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The Ultimate Guide to Pet-Friendly Living in Ottawa

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If you’re a pet owner living in the city, you know that finding suitable accommodation and amenities for your furry friend is essential. Whether you’re a long-term resident or considering moving to Ottawa, this guide breaks down all you need to know about living in The Capital with your pet, from finding animal-friendly apartment rentals to exploring parks, businesses, and services that cater to pets.

Pet-Friendly Accommodations

When it comes to living in Ottawa with your furry friend, the most critical priority is securing a pet-friendly living space. Some landlords or property managers may explicitly advertise these rentals, while others may be open to negotiating pet policies on a case-by-case basis. Consider reaching out directly to landlords or using online platforms that allow you to filter for pet-friendly listings. In some cases, a pet deposit or a signed pet agreement may be required to provide landlords with peace of mind and alleviate concerns about potential damage.

Pet-Friendly Neighbourhoods

When searching for the perfect neighbourhood in Ottawa to call home, it’s essential to consider factors beyond pet-friendly apartments. For example, look for neighbourhoods with ample green spaces, parks, and walking trails where your pet can exercise and socialize. Old Ottawa South and the Glebe are known for their pet-friendly atmosphere and easy access to Brewer Park, while Sandy Hill is near Strathcona Park, where you can take Adàwe Crossing Bridge to Riverain Park for an afternoon full of exploration and adventure.

Additionally, think about the availability of pet-related amenities, such as veterinary clinics, pet stores, and grooming salons within the neighbourhood. 

Communities and Events

Aside from pet-friendly amenities and services, Ottawa also offers a vibrant community for pet owners, complete with various events and activities tailored to pets and their humans. For example, you can join local pet meetup groups or online communities to connect with other pet owners in your area. These groups often organize playdates and social events for pets and their owners to enjoy together.

Pet-Friendly Restaurants and Cafes in Ottawa

At times, when you want to take your furry friend with you for a quick lunch or coffee, it’s good to know where the pet-friendly spots are. Here are some of our favourites:

  • The Wild Oat Bakery & Cafe: Located in Bellingham, this cozy cafe welcomes pets on its outdoor patio. Enjoy organic and locally sourced dishes alongside your furry companion.
  • Bridgehead Coffeehouse: With multiple locations across the city, Bridgehead Coffeehouse offers pet-friendly outdoor seating where you can sip on fair trade coffee and enjoy freshly baked treats with your pet by your side.
  • The Ministry of Coffee & Social Affairs: This trendy cafe in Ottawa's Hintonburg neighbourhood boasts a pet-friendly patio where you can relax with a cup of artisanal coffee or a gourmet sandwich while soaking up the sunshine with your furry friend.

Take On The City With Your Pet

Ottawa offers many different opportunities for pet-friendly living, from accommodating housing options to welcoming businesses and vibrant community events. By taking advantage of the city’s pet-friendly amenities, services, and resources, you can create a fulfilling lifestyle for both you and your companion. If you’re still looking for a place to call home, browse our pet-friendly apartments at CLV Group.