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Bringing Your Pooch to the Wine Trail

Updated: Jul 21


Are you the kind of dog parent that prefers to bring your four-legged bestie along for every adventure? Well, there is no reason why those adventures can't include wine tasting with our dog-friendly wineries here in Lake Country!


We have some usual housekeeping to keep these beautiful destinations dog-friendly.


  • Please ensure that your dog is on a leash at all times

  • Only bring well-socialized and behaved pooches

  • Pick up after their 'business'

  • And respect the designated areas for your four-legged friends

  • Keep in mind that many of the spots below are first come, first served



 


Five Dog-Friendly Wineries in Lake Country


1. Ancient Hill Estate Winery - Dog-Friendly Patio


Ancient Hill Winery asks that if you have your four-legged friend with you, please bring him! They have a spot outside with stunning views ready for serving wine to humans and their furry pals. Ancient Hill also has two winery dogs, often greeting guests, sweeping the patio floor or simply enjoying the sunshine and views.


Local tip: The Ellison dog park near the airport is a fantastic off-leash dog park only 2 minutes from Ancient Hill Estate. So if you want to tire your dog out before wine tasting, this is a perfect spot! You can enjoy lots of running room, beautiful paths, fresh water, and some benches.


Ancient Hill Estate Winery Website


2. Arrowleaf Cellars - Dog-Friendly Picnic Area


While you cannot bring your pup inside for wine tastings, Arrowleaf cellars have the next best thing; flights of wine. Flights of wine are available during the summer. They can be enjoyed on their large lawn patio with expansive views of Okanagan Lake. Arrowleaf also offers charcuterie, cheese boards and, if you're early enough on the weekends, cream puffs!


Arrowleaf Cellars Website


3. Blind Tiger Vineyards - Dog-Friendly Patio


Blind Tiger Vineyards is yet another incredible dog-friendly option with views overlooking Lake Country's quaint orchards and stunning Wood Lake. You can enjoy a wine tasting on their expansive patio with your pup by your side. And if you're enjoying the view, stay for Marno's delicious pizza. Blind Tiger also offers local cider, beer, and even wine slushies!


A new addition in this Summer (2022) is a Pup Menu featuring things like a pawcuterie board and pupsicles for the hot days. Your dog will be in winery heaven right alongside you with treats like these!


Blind Tiger Vineyards Website


4. Intrigue Wines - Dog-Friendly Picnic Area


Intrigue Wines has an outdoor tasting bar (keep in mind on a sunny day, this spot will be in hot demand, so you might need to wait your turn). While you wait, grab a bottle of wine, kombucha or another of their refreshing drinks and grab a spot on the lawn. The lawn is dog friendly, with patio furniture so comfy you'll want to stay all afternoon! Best of all, Intrigue Wines has several to-go food options to enjoy on the patio, on the road, or at home. Try their famous Social Bites, charcuterie.


Intrigue Wines Website


5. Peak Cellars - Dog-Friendly Summer Patio


During the summer, Peak Cellars allows well-behaved pooches onto their patio area at the Garden Bistro. Here you will enjoy wine by the glass and delicious food, much of which is grown on-site in their own gardens or locally sourced.


Peak Cellars Website


 

Dog parks and beaches nearby...


Ellison Dog Park


Located near the airport, the Ellison dog park mentioned earlier is an enormous park with an additional park for small dogs. Both areas are fully enclosed, perfect for your pooch to let off some steam.


Directions to Ellison Dog Park


Lake Country Dog Park


If you're looking for a bit of shade on a sunny day, this is the park for you. A stunning setting with lots of large trees for a respite from the hot Okanagan sun. This park is BYO water.


Directions to Lake Country Dog Park


Pelmewash Dog Off-leash Beach


A small but fully enclosed dog park with beach access. An excellent spot for your dog to cool off in the beautiful Wood Lake (if you can deal with the wet dog smell on the way home!). Next to this dog beach is the rail trail, which heads all the way to Oyama. Another great day out in Lake Country!


Directions to Pelmewash Off-leash Dog Beach

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