Red Deer’s Pet-Friendly Travel Guide
The best moments in life are shared with the ones you love and a holiday just isn’t the same when you have to leave your fur baby behind. Fortunately, visitors to Red Deer can bring their pets along. Central Alberta has an abundance of pet-friendly places to keep both people and pets happy.
A number of hotels in Red Deer accommodate pets – some at no additional charge. Be sure to let the hotel know you’re planning to bring a pet so they can plan to accommodate you appropriately. Here’s a few of the best pet-friendly hotels in the city and their key features.
Best Western PLUS Inn & Suites: “Help yourself” dog treats in the lobby, a large grassy area behind the hotel, pet dishes, and blankets.
Motel 6: Located near Pet Smart and a large open field, treats behind the counter, pick up bags and pets stay free.
Quality Inn North Hill: pet rooms available, check-in “Doggie Bag” consisting of kibble, squeeze toy and 2 poop & scoop bags.
Sandman Hotel: Dog treats at the front desk at the time of arrival.
Sheraton Hotel Red Deer: Sheraton Love your Dog Program, dogs stay free, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Dog Bed, and Pet Welcome Pack.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott: all pets welcome, dedicated outside area with doggy station.
Three Mile Bend: This 55 hectare natural area caters to a variety of outdoor activities – including providing an off leash dog area. It is located on the North Bank Trail adjacent to the Red Deer River.
Oxbows Off Leash Dog Park: Located at the corner of 19 Street and 40 Avenue, this off leash park is a huge 16 hectare site designed exclusively for dogs and their owners
4 Paws Dog Daycare: If you need a babysitter during your vacation, 4 Paws Dog Daycare provides a fun, safe environment and supervised care for your beloved pet. It’s Red Deer’s largest dog daycare.
You’ll find homemade treats at several local businesses. Pop by for a “pupcake” at Babycakes and have something sweet for yourself at the same time. You’ll also find homemade puppy treats at Tail Blazers or Fetch Haus.
RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre, Depot Division
Did you know that Canada’s only RCMP Police Dog Training Centre is located in central Alberta? You can’t bring your own dog to the centre, but any dog lover would enjoy a visit to learn some of the techniques used in dog handling and training. The RCMP has well over one hundred Police Dog Teams and some of the best dog handlers and trainers in the world work at the Centre. Free public demonstrations are conducted every Wednesday afternoon between Victoria Day and Labour Day at 2 pm and last for approximately 45 minutes. Reservations are not required unless you are travelling in a large group.
BRING THIS STORY ALIVE: Bring your pet to Red Deer and write about it. We’ll set up a pet-friendly itinerary for qualified media. Contact Liz Taylor for more information.