time sniffing all the fun new smells, relieved myself and ran around (on leash) with the bipeds.  We sat and enjoyed a little sun and some fresh water and some local hard cheese.  We felt welcome.

Oh AND if it’s raining but you want to stop for coffee or a snack – the restaurants are not pet friendly BUT the little library area at the info section IS!! WE ate at the table no trouble (pictured in the banner).


In review:  Pet Friendly Roadside Stop Rigaud, Quebec: If you happen to be on the 417 (Queensway) between Ottawa and Montreal with your canine, stop for your break at Rigaud… you will not regret it!  We need more pet friendly roadside stops so don’t be afraid to ask for them!


6 Comments on “Pet Friendly Roadside Stop Rigaud, Quebec

  1. Thank you so much for this post! My dog (Tramp) and I are always driving between Ottawa and Montreal. I have always stopped at the larger stop with all the food places. I do not knwo what it is called. I will change that now!


  2. I am thinking about visiting Montreal and Quebec. I go everywhere with my little 12 lb terrier mix, Tilly. I am so thankful to come across your blogs on Montreal and Quebec. It really saves me a lot of time in finding out if a place is petfriendly. Thank-you so much for sharing your trip with your little, who is so adorable. Your photographs of your dog on your trips remind me of the ones I take of my little Tilly. It’s wonderful to meet someone who travels with the dog like I do. Thank-you.

    • Welcome to our blog Marinda and Tilly!! If you do visit please let us know! We are often in town and who knows?! Maybe we could meet-up. It is messages like this one that really make our day. We love the blog, and the friends we have made here but to know it is a useful resource for people is what makes us truly happy!! If you are on Facebook do like the page and we can chat some time! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. We really appreciate it.

      P.S. An update on Quebec city will be coming up after the Holidays. 🙂

  3. thank you for sharing your very important information to about dog.
    it’s the great post us. Its really nice article for us.
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