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Top 200 Places: The Butchart Gardens – Victoria Canada

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

The Butchart Gardens
Vancouver Island,
British Columbia

Leashed dogs are allowed at this 50-acre show-place of floral finery offering spectacular views of gardens. You and your pup can stroll along meandering paths and expansive lawns. But Butchart Gardens does more than just allow dogs. These dog-friendly folks have placed running dog drinking fountains throughout the entire garden. Thanks to one of our readers for recommending this place. The Butchart Gardens is a must visit if you are on Vancouver Island!

Top 200 Places, with tens of thousands of places listed to take your dog to, will be releasing on it’s Dog News blog, Facebook page and on Twitter a list of 200 Top Places that you can take your dog in the U.S. and Canada. This list, while intended to highlight top places that are especially pet-friendly, is not designed to be the absolutely top 200 places that we could find, but a sampling of the top places so that all regions, types of attractions, hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, parks, beaches, shopping and more can be considered. No doubt each of you will find many other places not on this list or our full list of dog-friendly places at Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at You can also let us and our readers know if you agree or disagree with the selections, or your experiences there. Please keep in mind that places often change their policies regarding dogs and thus may have different policies at any time in the future.

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About VIA Rail In Canada

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The VIA Rail train system serves more than 450 destinations throughout Canada; Dogs are allowed for transport in the baggage car for an additional fee, and they may be fed and walked during stops. Pets must be crated and crates are available at the station if needed. The fee for small dogs is $15 per train each way; a small crate is 22X13X16 inches and rents for $50. The fee for medium sized dogs is $25 per train each way; a medium crate is 24X18X21 inches and rents for $75. The fee for a large dog is $40 per train each way; a large crate is 36X24X27 inches and rents for $120. The fee for an extra large dog is $50 per train each way; an extra large crate is 48X30X33 inches and rents for $150. Most stations stops are no longer than 1 to 2 hours apart, with longer stops each 6 – 10 hours even on cross country trips. The Train goes coast to coast in Canada from Vancouver to Toronto to Halifax, from Prince Rupert to Jasper, and other routes covering most of Canada. Northern states United States dog owners might consider the route from Vancouver to Niagara, Windsor or other eastern points as a substitute for Amtrak or air travel with pets. Amtrak doesn’t allow pets at all, with you, in a crate, in baggage or any other way except for service animals.

Here is a link to VIA Rail