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A Dog's Life

Municipality of Chester

“The journey of life is sweeter when travelled with a dog"

If you're like us and consider your furry friend more a like a member of the family - chances are you'll be bringing them along on all of life's adventures.  Good thing, because we've got all kinds of spots to explore and enjoy here in the Municipality of Chester!

Our trail systems provide the perfect balance of wooded and wide open - with over 46 kilometers to sniff out and enjoy.  Well marked and conveniently appointed with 'Doggy Doo' stations along the way.  For everyone's safety - unless otherwise marked - we ask that you keep all dogs on their leash.

If it's an untethered adventure you're after, the good folks at Stewart Memorial "Off-Leash" Dog Park in Chester Basin have plenty of wonderful walks and events throughout the year.  While the park is membership based - their walks are open to everyone. 

And after all that running around you'll need a place to rest your head. You and your pet will be pleased to know our pals at the Oak Island Resort in Western Shore will happily check you in! It's the perfect spot for everyone in the family to enjoy the Municipality of Chester all year long. For all the details on their Pet Policies click here.


When it comes to taking in the sand and surf - dog's truly dig a day a the beach, so be sure to bring them along.  You'll find the complete list of beaches with the Municipality of Chester here. In accordance with the Nova Scotia Beaches Act all dogs must be kept on a leash and owners will be required to pick up after their pooch.

Of course camping is a crowd pleaser too and all of the camp sites in the Municipality welcome dogs. Fresh air days and star filled nights are a wonderful way for everyone to experience the South Shore.  Please note, leash laws and picking up after your pet are enforced.

No doubt you'll arrived armed with Fido's favourite snacks and supplies but on the off chance you find you're in short supply - you'll find everything you need here in the Municipality of Chester.  Grocery stores and convenience stores offer a great selection of food, and when it comes to supplies and specialty items pop by Your Friend and Mine Pet Supplies in Gold River.

Just in case you need some space while you're here, you can drop off your pooch for a few hours  - or an overnight stay at a couple of sweet spots. Oceanmark K-9 Resort in Chester Basin offers day boarding, long term boarding and grooming, as do the Goldwater Kennels in East Chester and Chester Bay Dog Chalet in Chester Basin 

We hope your visit to Municipality is a fun and safe one - however, should your pet require a vet - Chester Basin Animal Hospital offers a full range of services.

We look forward to seeing you and your four legged friends here in the Municipality of Chester.  We just know you'll find oodles of adventures and wonderfully-woof filled memories to treasure so please be sure to tag us in your photos @TourismChester - we'd love to see all the furry fun!