by John McKiernan
If you’re planning to travel to Edmonton and the Canadian Rockies with a pet, you’ll want to have some ideas of where you can stay with them. When traveling with a pet, it’s best to imagine it as a mini version of you.
Like you, your pet has to swap its comfortable home for rented accommodations. It has to have identification and its own set of toiletries. And your pet, especially if it is a dog, will want to do all the activities that you are doing in and around the Canadian Rockies.
The only difference is your pet never has to pay. The fact is, the Canadian Rockies is not Disney World, it is literally ‘the great outdoors.’ There is no better place to bring a pet than here. Many hotels will accept a pet with a forewarning phone call but here are some of accommodations that are especially pet friendly.
Below are a few from Edmonton:
Family and pet friendly, affordable, with more than 100 rooms to choose from and only 1km from the world famous West Edmonton Mall. If your pet isn’t allowed to go shopping, he will at least be relaxing in the comforts of the hotel.
Within walking distance to shopping, entertainment and business centres. Rooms with complete kitchen options are available. The best part is the dedicated pet floors, available at an additional charge. For the humans, there is also an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and fitness facility, though it probably wouldn’t welcome swimming dogs!
220 rooms, swimming pool with slide, restaurant on site and fairly priced. Pet friendly with designated rooms, but make sure to give a warning phone call first, otherwise there will be a charge of $50.
The Sawridge Inn, Edmonton South
At the Sawridge Inn, there are 15 rooms dedicated for pets, so there are plenty of options. Again, the humans in your traveling party will enjoy a comfortable room with all the standard amenities.
Pets are welcome to stay at the Best Western, and there are no size restrictions, so it may be the best place to bring Irish Wolfhounds and other large breeds. The pets must be penned when not attended, and you must leave a cell number in case you need to be contacted. For the humans, the Best Western has a swimming pool, handicapped facilities, guest room with terraces, high speed internet and children free stays for children under 17.