Rover, Rover, come on over!

Story by Shauna Quinn

Summer 2023

If working from home has taught me anything, it’s the comfort of companionship from having my almost 18-year-old Bichon Shih Tzu Yorkie forever at my feet. As time takes its toll, I find myself planning my summer vacation and exploration with his aging needs in mind. And, like many, despite my longing for a long tropical escape, summer planning starts with ‘what about the dog?’

Luckily, summering in Airdrie with your four-legged friend couldn’t be easier. Whether you’re looking for an active day out or a quiet spot to soak up the summer sun, use this guide to plan your perfect dog’s days of summer.

Never underestimate a classic

Make your first stop one of Airdrie’s many parks. The ever-popular East Lake small dog park. caters to dogs 30 pounds and under. For larger breeds, the off-leash area at Nose Creek Park is a favourite destination for many. Or leash up and enjoy one of the city’s many walking trails and picnic benches on a warm sunny day.

Events gone to the dogs

New this year are two community events with a special focus on our furry friends. Bark in the Park is the first exciting event you will want to attend. It takes place on June 10, at Nose Creek Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dogs can socialize with other pups and participate in fun activities like a talent and fashion show, frisbee toss, best tricks or high jump competition. There are also demonstrations and exhibitions.

The second event for Airdrie’s canine crew is Pawz in the Park on July 22, also happening at Nose Creek Park. It will be a day filled with fun activities, including a market, agility demos, food trucks and even a wiener dog race.

If a quiet evening on the greens is more your thing, Woodside Golf Course has implemented a new policy allowing golfers to bring their leashed dogs onto the course on Friday through Sundays after 4 p.m. at no extra cost. As tempting as a game of fetch on the dogleg fairways may be, dogs must be leashed at all times, and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

Sip or slurp summer away.

After a long day of activities, there are plenty of pet-friendly cafes and restaurants around the city. Good Earth Coffeehouse and Bakery has a great dog-friendly patio to relax on and enjoy the fresh air.

Main Street Beer & BBQ is another good option, offering a heaping helping of fine food and beverages on their lively and sun-drenched patios. Water bowls are available.

Airdrie’s Ale Trail is also home to several local breweries with dog-friendly patios where BYOB (Bring Your Own Biscuits) is encouraged.

If you’re looking for something different to do, shop Where On Earth Did You Get That? This locally-owned business is filled with all things vintage and antique. Pick up a copy of Old Yeller, or one of grandma’s collectable dog figurines.

Airdrie is a wonderful place for pet owners, with plenty of activities, spaces and services to explore. Find more dog-friendly businesses and supports at

Grab your leash, and pack a few treats as we call ‘Rover, Rover come on over!’

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Shauna Quinn is the Tourism Development Officer with the City of Airdrie.