2016 MAIN DOG EVENTS IN TORONTO AND SURROUNDING AREAS
Torontonians who love dogs have a full agenda of events ahead this year.
Here is our top 10 DON'T MISS list!
March 25th – Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs, from NSD (various cities)
National Service Dogs holds this event for 18 years now, in various cities throughout Canada. Plastic eggs filled with dog treats are hidden at a local park and the idea is to start your inner hunter and find them! It’s a very amusing family day where everybody wins: the furry ones get treats, you have fun by helping raising money to the service dogs, plus, you might win a getaway for two to Montreal!
For more information on this event: http://www.nsd.on.ca/events/easter-egg-hunt-for-dogs/
March 25 to 27, 2016 – Spring Canadian Pet Expo (Mississauga )
If you enjoy going to malls, or if you are like me, who loves spending time at pet stores checking what else you can get to continue spoiling your pup, then this is your place. A huge space with all kinds of professionals and brands related to pets, from food to veterinary clinics, apparel to training and rescue organizations. You will also have the chance to watch shows, competitions, games, and, of course, dogs everywhere, as they are very welcome! If you’re lucky you might even get to see Smiley! Yes, the Canadian therapy dog who’s always smiling will be there to share his story and make everybody “awww”, myself included.
For more information on this event: http://www.springcpe.ca/
March 26th - Easter with the Ultimutts
The Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show is visiting PawsWay Saturday for an afternoon of family fun. If you laugh when dogs do tricks or human-like stuff you will dig this presentation of more than 50 circus style stunts and games.
For more information on this event: http://www.ultimutts.ca
March 27th Purina’s Pawsway Easter Sunday Event
A family event, mainly focused on kids, using Easter as a theme. The famous photobooth will be there to register tails and whiskers!
For more information on this event: http://www.pawsway.ca/news/
May 7th - Pampered Pooches T.O.
Love shopping and keeping up with the latest doggy trends, but not particularly keen on airless crowded malls? Well, then this is pawfect for you! An outdoor event so you and your bestie can enjoy the lovely spring weather while acquainting with some of the finest market brands, delightful food, pet photography and much more!
For more information on this event: http://www.torontoartcrawl.com/pampered-pooches-to/
May 7th and 8th – KW Pet Expo, Kitchener
Much like the Canadian Pet Expo, this will be a big event for those who want to know more about pet health and the pet market. There will be contests, shows and talks, along with more than 50 dealers for pet related products or services.
For more information on this event: http://kwpetexpo.com/
May 28th and 29th – Woofstock
As they say, “Woofstock is the largest outdoor festival for dogs in North America”, and it really is huge. It first went on 13 years ago, and since then, it only got more attention from pet lovers all over the country, so much that they had to move from its original place in order to accommodate everyone. It is a full two day outdoor event, with the presence of more than 200.000 animal lovers among more than 250 vendors of all sorts of pet related products and services. It also has contests, shows, talks, prizes, and of course, tons of cute furries of all sizes and types, including yours!
For more information on this event: https://woofstock.ca/
June 25th and 26th– Summer Pet Fest
Torontonian dog lovers are really lucky, since they have a whole weekend of fun and pet related events happening here. This is the largest Canadian outdoor pet festival, occupying over 8 acres of exhibitors at the Downsview Park. It’s a delightful event for the whole family, including the pawesome little ones, who are more than welcome. By attending you also help rescue organizations with their funds, which is, per se, a lovely reason for attending.
For more Information on this event: http://www.summercpe.ca/
Dog Lovers Days – various dates and places
This one is an event specifically destined for your dog! Your pooch will have a wonderful time playing, running, and being spoiled while helping raising awareness on dog related questions and funds for rescue organizations. If you are near any of the places, you should definitely stop by.
For more information on this event: http://www.dogloversdays.com
August 20th – London Pawlooza
London Pawlooza is a 100% volunteer-driven festival that happens every year in London, Ontario. The goal is to have a day of lots of fun for the family (and the pups), meanwhile touching people on abandoned pets and animal welfare, and that is why it always takes place on International Homeless Animal’s Day. There is an off leash Fun Zone, a swimming pond, agility activities and lots more of entertainment. All the fees go to charities and you will have the chance to take a bff home with you, since there are always adoptable canines available. Definitely a must go!
For more information on this event: http://www.pawlooza.com/index.html
September 10th and 11th – Fall Canadian Pet Expo and Reptile Breeders Expo
The fall version of the Spring Canadian Pet Expo, it’s part of the same series of events from Canadian Pet Expo, however, this one brings a little cold touch… reptiles! Over 300 exhibitors, various shows, activities, lectures and much more. It is an event for the family, for the animal lover and for the business person.
For more information on this event: http://www.fallcpe.ca
Written By: Ana Andrade
Animal Lover | Veterinary Physician (Brazil)
Starting over in Toronto! Rescue Supporter & Volunteer.
@ana.oandrade | @BarkingLove